A touching testimonial describing the unforgettable experiences of my 2018 Culinary Tour of China, along with many mouth-watering photos taken on the tour.
A few months have past since my 2018 Culinary Tour of China, a fourteen-day trip with some of my blog readers, exploring six of China’s most culinary diverse cities. It was an unforgettable journey packed with mouth-watering food, hands-on cooking, inspiring conversation and eye-opening discoveries. I really enjoyed the company of my very enthusiastic tour members as we immersed ourselves in the culinary delights of China’s regional cuisine.
Recently, Jason, one of my tour members, wrote a touching testimonial about his experiences. I’m sharing his thoughts in this post as a summary of the tour, and as a reminder to myself of all the lovely moments we spent together.
Jason, 36-year-old, electrical engineer from Tennessee, USA.
My mom and I attended Wei’s 2018 Culinary Tour of China and loved it! I’m writing this testimonial to encourage Wei to keep up the good work and to encourage any prospective guests to take advantage of this great experience! I would absolutely go again if the opportunity came up.
Best-in-my-life culinary experiences
I am so glad we found Wei’s culinary tour. It was excellent, a great experience for both my mom and I. From unique fine-dining experiences, to delicious street food, to fun home-cooking, to popular restaurants, to grocery-store snacks, we ate and drank our way across China! I had a double-handful of best-in-my-life culinary experiences on this trip, including the best beef noodle soup I’ve ever had, best fresh fish, best báijiǔ (白酒, Chinese liquor made from grain), and several other great experiences.
New & unfamiliar food in the best way possible
On the trip, we were introduced to foods and recipes that I’m going to incorporate into my own family’s diet: such as the delicious cucumber salad from the Beijing cookery class, or the use of Sichuan peppercorn powder. I have had a reasonably wide exposure to Chinese cuisine and can even speak a few hundred words in Chinese, but probably half of what we ate on the tour was new and unfamiliar to me in the best way possible.
Very special behind-the-scenes visits
Besides hitting all the standard tourist attractions you wouldn’t want to miss, I enjoyed our cookery classes, where we got practical guided experience making dumplings and stir-fry dishes. I am especially pleased that I got to learn more about the preparation and history of Kung Pao Chicken, a dish I’ve enjoyed since childhood. I loved our visit to the Sichuan Cuisine Museum.
There were many once-in-a-lifetime experiences on this trip. Even if I end up visiting China again every 5-10 years for the rest of my life, this trip is going to stand out with experiences that I could never reproduce. We enjoyed some very special behind-the-scenes looks at several restaurants, even talking and drinking with the chefs. I would be much too shy to do this on my own, even if I had the connections. Wei is a great facilitator!
A smooth and comfortable journey
Wei is very good at dealing with all the administrative matters. She is very organized and great with communication both before and during the trip. Wei took us on a whirlwind tour covering 6 major cities, on two domestic flights, three high speed rail trips, many assorted taxis, and some subway, bus trips. Our experiences on the road were smooth, comfortable and without incident.
Wei made a great itinerary and handled all the details. Arrangements for culinary activities and tourist sites were no problem and what would have been intimidating or impossible for us on our own was relaxed with Wei. I am sure Wei put in a lot of behind-the-scenes effort to create a great experience for us. I am confident that even someone completely new to China will have a great time. Wei will take care of you!
Apart from Jason’s testimonial, I have selected the following pictures that I took during the tour. To view more photos and videos of the journey, check my Instagram account red.house.spice (or search #culinarytourofchina ). There are also many instagram stories highlighted on my page.
I’d also like to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU to everyone who have supported and helped me to make my first Culinary Tour of China come true. All the positive experience and feedback has encouraged me to set off on another journey in 2019 (Please click the link below to view the full 2019 Itinerary).