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Macao – A Foodie Heaven

By Rebecca O'Malley August 20, 2018

Wandering the streets of the Macao Peninsula is a tasty treasure hunt. In collaboration with Macao Tourism, we give you the lowdown on this wonderland of fusion cuisine.

Macao is credited as being one of the foremost creators of “fusion” food – with influences from its early years as a Portuguese colony, mainland China and other neighbouring cultures – coming together to create a melting pot of good food.

In fact, Macao has been recognised by UNESCO for its gastronomical offerings. 

Minchi (meat and potato mince) or Macanese codfish, anyone? How about an iconic Macanese tart or a pork chop bun? Perhaps a portion of Galinha a Africana (African Chicken) or high-end fare at one of the country’s many Michelen starred restaurants? Macao has something for every palate, and wallet! We're here to give you the lowdown.

Macanese

Let’s begin with a short history lesson: Macau existed as a Portuguese colony until 1999. The Portuguese invited trade between Asia, Portugal, Spain and Italy and so came the sharing of resources such as Indian spices, African goods, Chinese teas and more. Fast forward to today and these tasty imports (curry spices, coconut milk and cloves, to name a few) are prepared using Chinese methods.

Ever tried a Macanese egg tart? They’re just like the Portuguese egg tart – complete with a flaky pastry crust, egg custard centre and wafer-thin crème brulee top. Macau has become a pilgrimage point for lovers of these dairy delights. Grab a box of freshly-baked tarts at Lord Stow’s bakery in Coloane Village... and here’s an insider tip: they taste even better warm!

Portuguese

Surprise, surprise – Portuguese cuisine has left its stamp on the Macao food scene. Should you fancy a Portuguese bite, we’ve lined up our favourite dining spots, offering a delicious mix of options for fine-dining and casual fare – without any compromise on authenticity.

A Lorcha is your one stop shop for grilled and barbequed dishes while Castico serves home-style dishes to five lucky tables per session. Gosto, sitting pretty within The Galaxy, creates a colonial ambiance and is a great spot to try Macanese-style roasted African chicken.

International

What Macau lacks in size, it more than makes up for in Michelin starred restaurants. As of 2018, it boasts 18 Michelin starred venues, with two restaurants laying claim to three stars.

The list reflects the varied, fusion cuisine of Macao – offering tasty options for French, Chinese, Italian, Indian and Portuguese fare.

Asian Street Food

Look out for Asian street food vendors tucked away down city side-streets and laneways. Must try snacks include the pork chop bun, a sweet almond cake (fong kei) and the plethora of wild and wonderful fruits on offer.   

This article has been produced alongside Macao Tourism.