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