Macau

Yummylicious! Macau!

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This is a yummylicious district food guide in Macau but it’s not just about food. It’s about experiencing Macau without placing a single bet. Macau was once a Portuguese small town filled with historic buildings and cobblestone pavements. Today, the new developed Casinos and hotels in both Macau Peninsula and Cotai have further transformed the city into the Vegas in China, and it has become one of the most popular destinations to the Chinese tourists.

Yummylicious Macau - Ruins of St Paul

Macau is merely 115.3-square-kilometer (and much smaller back then). Yet the small town is filled with amazing food and cuisines and it was an indulging experience every time I am in town – we are going to walk through these streets and beyond, looking for delightful dishes where East meets West.

It would be hard for me to list out all the great places one by one as there are simply so many, and lots of them keep changing. I do, however, have a list of personal favorite and recommendations. You are welcome to share with us your favorite picks, too!

São Lázaro, Nossa Senhora de Fátima, and São Lázaro


Yummylicious Macau - Cobble Stone PavementMacau are divided into eight parishes (and those in Macau Peninsula are named in Portuguese) and five of them are located in the Macau Peninsula. Wandering in the streets and alleys of the Macau peninsula, it’s an eye wide shut for food lovers. Being the most highly and densely populated city in the world, everything is so compact, and hidden gems are always found just around the corner. Looking for food, one of my favorite areas is the Rotunda de Carlos da Maia. It is a bustling place where locals would also call it the “Three Lamp Posts” – because of the lamp post with three lamps located in the center of the roundabout. The market is a food paradise. One food stall is my favorite and it’s the best pig knuckle and ginger stew from Fung Kei. After that, explore the old market in between the residential buildings where you would find lots of fresh fruits and produce, and innovative and traditional snacks. There is quite a big Burmese community in Macau; On the other side of the roundabout, is a hidden gem of Myanmar cuisine, Nga Heong. Nothing fancy, it’s just another local joint and the coconut curry chicken noodle is something that I have never tried before.

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Rotunda de Carlos da Maia

During the freezing days, a lamb stew with bean curd sheet would warm you up in a heartbeat. The lamb belly was cooked tenderly, while water chestnuts, beancurd sheets, and radish absorbed the rich flavor of the soup base. At the back of the Saint Dominic’s church, there was a street food stall still serving this street-style style delicacy in a clay pot over traditional charcoal. Nice.

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pig knuckle and ginger stew

Sé, São Lourenço


Moving on to the south side of Macau Peninsula (a.k.a. Sé and São Lourenço) are much more vibrant with casinos, the Macau Tower, and the iconic Ruins of St Paul’s. The façade of the Church of St. Paul has been the city’s best-known landmark.

There is a trail from the Senado Square that leads up the ruins and it is the hub for tourists, along with a lot of old names of great places like Wong Chi Kei (Guangdong noodles and dishes), U Tac Hong (Tofu Fa – Soya Beancurd Custard), Sam Yuen (Congee), Cheong Kei (shrimp roe noodles), Lei Kei (ice cream and dessert), and Yi Xun (Chinese steamed milk custard) … The list goes on and on. Explore the Avenue de Almeida Robeiro – one of the main avenues in Macau Peninsula, The R. da Felicidade (Yes, most Macau’s streets and alleys are still named in Portuguese), tourists could find long queues outside of these places every day.

Moving to the waterfront, the Macau Tower dominates the peninsula skyline and it offers a 360 panoramic view of the peninsula, Taipa, and even China. While you may enjoy a western style buffet at the top of the tower, or challenge yourself to go for the Bungy jump, sky jump or skywalk, the Sai Van Lake Square around the tower is also where the Macau Food Festival takes place every year in November.

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Macau Food Festival

The festival was exciting as it’s just getting bigger and bigger. it has become a favorite event among locals and international visitors that brings delicious delicacies from China, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, and Europe with game booths, live performance and fun for everyone. I had a great time strolling through the stalls under the cool November weather, and tasting worldwide cuisine with the happy crowd.

Website: en.macaotourism.gov.mo/events/majorevent_detail.php?id=6

The west side of Sai Van Lake is a nice area of Macau. It’s quieter on the side of the lake and the historic Pousada De Sao Tiago is my favorite. It is a historic castle hotel resort located on the west corner of the Peninsula. Away from the dazzling casinos in the city center, the hotel is an intimate, charming heritage site with only 12 luxurious suites overlooking the inner harbor of Macau and the Pearl River Delta. If you want to get away from the crowd, try their afternoon tea in the courtyard, you may see a different side of Macau.

Website: www.saotiago.com.mo

Turning the page to the Portuguese chapter, Macau is filled with Portuguese restaurants. Seafood stew, clams in wine, roasted suckling pigs, and Portuguese tarts are impossible to resist.

In the Macau city center, Margaret’s café e Nata is the mic of yin and yang – Portuguese Tart and pastries served with milk tea that reminds me very much of Belem in Lisbon. The crispiness of the tart crust and the warmth of the egg/custard filling will lighten your day.

On the Macau peninsula, the traditional Alorcha and Henri’s Gallery are very close to the Nam Van Lake and Sai Van Lake. However, the true exotic experience is mostly located in Coloane, the once southernmost island in Macau now connected with Taipa and formed the Cotai district.

So I saw a very interesting video about the identity of the Macau Portuguese tart, which is actually different from the tarts in Belem! (About Pastéis de Belém – My Lisboa Encounters: The Diners)

Taipa (Nossa Senhora do Carmo)


In Taipa, immerse in the Rua do Cunha and rebirth in the street food Nirvana. If you are looking for Macau famous local pastries, cookies, pork bun and meat jerky, this is where you needed to be. I love, love, and love the crab congee at the 30 Seng Cheong restaurant. Tasty!

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The Taipa Houses Museum in Taipa

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Coloane (São Francisco Xavier)


As I said, Macau was a Portuguese colony and so the city offers brilliantly tasty and authentic Portuguese cuisine (with a bit Chinese cooking touch), and the effect of such cultural clash is exponential.

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The Coloane area is less developed still and it could be considered a backyard of the Macau city. On the west side, the café Nga Tim is an outdoor café located right in front of the chapel of St. Francis Xavier, with a small square paved with Portuguese tiles – it is a lovely setting for a little Lisbon experience in China.

Yummylicious Macau - Nga TimThe last two places are great and so I saved it as my Finale, not only these two places have a nice and relax seaside setting and but also the Portuguese food is actually nice and yummy. Fernando’s and Miramar are located on the opposite ends of the Hac Sa Beach (Black Sand Beach) – I am not (or could not) judge whether their Portuguese dishes are ‘authentic’, I just love the taste – especially grilled fish, crispy and salty on the outside, juicy and fresh on the inside; and the clams, the soup served with garlic bread…. Heavenly ~

28 thoughts on “Yummylicious! Macau!

  1. That was really a great post. I like your writing style. there share some special food. I am a food hunter. I like your food. But I do not test it. I want to test it. can you give me the recipe tricks.

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  2. My husband has suggested visiting Macau when we are next in Hong Kong but I kept thinking nah only casinos… wow was I wrong. I really want to go there overnight now as there are just too many places to eat to have a single day there.

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  3. Macau is lovely, we had a great time there when we were there a couple of years ago. You are right, though small, the place is packed with amazing experiences on all fronts. Loved the views from the Macau tower, food was also good, though vegetarians, we had some awesome food on offer.

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    • Great that you enjoyed it Sandy! I believe the city is still in developing and there will be more in the future. I should write about the new casinos soon! 🤣

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  4. Wao! I’m in love with all the pics, and the food looks super delicious! I want to visit China and to be honest, I was thinking just to go to Peking and to see the Great Wall of China but Macau looks amazing so I’m definitely gonna visit (although I may gain some weight after it lol XD) !
    xoxo,
    Pilar

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    • Thanks lifestylehunter1 😊 There are a lot to see in China 🇨🇳. I agree Beijing is iconic & I think other places would be exciting for a tourist, too.

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  5. Macau looks amazing. I bet it is a sensory overdose for the taste buds. I could imagine walking around all day tasting bits of this and bits of that as we go. Do the casino’s serve any good food. I know of Crown Casino in Macau as they are Australian

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