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Eating in Macau

Updated on July 18, 2011

Portuguese food at Litoral

African chicken
African chicken

Portuguese food

When deciding on what to eat in Macau, one of the must-try is definitely Portuguese food. There are a number of famous restaurants to choose from. As I had just walked over from the A-Ma temple, we decided to go down the road. The first restaurant we came to was A Lorcha. However, the place was already fully booked by the time we arrived as space is limited. Do book in advance if you really, really want to try the food there.

As we knew that there were other options nearby, we decided to continue walking. Finally we came to Litoral. We went up to the second floor where we also took a respite from the sweltering heat outside while slowly browsing through the menu.

In the end, we only managed to try the African Chicken (MOP180) and the Codfish Fried Rice (MOP120) as there was only so much 2 people could eat. And our motto is, Thou Shall Not Waste Food!. Both dishes were really good and not commonly found in South East Asia. Do let me know if you find good versions of this in Singapore or Malaysia!

Macau's specialty: Pork Chop Bun

Macau's Pork Chop Bun

Besides Portuguese food, Macau is also well-known for its Pork Chop Bun. The most famous version is sold at Cafe Tai Lei Loi Kei in Taipa. As we had limited time, we did not try that shop. Instead, we tried it at a cafe near our hotel. It wasn't that awesome so if I ever come back to Macau, I would probably go try the more famous one to see whether it is that good!

Lord Stow's Portuguese Egg Tarts

Macau Pastries

When we think of Macau, Portuguese egg tarts can never be far from our thoughts. Generally, the 2 most famous places to get these delicious egg tarts are Lord Stow's and Margaret's. You can probably find the story behind these 2 different versions. They are actually ex husband and wife. For me, I did not get to try the wife's version. Instead, I tried Lord Stow's egg tarts at the Venetian Macau branch. It costs HKD8 per egg tart. Definitely more expensive than the other less famous shops, which sold egg tarts at HKD5. It was really yummy though. Loved the burnt caramel!

Crab Congee at Seng Cheong

Crab porridge at Seng Cheong

Nearby Venetian Macau is the Taipa Historic Village itself. Just walk along the streets and you will come across lots of great places to eat at. For us, as we had tried Portuguese food at Litoral, we opted for the equally famous crab porridge at Seng Cheong. The place was crowded at lunch and as expected, we had to share a table with other people.

As I had done some previous research, we went ahead with the recommended dishes which included the crab porridge, mace balls and just to balance things, we ordered broccoli too. The total came to HKD252 for two persons. As with most of our meals in Macau, this was an extremely fulfilling meal! Yummy.....I still remember the smooth porridge!

Codfish Fried Rice at Litoral Restaurant

Eat, eat , eat...

As I visited Macau for only a short 2 days and 1 night, I couldn't try the entire list of restaurants/cafes which had been on my list. Overall, my experience was really good. The Portuguese food did not disappoint! The pastries and the egg tarts were heavenly. And the crab congee was awesome. When I visit Macau the next time, I will definitely try the recommended Pork Chop Bun at Cafe Tai Lei Loi Kei and other Portuguese restaurants!

Places to Eat in Macau

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A markerTaipa -
Taipa, Macau
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B markerCotai Strip -
The Cotai Strip, Co-Tai, Macau
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Venetian Macau is located here. There is a Lord Stow's branch here along with other famous pastry shops like Koi Kee.

C markerRua do Almirante Sergio, Macau -
R. do Alm. Sergio, Macau
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This is close to A-Ma Temple. Litoral and many other famous Portuguese restaurants are located in this area.


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    • lilian_sg profile image

      lilian_sg 6 years ago from Singapore

      Hi Sarovai, I'm not too sure about vegetarian food but I think that there should be some available in Macau. But I would advise you to do more research first, as it won't be as widely available....

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      sarovai 6 years ago

      Hi lilian_sg , where is my veg food? If I like to visit Macau , really I will be in trouble regarding food items. Is it not? Anyway,Thank u for sharing your experience in macau.

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      lilian_sg 6 years ago from Singapore

      Yes, it was indeed wonderful =) Glad you found this informative =)

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Wow....this must be a wonderful experience. I can't wait to taste and visit Macau someday. I am glad to know this from you. Cheers....

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      lilian_sg 6 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks Linda and Terry for the kind comments =D

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      point2make 6 years ago

      Excellent hub. I can't wait to try these dishes soon. Thanks for the info and advice.

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      Linda Bilyeu 6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Delicious hub! Great pictures and detail! Voted UP!!!

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      lilian_sg 6 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks for commenting! I wouldn't go to the extent of saying it is the best but definitely it is among the best =)

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      tamarindcandy 6 years ago

      Ohhhh. Macau DOES have the best food.