Keelung (Taipei), Taiwan
Taipei Food Market & Dumpling Lesson: In Partnership with Food & Wine Magazine
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Approximately 6¾ Hours
On this fascinating tour of Taipei, you’ll visit a traditional market, learn to make xiaolongbao, the iconic soup dumplings that Food & Wine magazine has called a "famed delicacy," and see some of the city’s most notable landmarks.
After an atmospheric drive from the port of Keelung, you’ll arrive at a Taipei market where locals shop for food, clothes, and even kitchen utensils. Different from a supermarket, there’s no air conditioning and as you stroll along, you’ll hear vendors passionately marketing their goods and warmly greeting shoppers. Here, your tour guide will help you find the ingredients for making xiaolongbao.
Next, you’ll drive to the celebrated dim-sum restaurant, Ding Tai Fung, where Tom Cruise famously learned to make xiaolongbao. A cook is waiting to give you lessons in how to make your own xiaolongbao. These pork dumplings traditionally contain minced pork wrapped in a delicate dough that is pleated and twisted at the top. You’ll enjoy lunch while your dumplings are sent to steam, then finally, you’ll taste the xiaolongbao you made with your own hands.
After lunch, you’ll see some of Taipei’s most impressive sights, including a photo stop at the skyscraper Taipei 101, the world’s third tallest building. Then you’ll stop at Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, a grand building that was built in memory of the late president, before heading back to the ship.
This is a rare opportunity to experience both new and old Taipei and sample the city through its food.