A WOK AROUND: BRINGING A PERSONAL TOUCH TO CHINATOWN TOURS
“How does one come to appreciate cultural and culinary diversity? By joining the amazing walking tours conducted by Robert Sung” That is the first thing you see when visiting A Wok Around’s website, and it couldn’t be more true. Robert Sung knows Chinatown in Vancouver, Canada like the back of his hand and brings that knowledge to each tour he guides. Each of his tours focuses on the Chinese Canadian culture in Vancouver regarding the rich culinary traditions imported to Canada by Chinese immigrants through the generations.
ABOUT ROBERT SUNG
He is a third-generation Chinese Canadian living in Vancouver, British Columbia. With his family being involved in the culinary and hospitality business for almost 70 years, Robert decided to follow in the footsteps of his family and to kick things up a notch at the same time.
His academic background is decorated with a major in Business Administration from Hawaii University and a major in Professional Culinary Training from the Dubrulle Culinary Institute. After performing in his field of expertise for some time, he assumed the role of the Registrar of the institute. Currently, he is a member of the Vancouver Chinatown Revitalization Committee as well as the Chinese-Canadian Historical Society of BC.
Robert has conducted many tours for notable groups such as:
- International Conference of Judges
- Governor General’s Leadership Conference
- The Canadian National Chefs Federation
- The Art Institute of Seattle, WA (Culinary Program)
- The Art Institute of Atlanta, GA (Culinary Program)
Additionally, Robert has been featured on many famous national and international platforms, TV channels, and programs such as:
- The Travel Channel
- National Geographic
- Global TV Network
- The Discovery Channel
- The Canadian Tourism Commission
- NBC’s Today Show
THE FOUNDATION OF A WOK AROUND
The idea for cultural and culinary walking tours was birthed from the practice of teaching culinary cultural trends. This led to a major change in the life of Robert and ‘A Wok Around’ came into being. The company offers two tours; one around Chinatown and one around Granville Island. The tours highlight the cultural and culinary elements of the two historic and colourful neighbourhoods.
ABOUT THE TOURS
Both the tours are unique on their own, not just because they are conducted at different locations but also because they encompass unique elements.
A WOK AROUND CHINATOWN
Vancouver’s Chinatown is regarded as a must-see location for visitors as it is defined as a bustling historic treasure. The tour starts from the classical Chinese garden of Dr Sun Yet Sen which is rated as the number one urban garden by National Geographic. This is followed more activities spread across the neighbourhood, such as:
- Exploring the diverse speciality shops and merchants.
- Visiting shops that offer a wide variety of mouthwatering delicacies such as live seafood, barbequed meat, crispy skin duck, teas and delectable pastries.
- Seeing how different dishes are cooked in shops specialising in every bit of kitchenware imaginable.
One of the most important parts that Robert emphasises is taking part in tasting the cuisine. Each of his in-person tours ends with a delicious dim sum lunch, so guests are advised to bring in their appetite. On a tour with Robert, virtual or in-person, you will get to see a lot of colourful and fresh ingredients, see the rich variety of medicines used in traditional Chinese medicine, and experience the sights and sounds of this culturally rich neighbourhood. Tours also take guests to historic landmarks as well as a featured visit to a symbolic merchant.
A WOK AROUND GRANVILLE ISLAND
A tour around beautiful Granville Island is not complete without visiting the Granville Island public market, which is nothing short of a treasure for locals and travellers alike. The location has an energy of its own and an aura that will lift your spirit. Full of colourful and various foods, you will wind through the market and get to taste several unique and extremely delectable foods such as:
- Chai tea lattes
- Maple-cure salmon
- Canadian cheeses
- Cured meats
- Organic chocolates
And, if you are exploring Granville Island with Robert virtually, you will know everything you need to know so that when you eventually make it to Vancouver, you can go to the right place! Visiting Vancouver without visiting Granville Island is a visit wasted. So be sure to let Robert guide you around this iconic culinary spot.
A WOK AROUND & THE VR VOYAGE
A Wok Around is the best way to see two iconic Vancouver neighbourhoods. Robert Sung’s heritage, culinary training, and extensive experience bring an unparalleled tour to everyone that takes part. Since partnering with The VR Voyage, Robert can bring the passion he exudes on his in-person tours to a virtual audience, making each of his tours an experience not to be missed!