Three Sydney Food Tour Experiences

 

Feasting in the Know – Grazing Adventure

Long known for its thriving Asian community, it should come as little surprise that there are some truly authentic Asian eateries in Sydney. But finding the non-tourist trap venues that are off the beaten track is difficult unless you’re in contact with someone in the know. Well now you are: Wee Lynn Teo. She knows the best places to get lip-smacking Asian grub that’s the real deal. And she’s not afraid to share them.

Intrepid foodies can choose either a prearranged route or have one tailored specifically for them. A Feasting in the Know walking tour could begin in Homebush West in a hole-in-the-wall street food café with a Tianjin crepe and pork bun at Mamy Snack. The crepe a multilayered, eggy masterpiece, the bun a soft-as-you-like cloud of pastry enveloping deliciously moist minced pork. Then it might move on to prawn and pork dumplings and glutinous rice balls at Hong Kong dim sum joint, Best Tastes Dim Sim. And that’s just breakfast.

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It could also include Momiji in Burwood, owned by a Japanese husband and wife team. Here diners can slurp down a hearty bowl of ramen noodles coated in a thick, flavor-packed elixir made from fish heads and pork bones that have been boiled for 10 hours. Then Wee Lynn might take the tour to Taipei Dainty Bakery for some sponge cakes, butter biscuits and mooncakes washed down with refreshing blueberry tea. And it’s not just about eating; her tours also include visits to Asian grocery stores and kitchenware shops.

Wee Lynn also has foodie stories and historical tidbits galore, making her trips educational as well as gluttonous. Feasting in the Know food tours are ideal for both locals and tourists who want to get the inside scoop on Sydney’s Asian offerings. Expect to come across family-owned venues whose chefs use secret recipes passed down for generations.

Feasting in the Know
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+61 439 472 985

Guide Wee Lynn talking to her tour group outside one of the tour's stops.

Guide Wee Lynn talking to her tour group outside one of the tour’s stops.

Gourmet Safaris – French on Wheels

Notoriously creamy and indulgent, French food has a timelessly great reputation. And if you think you have to travel to France to get your hands on the good stuff, there are a few French people in Sydney who’d disagree with you. From charcuterie to chocolate, the French on Wheels Gourmet Safari bus tour shows you it all.

Notoriously creamy and indulgent, French food has a timelessly great reputation. And if you think you have to travel to France to get your hands on the good stuff, there are a few French people in Sydney who’d disagree with you. From charcuterie to chocolate, the French on Wheels Gourmet Safari bus tour shows you it all.

The full-day safari starts with a steaming bowl of French coffee – yes, a bowl – and French pastries at Ganashe Patisserie in Castlecrag. Cradling this warm, caffeine-filled dome at 9:00 am is comforting to say the least. So much so that we wonder why all coffee isn’t served in bowls. And to go with it: a crusty baguette, croissants and pain au chocolat. Needless to say, all freshly baked.

Next the bus takes you down to acclaimed Woollahra meat joint, Victor Churchill Butcher, and after some tasters and perhaps a purchase or two – stored carefully in your cooler box if you remembered to bring it – it’s time to head to hip kitchenware shop The Essential Ingredient for some culinary retail therapy. You’ll then enjoy a two-course French lunch before fine Belgian chocolates and gourmet French cheeses.

Beginning at 8:30 am and finishing at 5:00 pm, this safari is not for the faint stomached. By the end of it safarigoers are well and truly full. Many taking souvenirs from the day home with them – like cheese, prosciutto and a few extra inches around the waist.

Gourmet Safaris
gourmetsafaris.com.au
+ 61 2 8969 6555

A literal bowl of coffee is the perfect way to start the food safari.

A literal bowl of coffee is the perfect way to start the food safari.

Ultimately Sydney – The Gourmet Inner West Tour

On this four-hour, bus-driven, gourmet experience tour guests get to sample Modern Australian and European goodies. As any good morning does, it starts with a cup of coffee. But before you get to enjoy it, you’ll be shown how it’s made – a sure fire way to ensure you really appreciate it when you get it.

Next it’s time to visit the retail store of acclaimed beef exporter, Meat Emporium, to try AAA grade Angus steak and sausages, both fresh off the barbecue. Then, don one of Meat Emporium’s massive coats and head into the chilled meat storage room for a spot of shopping for your next meal or dinner party. And to accompany that premium meat you’ve just bought you’ll need some top-notch seasoning, so onwards you go to the next stop: Herbie’s Spices.

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Name a specialist or exotic spice and you can be pretty sure you’ll find it at Herbie’s Spices. It’s a veritable library of flavors where you’ll find rows upon rows of powdered, stick and seed herbs and spices that stretch as far as the eye can see – or at least to the back of the shop. There are also pestle and mortar sets, spice notes and recipe books dotted throughout the store, which makes it feel like something out of Harry Potter.

After all that shopping, the tour guests’ appetites are undoubtedly worked up. So it’s time for lunch at Continental delicatessen, P.R. Raineri. Expect cheeses, meats, sourdough and Sicilian extra virgin olive oil. Then for dessert the tour hits Rino Saffioti chocolate shop for truffles, macarons and all manner of dainty, handmade chocolate treats. Finally it’s time for some wine tasting at Annandale cellars: the perfect way to finish off an indulgent foodie outing.

Ultimately Sydney
ultimatelysydney.com.au
+61 407 903 162

Top-grade Angus beef for sale at the Meat Emporium.

Top-grade Angus beef for sale at the Meat Emporium.

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Christina is a globe-trotting journalist born and raised in Hong Kong, though a former resident of Thailand and London, who loves traveling and currently calls Sydney home. Find her on Google+.