By Karen Chiang / Vestigo Macau
Photography: Chao Wing / Amy Wong
Be it of Macanese, Portuguese or Chinese influence, Macau has a lot to offer in terms of local dishes unfound anywhere else. Bookmark this and make sure you go on a food adventure next time you’re in town.
You won’t miss this shop because you can smell the sweet scent from afar and there’ll always be a queue outside the door. A Chinese bakery who’s been around for a century, Fong Kei supplies Macau with freshly handmade Chinese pastries and savory treats like almond cookies, wife cakes, egg rolls and more. A must-try for any visitor.
Address: Fong Kei, 14 Rua do Cunha, Vila de Taipa, Macau
Beef and pork jerky aren’t exclusive to Macau, but it sure is something that’s sold everywhere. On Rua de S. Paulo street near the Ruins of St. Paul’s where the tourists congregate, you’ll find shop after shop offering free samples of jerky for you to try. The most famous vendor is none other than Koi Kei, which has been around since 1997 and has held top sales record in Macau for 14 years straight.
Address: Koi Kei Bakery, 13B Street de S. Paulo, Macau
If you’re a fan of this orange crustacean, the crab congee is not to be missed in Macau. Smooth, fragrant and sweet, the golden-hued congee embodies the freshness and umami of the crabs and seafood. If you’re in a big group, it also offers other Chinese dishes like steam rice-flour rolls and frog legs that are very popular.
Address: Shop C-D, 8 R. Sete do Bairro da Areia Preta, Iao Hon
Phone: +853 2841 3336
Pork Chop Bun
Though the ingredients and concept are not entirely new, it is in Macau that the pork chop bun really grew into a signature dish. Tai Lei Loi Kei in particular has been making their buns in-house since 1968. Their extra-large pork chops also give you fantastic value for money. Other items to try include toast with spicy fish and butter buns.
Address: Tai Lei Loi Kei, Rua Correria da Silva, No 35, Taipa Village, Macau
Phone: +853 2882 7150
Macanese Egg Tarts
The famous and addictive Portuguese egg tart with its sweet, caramelized filling and flaky crust has had many debating which bakery is the best, but one name is always in the mix: Lord Stow’s Bakery. It’s original bakery still stands at Colane, but if you’re in a pinch you can always get one from its Venetian Macau or Taipa Village branch.
Address: 1 Rua do Tassara, Coloane, Macau
Phone: +853 2888 2534
This Cantonese style Cha Chaan Teng may have only opened a year ago, but their milk tea has been gaining steady recognition ever since. Their secret? They reached out to award-winning milk tea brewer, Mr Chow Hon-man and collaborated with him in reproducing his 40-year old recipe at their restaurant. While you’re there, be sure to check out the crispy pineapple buns paired with milk tea.
Address: 214 R. Nova da Areia Preta, Macau
Phone: +853 2845 2552
Contact: DAI FAT LOI FaceBook
Pork Ball Congee
If you’re looking for breakfast in Macau, you should try the Chinese congee or rice porridge. Sam Un Loja De Canja is a local favourite, serving made-to-order congee with various toppings like fish or pig innards. But the must-have is its congee with handmade and bouncy pork and beef balls, served with a raw egg yolk on top that you stir in right at the table - making the taste even more silky smooth and unique.
Photography: Sam Un Loja De Canja Facebook
Address: Sam Un Loja De Canja, G/F, 44 R.da Caldeira, Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro, Macau
Phone: +853 2857 3171
Minchi comes from the English word “mince”, and that is exactly what the dish is about. Often using minced pork or beef and stir-frying it together with deep-fried potato cubes, Minchi is best served over steamed rice and a sunny-side-up. Often found in local restaurants, a good place to try this dish is Riquexó Cafe where many other Macanese dishes are served.
Address: Riquexó Cafe, 69 Av. de Sidonio Pais, Costa, Macau
Phone: +853 2856 5655
Char-siu Omelette Sandwich
For a quick snack or breakfast, there’s nothing better than a warm sandwich and a glass of silky milk tea to get you fueled up. In Macau’s Nam Ping, they take things up a notch with a sandwich that is brimming with char-siu or roasted pork and ham, nestled in a golden layer of omelette. If you need a sweet treat, they also served a nostalgic Chinese style sugar-coated donut.
Address: Nam Ping, 85-85A Rua de Cinco de Outubro, Macau
Phone: +853 2892 2267
A traditional Macanese and Portuguese delicacy, the Bacalhau can be found on many menus and in different variations. Essentially dried and salted cod, it is most commonly served baked, stir-fried with potatoes or deep-fried similar to a croquette. The Michelin-named A Lorcha is where you’ll find a authentic interpretation of this famous ingredient and namesake dish.
Address: A Lorcha, Rua Almirante Sergio No.289, Sao Lourenco, Macau
Phone: +853 2831 3193
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