There are so many foods available in Macau, from the local delicacies like the Portuguese cuisines, to lovely local Macanese food like the pork chop bun and egg tarts. You can certainly find a great variety of choices from noodles to rice and even bite size snacks as you walk along the streets of Senado Square or around Taipa Village.
Wong Chi Kei, located near Senado Square is one of the popular eats around the area. Available in Macau and in Hong Kong, Wong Chi Kei is famous for their handmade noodles which are very different visually comparing to our usual Mee Kia in Singapore. Thinner noodles but yet it packs a good chew to it, with a firm texture and a bite, you know that the handmade noodles had some good beating to it and the process of cooking it, is delicate and requires great skill. Wonton and the shrimp dumplings both had fresh shrimps in it and the dumplings have a mixture of meat and fish for the distinct taste. You can try some other dishes as well and even the pig intestines are yummy!
If the weather is very warm and humid, why not take a break and have a cup of herbal tea to cool yourself down? Tai Sing Kung can be found just before Ruins of St. Paul’s and you can drink it on the spot or even buy a bottle to have it later.
Tai Lei Loi Kei which has an outlet in Singapore is also packed with tourists going for their famous pork buns! There are a variety of pork chop dishes available and here the meat is wonderfully marinated and the generous amount of meat in the small bun makes me wanna chomp it all down!
Mok Yi Kei, a famous dessert shop at one end of the Taipa village food area, you can find huge selections of juices, ice creams (even Mao Shan Wang Durian flavoured!) and one of the popular one is sawdust pudding aka Serradura.
It is actually a layered chilled dessert made up of a sweetened, vanilla whipped cream and crushed Marie biscuits. I would say this is forgettable and not very impressive. How I wish I have chosen the durian ice cream instead :(
Fancy some familiar coffee? The Starbucks outlet located at Taipa Village is in yellow (well the uniform and the logos used in the stall are the original ones)
How about buying traditional biscuits and cookies from Macau? They are also available in Hong Kong too but here in Macau, so many branches and some of them are more than a century old!
Last but not least, how can you leave Macau without having the famous Portuguese Egg Tarts? In my next blog, I will share with you several egg tarts in Macau that you can enjoy and which are the ones which are tasty!
When you’re in Macau, what triggers your taste buds in a mad frenzy would be their tasty pastries and the king of all would be Pastel de nata, Portuguese Egg Tarts, it is available in countries with significant Portuguese immigrant populations. The egg tarts are created with a puff pastry base which holds the wonderful, custard which is similar to the texture of crème brûlée and what defines these tarts from the usual egg tarts would be the caramelized top.
During my trip, I have sampled the 4 different tarts from and each tart, although similar in the baking process, the taste varies and I feel it suits different individuals. Take out your tissue papers and ready to savour (visually) the wonderful pastel de nata from Macau.
Koi Kei Bakery
Famous for the largest number of chain store around Macau, this popular bakery shop besides being famous for its crunchy peanuts and ginger candies, and over 300 items available for you to buy, they have fresh Portuguese egg tarts available at almost all their outlets for you to have. A distinct taste of the old school egg tart puff with a lovely blend of custard mix, I am sure it will fill your tummy as you walk along the busy streets of Taipa village or around Senado Square.
Hello Kitty Obrigado
Fans of Hello Kitty will scream with delight and as you walk towards this lovely outlet, the lovely design and layout of the shop will standout with people taking selfies or even wefies with the famous character, this feline icon gives a new twist to the local delicacies. From meat jerkies (bak gua) to macarons, the branding is everywhere. As for their egg tarts, it’s very unique in terms of the size and the taste. Its pop size egg tarts which the custard is made from Hokkaido milk to give the rich taste to it. The caramel crust on top of it gives you a sweet aftertaste as you continue to pop the next tart into your mouth. Who can resist taking pictures of the lovely presentation of their packaging?! Great effort for service and creativity and you should try it!
R Bar, Hard Rock Hotel
Even on the pastry section for your buffet meals in the hotel, you will find this iconic pastry and when you’re at Hard Rock Hotel Macau, you can try out their buffet selections at the R Bar. Who says that quality of food in a buffet setting would be compromised? The wonderful Portuguese egg tart at R Bar is comparable to many of the shops known for baking it. Rich custard and the taste linger around beautifully.
Lord Stow’s Bakery & Café
The number one and must try Portuguese egg tart is at Lord Stow’s. A queue forms even before the shop opens and luckily that they do have outlets available, otherwise I couldn’t imaging the time spent on waiting for this magnificent pastry. Perfect puff, soft but yet crisp on the base puff and smooth custard which flirts with your taste bud as you let it flow down your throat. The sweet and thin crisp of caramel on top will make you wonder why, why would you have not bought more of the tarts back.
Do give these a try and share with me your opinions of the tastes and I am sure you have some other shops to recommend to me!
Where to get it?
Koi kei Bakery
Hello Kitty Obrigado
Travessa de S. Domingos 5-7A Edf.
Pak Hou, A R/C Macau,
Tel: +853 2835 6543
R Bar Hard Rock Hotel Macau
Level 1, Hard Rock Hotel
Open Sunday to Thursday:
7:00am – 10:00pm
Friday to Saturday & Public Holiday Eve:
7:00am – 11:00pm
Lord Stow's Bakery
“The House of Dancing Water” has been playing to packed houses and stellar reviews and has welcomed over 2.5 million spectators from all over the world since its opening on September 16th 2010. The HKD2 billion breath taking water-based show is a testament to the vision of Mr. Lawrence Ho, Melco Crown Entertainment’s Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and City of Dreams’ multi-day stay strategy, which has catalyzed Macau’s transformation into an all-round tourist destination, ushered in a new era for Asia’s leisure and entertainment industry, and put Macau on the world map for entertainment.
Performed by a strong cast of approximately 80 international performance artists and approximately 160 top production and technical members from more than 25 countries around the world, the production incorporates dazzling costuming, amazing audio and visual special effects, and it will be staged at the ‘Dancing Water Theatre’ designed by world renowned Pei Partnership. This purpose built theatre contains one of the most impressive commercial pools in the world, holding approximately 3.7 million gallons which is more than 5 Olympic-sized swimming pools, and will be one of the largest water-based theatres in the world!
The theatre is not very big and has seats surrounded 270 degree all round and looking around it, you can see the pool of waters, a huge back drop behind it and calculating the height, it should be around 8 stories high (24.5m). Throughout the performance, you can enjoy spectacular lighting effects with the usage of water to create a scene, colours, weather and the 3D images changes as the scenes of the story changes.
The performers must be well versed with gymnastics and able to dive and hold their breaths as they plunged through the pool, somersault across the stage and dance in the waters. Some of them performed stunts on the motorbikes as they charge towards the ramps and crisscross one another with perfect timing.
The props for the stage moves out and up from the deep waters, less than 30 secs, the water filled pool changes to a flat ground and at times rises up like a platform.
Only at the end of the show that I know that the music played throughout the performance is performed live by 4 musicians playing drums and percussion; keyboard; guitar and Erhu.
The House of Dancing Water has received numerous awards and honours:
- China Marketing Excellence Award
- China Branding Excellence Award
- THEA Award for Outstanding Achievement for a Live Show Spectacular.
- ‘Gold Prize’ ‘MassMutual Citations for Innovation’ at the HKMA/TVB Awards
- Best Entertainment of Macau from 2011 Hurun Report.
- Best Idea in Web Design at the Markies
- DFA (The Design for Asia) Merit Recognition Award for its design excellence in 2011.
Book your tickets now, enjoy and experience a spectacular performance!
A hotel with an attitude, Hard Rock Hotel Macau entertains guests' dreams of a Rock 'n' Roll lifestyle. The place for parties and entertainment, and you will feel like you’re living the rock star life at the Hard Rock Hotel. The view from the hotel is mesmerizing and for the room, a rock star treatment with comfort and technology in mind for all guests even before you arrive in Macau. Fabulous services provided from the staffs at the Contact Centre, as they promptly guided me and helped me with my queries and reservations. Thank you for all your time and effort, Ryan, Carry, Ana, Jackie, Justin, Rinfred, Ivy and of course Ysabel whom I first got in contact to! Not forgetting the front desk’s Yvonne, Loka, Cindy and Alex for the checking in and out!
Upon check-in, the posh walkway leads you to your room. The room is welcoming and decorated with style, beautiful artworks, luxurious bathroom amenities and fabulous view of the coati strip and the Venetian Hotel. The bed is very comfortable and I love fluffy pillows and the best of it is that the air-conditioning is perfect and quiet. Huge selection of TV channels from HBO to Hong Kong stations. Who wouldn’t love this pampering service by the staffs of Hard Rock?!
The Hard Rock Café and the Rock Shop is one of the places to go for everyone and a must for those who are staying here. The café is famous for their baby ribs with barbeque sauce. Marinated for more than 12 hours, the succulent meat is sweet to the taste of the BBQ marinates and the hours of cooking it locks in the juice and drenches your mouth with every bite. As compared to the one in Singapore, the meat is not as tender but tasty enough for a good meal. The chicken in the Duo Combo is well roasted but the fries are too salty.
Onion rings lover? You should try ordering it and the other appetizer you should try would be Santa Fe Spring Rolls. It’s similar to our traditional spring roll (po piah) but this version is stuffed with spinach, black beans, corn, cheese, jalapeños and many Mexican flavours.
Served with Hard Rock grilled salsa and dressing. You should try it and I’m sure for Mexican food lovers, this is one good taste! Order yourself some drinks and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere of the Hard Rock Café and in the evenings, they have live performances for the dinners!
Hard Rock Hotel boosts one of the best places for great food. From American to the Chinese and you can even find the popular roasted meat restaurant, 深井陳記燒鵝茶餐廳 Sham Tseng Chan Kee Roasted Goose. We ordered a three meat platter with the famous roasted goose meat, steamed chicken and of course, char siew (roasted pork). The healthier version as compare to the ones in Singapore for the char siew but don’t be fooled by the look, it’s really yummy! The chicken tastes just right but slightly oily to my liking and the goose meat is mouthwatering with the tasty tender meat and you will love the tender meat, juices flows out as you bite each time.
They have fried calamari (in strips), the fried dough is mixed and seasoned in their combination of spices which brings out the taste. I love it with the fried bee hoon and fried garlic it’s a beautiful mix of textures and flavours. I suggest you order this as well if you’re here but don’t have it alone, its too much for one to finish. Order a bowl of bee hoon soup to balance out the sumptuous meal and you should be ready for the next one real soon!
What is the next thing that you think off after getting off bed? I’m wanna eat something! Thank god the choices of food are plentiful and I love a hotel which gives me a choice to have my breakfast, buffet style. International breakfast at the R Bar at Hard Rock Hotel is good in quality and you have a variety of choice from the usual cereal bar, cold cuts, to steaming dim sum and egg station.
Wonderful smiles by the staffs as it give you a great start to your day and as you walk around the bar, you will find that the food are artistically presented. The variety of drinks available for a start, the pastries selections will spoil you as you indulged in the fresh bakeries.
The mains and sides are fairly good. from the usual bacon, hash browns, baked beans to the Chinese, fried noodles (and soup ones as well), vegetables, congee and even dim sum.
I'm sure you will have something which you like at the R Bar. Alternatively you can visit the other restaurants at the City of Dreams to satisfy your taste buds.
It’s not all about the food when you stay at The City of Dreams. There is the famous House of Dancing Waters, the world’s largest and most spectacular water-based show. So you want to have a sneak preview of what is this all about? Follow me on my next blog.
Macau, a place where dreams are built and it is very similar if you’ve been to Las Vegas before expect that you will find less Caucasians here in Macau. City of Dreams is a property along the Cotai Strip in the Cotai reclamation area in Macau, China. It is built, owned and managed by Melco Crown Entertainment, formerly known as Melco PBL Entertainment. I am here staying at the Hard Rock Hotel in the City Of Dreams and besides this hotel, there are many others here in Macau where you can choose; Sheraton, Sands, Venetian, Galaxy, Conrad, Hyatt, Lisboa, Casa Real and many many more!
Getting there: You can take a plane and land at Macau International Airport with some budget or international airlines. Alternatively you can choose to com over from Shenzhen, China or Hong Kong via jet ferries at allocated ferry terminals.
If you’re a frequent visitor to casinos (they call it entertainment centres here in Macau), this place is a heaven for you. How about those who don’t gamble, what can you do? You can consider going to places like the hotels stated above, taking pictures of the wonderful designs and you can also do some shopping in the arcades in most of the bigger hotel chains.
Macau is divided into two where the Macau Peninsula and the islands of Taipa and Coloane. The new reclaimed Cotai strip joins Taipa and Coloane together and its consider the new gambling and tourism area since Macau is so densely populated and land is scarce.
Senado Square (Largo do Senado) is a public square in Macau. It is located in the central area of the Macau Peninsula. There are shopping centers and traditional Chinese restaurants around the square. Fashion clothes, famous snacks and the scenic environment make it a famous attraction. Firework displays, lion and dragon dances are usually held on special days such as the Chinese Spring Festival and Christmas! There are also museums and churches to visit around this area and one of them is Ruins of St. Paul’s. Ruins of St. Paul’s stand adjacent to the famous Mount Fortress and Macau Museum. The front façade and the grand stone stairs are the only remains of the greatest church.
Taipa Village, one of the best of Macau attractions, is where the original community of Taipa Island started from, and one of only two traditional "villages" that still exist in Macau. It's a small cluster of narrow lanes and alleys, with old colonial houses along them, painted in hues of yellow, blue, and green. There are many nice shops selling traditional biscuits and also you can find great food places here. If only I have 4 stomachs, I would have visited most of the eateries!
Venetian Macau the world largest casino, is one of Asia’s most exciting entertainment destination, and nowhere else in Asia will you find such a rare combination of facilities, attractions and amenities. Experience shopping with over 350 international shops, be dazzled by the street performers, or take a ride on an authentic Venetian gondola, all at the resort. You will be awed by the beautiful decors and Venice like experience at this grand hotel.
A-Ma Temple. Macau’s name is derived from A-Ma-Gau or Place of A-Ma and this temple dedicated to the seafarers’ goddess dates from the early 16th century. Make a prayer and take some pictures around the temple. There is Macau Tower and Kun Iam Statue along the stretch of coastal line where you can easily spend half a day visiting these few places.
The City of Dreams is a unique integrated resort combining electrifying entertainment, an amazing array of accommodation, regional and international dining, as well as designer brand shopping. With 3 hotels connected, you will be able to find the right choice for you! I have chosen Hard Rock Hotel and I’m so excited to share with you more about the hotel in my blog.
There are many more places to visit and I am sure I will be back next time to cover what I have missed out from. After so much walking and visiting, you must be hungry. Check out my next blog for the foods in Macau!
*Do you know that there are various data sim cards available in Macau for your crazy net surfing and pictures posting hobby?