If you love food and have a penchant for the unique, the Tao Heung Foods of Mankind Museum is the place for you. Originally located in Fanling, the formerly Foods of Mankind Museum showcases a rare collection of food and beverage samples from different parts of the world, as well as the various accoutrements used to prepare, store and enjoy them.
The museum was established by three food enthusiasts who contributed their private collections of food-related artifacts and opened it to the public for free. Unfortunately, they have to close the museum down in 2005 due to low funds.
In the same year, the Tao Heung restaurant group acquired the museum and reopened it to the public as the Tao Heung Foods of Mankind Museum. The museum was eventually transferred to Shatin as the Tao Heung Museum of Food Culture.
Exhibits are divided into sections featuring specific food and beverage items such as tea, coffee, grains and spices. A variety of cooking paraphernalia and tableware from various parts of the globe are also on display. There are also table settings of traditional wedding banquets and other festivities from different countries, providing visitors a glimpse of how different cultures enjoy their cuisines.
One notable display is the Manchu Han Imperial Feast, considered as one of the grandest meals ever documented in Chinese cuisine (see photo above).
The Tao Heung Foods of Mankind Museum is now located at No. 13, 1st Floor, Fo Tan, Au Pui Wan Street, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong. It is open Tuesday to Sunday, from 09:30am – 12:30pm and 02:30pm – 05:30pm. Admission is free (reservations required in advance).