Top 15 Must-Try Eats In Macau And Where To Find The Best

Klook
2020-03-14
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Eat till you drop in Macau!

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Just a short hop from Hong Kong, Macau is a veritable foodie haven you should check out while you’re on holiday in the area. Some of these delicious treats may sound familiar, but some will get you really curious. Here are top 15 Macau food picks to indulge in so you can get started on your foodie adventure!

Pro-tip: If you only have a short time in Macau, you can easily fit a half day Macau walking food tour into your itinerary.

1. Pastel de nata (Portuguese egg tarts)

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Consider all the egg tarts you’ve ever had in your life before the Macanese versions sub-par. These baked-to-perfection babies are favourites among tourists and locals alike, and for good reason. The pastry is buttery, flaky and crusty on the outside, sweet and custardy on the inside, then finished with a charred glaze on the top. Stopping at just one may prove to be your ultimate holiday challenge because just one will not be enough!

Where to try it: Lord Stow’s Bakery

Address: No. 1 Rua do Tassara, Coloane Village, Macau

Website: Lord Stow’s Bakery

2. Pork chop buns

There are few things as satisfying in life as a hearty slice of meat wedged in between bread. When in Macau, do as the locals do and tuck into one of these succulent pork chop buns. Bite into the juicy tender meat between the just-perfectly-toasted buns for a succulent, tasty treat just waiting to be had.

Where to try it: Tai Lei Loi Kei Café

Address: Estrada da Baia de Nossa Senhora da Esperanca, Macau

3. Almond cookies

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If you need a sugar rush while you’re travelling, Macau’s signature almond cookies should be in your stash. The melt-in-your-mouth texture juxtaposed with crunchy almond bits makes it a sure-fire hit with just about anyone. Nothing beats having these cookies fresh out the oven!

Where to try it: Choi Heong Yuen Bakery

Address: Rua Felcidade 70-72,R/C, Macau

Website: Choi Heong Yuen Bakery

Where to try it: Koi Kei Bakery

Address: Multiple locations of Koi Kei Bakery

Website: Koi Kei Bakery

4. Seaweed pork floss rolls

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Seaweed, pork floss, and egg may not be the most typical of culinary combinations but this unassuming threesome packs a punch when together. These pork floss rolls wrapped in seaweed are a crunchy, savoury snack and are rightfully one of Macau’s most famous culinary exports.

Where to try it: Choi Heong Yuen Bakery

Address: Rua Felcidade 70-72,R/C, Macau

Website: Choi Heong Yuen Bakery

Where to try it: Koi Kei Bakery

Address: Multiple locations of Koi Kei Bakery

Website: Koi Kei Bakery

5. Shrimp roe noodles

Bold flavours that make you want seconds or thirds (hey, nobody’s judging), the Macau shrimp roe noodles are hard to beat. Springy egg noodles sprinkled with delicious pops of shrimp roe? Sounds like a winner of a dinner for sure.

Where to try it: Wong Chi Kei Congee & Noodle

Address: No. 17 Largo do Senado, Macau

Website: Wong Chi Kei Congee & Noodle

6. Steamed milk pudding

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If you haven’t tried Chinese milk pudding, you’re missing out. Toss the no-lactose dietary rules out the door, because this indulgent sweet treat, served hot or cold, is worth breaking every rule for. The pudding has a pleasant milky taste and is silky smooth in texture. Heaven in your mouth, breakfast in Macau isn’t complete without some steamed milk pudding!

Where to try it: Leitaria I Son

Address: 60 R. Nova da Areia Preta, Macau

7. Crab porridge

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Porridge holds a special place of nostalgia in most of Asia. Macau, however, takes the humble congee up a notch by adding the sweet flesh of fresh crab. It’s certainly dispelling the myth that porridge is only for when you’re sick!

Where to try it: Seng Cheong Restaurant

Address: No. 28-30 Rua do Cunha, Taipa Village, Macau

8. Bacalhau

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Bacalhau, or salted cod fish, is one of the most popular seafood choices in Portugal, and has infiltrated the palate of the Macanese as well. Said to be prepared in hundreds of ways, a favourite is to have small balls of bacalhau fried up as a delicious snack. Every restaurant has their own style of preparing bacalhau, so be sure to try this multiple times!

Where to try it: Ou Mun Café

Address: No. 12 Travessa do S. Domingos, Macau

Website: Ou Mun Café

9. Caldo verde

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You can’t skip this soup starter when you’re in Macau. Typically enjoyed in Portugal during festivals, this celebratory soup is made of potato, kale and chorizo. It is an obvious choice, especially when the weather starts to cool down.

Where to try it: Espaco Lisboa Restaurant

Address: No. 8 Rua das Gaivotas, Coloane Village, Macau

10. Minchi

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Minchi, supposedly derived from the English word ‘minced’, is a simple dish of ground beef or pork that is seasoned with molasses and soy sauce and served with rice. The meat may sometimes be replaced with vegetables or fish as well, and this dish is said to taste best when chopped up with two cleavers by hand. This comfort food is the go-to choice for locals, and should be on your must-try list too!

Where to try it: Litoral Restaurante

Address: No. 261-A Rua do Almiirante Sergio, Macau

11. African chicken

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It might sound odd to be hunting for African Chicken in Macau, but trust us, the hunt is well worth it. Invented locally in the 1940s, the original chef unfortunately passed away without sharing the history behind the name of the dish. The barbecued chicken coated with a spicy piri-piri sauce is said to have a possible nod to Portugal’s Moorish past. Whatever the background, it certainly makes for a tasty meal.

Where to try it: Restaurante Escada

Address: No. 8 Rua de Se, Maca

12. Ameijoas com alho (Portuguese clams in garlic sauce)

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If you love your seafood broths, this one will rub you the right way. The buttery and garlicky flavor lends unbelievable taste to the medley of clams swirling in your mouth.

Where to try it: Adega Velha Portuguese Restaurant

Address: No. 90 Rua de Femao Mendes Pinto, Taipa, Macau

Website: Adega Velha Portuguese Restaurant

13. Portuguese seafood rice

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The soupier cousin of the Spanish paella, the Portuguese seafood rice is packed with fresh seafood. What changes the game here is the sweet tomato broth laden with flavour that will have you licking the bowl. Just looking at the photo is enough to make you salivate!

Where to try it: Portugalia Portuguese Restaurant

Address: 5 R. dos Mercadores, Taipa, Macau

14. Portuguese baked duck rice

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This baked rice dish is drawn from a traditional recipe that hails from northern Portugal and is normally served on festive occasions such as Christmas and New Year. The duck is first cooked in a broth, before the flesh is removed and shredded. Following which, the broth is then used to flavour the rice.

Where to try it: Miramar Portuguese Restaurant

Address: Zona Nordeste da Praia Hac-Sa, Coloane, Macau

Website: Miramar Portuguese Restaurant

15. Serradura

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The name serradura directly translates to “sawdust” from Portuguese, which may not sound the most appealing. However, this unassuming pudding is anything but. This delectable dessert will delight sweet-tooths, with its layers of tea biscuits, crushed ultra fine to resemble sawdust, topped off with cream, condensed milk and vanilla. Mmmm…

Where to try it: Gelatina Mok Yi Kei

Address: No. 9A Rua do Cunha, Taipa Village, Macau

Macau essentials

Start off your foodie adventure first in Hong Kong and follow the Klook MTR food guide or the tram food trail! To make your way from Hong Kong to Macau, remember to get your TurboJet Ferry tickets or the Macau Cotai Water Jet transfer. For a convenient and immersive experience, you can also join a half day walking food tour in Macau from Klook. Be sure to stay connected throughout your trip with a 4G SIM Card and WiFi Device.

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