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