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5 Places in Asia Where Kids Can Be Culinary Explorers

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The travel experts from have rounded up the best spots across Asia for kid foodies! Read on for some majorly delicious travel inspo, mama!

Have a budding junior master chef on your hands? Bring your tiny culinary genius to one of these foodie destinations recommended by the travel experts at for kid-friendly cooking classes, street snacks and food markets.


Penang, Malaysia

The birthplace of regional favourite Penang Laksa, with its spicy tamarind-flavoured broth, is a natural port of call for exploring traditional Peranakan cuisine. In Georgetown, Penang’s old quarter, you’ll find pedal-powered trishaws and Chinese shophouses plus lip-smacking street food being whipped up by busy hawker stalls. Take a family stroll through Pulau Tikus Wet Market to give your child a sense of what it’s like to shop for ingredients like a local. After sussing out the fresh produce on offer, throw on an apron and get your hands dirty in a cooking class at Penang’s wonderful Tropical Spice Garden.

Return flights to Penang from Singapore begin at S$194 per person and a double room at Traders Hotel starts at S$83 a night.


Bali, Indonesia

Known for its infinity pools, yoga classes and villa-filled resorts, Bali is also loved for its bold, fresh cuisine and innovative chefs that graft Western influences onto the Indonesian island’s Asian roots. For the best local fare in Ubud, make tracks to Babi Guling Ibu Oka for the famous suckling pig and rice lunch plate. The tables are communal and the ambiance super casual at this open, street-side eatery so kids can use their hands and dive right in. In Seminyak, the international restaurant scene has exploded and you’ll find everything from haute-Indo to sushi to Italian. If your mini-me has a sweet tooth, they’ll love the homemade gelato at Lello Lello in flavours with names like Scoop Dog and Cookie Monster.

Return flights to Bali from Singapore begin at S$186 per person and a double room at Horison Seminyak starts at S$48 a night.


Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo is a food-loving kid’s paradise. Sushi and ramen are made exponentially more fun when they are delivered on a conveyor belt or ordered via a vending machine. To ease them into authentic Japanese cuisine, bring kiddos on a culinary adventure to Ramen Street in Tokyo Station. Here you’ll find lively lunch counters serving different varieties of this national dish from all over the country. If the chef doesn’t speak English, just point to the photo or plastic mock-up of the bowl you want to try.

Return flights to Tokyo from Singapore begin at S$644 per person and a double room at Radisson Hotel Narita starts at S$242 per night.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Beyond Hong Kong’s gleaming skyscrapers, the city boasts a vibrant and varied food scene that includes Cantonese, Portuguese and Shanghainese influences. Visit the bustling Temple Street Night Market in Kowloon to find an array of open air food stalls selling everything from egg tarts to dried cuttlefish. For some expert guidance, join a Hong Kong Foodie tasting tour to sample local dishes in back-street, family-run eateries you might otherwise miss.

Return flights to Hong Kong from Singapore begin at S$292 per person and a double room at The Empire Hotel Hong Kong starts at S$140 per night.


Hanoi, Vietnam

With its tree-lined lakes and ancient pagodas, one of Asia’s most atmospheric capitals might also be its most delicious. Immerse yourself in Hanoi’s local culture by tasting the wares of the many roadside carts plying the streets in the old quarter selling delicious banh mi, noodles or (for the adults) super strong, sweet coffee or unpasteurised beer. When you’ve had your fill of street food and you’re ready to try your hand at making some of Hanoi’s signature dishes, head to Hanoi Cooking School for their child-friendly, hands-on classes. After learning some simple techniques, your little foodie can enjoy a fun face-painting session.

Return flights to Hanoi from Singapore begin at S$350 per person and a double room at Tirant Hotel starts at S$90 per night.

A big part of travelling is living and breathing the local culture. Take your kids on a culinary adventure across Asia. At these destinations, experience the many cuisines, befriend the friendly locals or join in a cooking class with your little one. If you’re looking for a family friendly hotel within close proximity to local eateries and the best sightseeing spots, get a glance of what each city has to offer with KAYAK’s Heat Map.

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*Data provided by is based on flight and hotel prices found on 25 November 2015. Flight prices quoted are per person. Prices are subject to change, availability may be limited or offers may no longer be available.

Lead image sourced via Pinterest, all other images courtesy of Kayak via Shutterstock.

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