There’s nothing quite like a Peking Duck pancake. There’s just something about the combination of pungent game, sweet hoisin sauce and peppery onion that make it the perfect treat, with punchy flavours that tingle and dance along the palate. The not-so-humble pancake is the ultimate seductress, tempting you with her user-friendly, bite-sized portions and a blend of sweet and sour that is so telling of classic Chinese cuisine. It’s impossible to resist.
Indulging in this fine sample of Chinese gastronomic tradition is just one of the sensory experiences that make up Travel Indochina’s newly launched food-lover’s tour of the China.
The 13-day China Culinary Discovery tour takes wandering foodies through Beijing, Xian, Chengdu and Shanghai to explore the country’s colourful culinary scene – from sampling street food in the Forbidden City, to hands-on cooking lessons in hutong houses.
The journey begins in Beijing, the country’s bustling capital, where travellers explore some of the few remaining hutongs (ancient alleyways) and feast on a lip-smacking Peking Duck feast at one of the city’s most popular roast duck restaurants.
The culinary quest continues through Xian’s vibrant Muslim Quarter where a sumptuous dumpling banquet awaits.
A short flight then takes tour guests to Chengdu to see the captivating Giant Pandas and shop for ingredients at a traditional market to use in an afternoon Sichuan cooking lesson with the locals.
The tour culminates in Shanghai where foodies immerse themselves in the lively back streets of the Chinese Quarter and the former French Concession area of the city.
Travel Indochina’s inaugural China Culinary Discovery tour departs on 8 April.