Eating in Macau
Portuguese food at Litoral
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
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!
More information on Hong Kong and Macau
- Eating in Hong Kong
- Hong Kong: Shopping for Every Budget
- Visiting Macau: Heritage, Casinos & Pastries
- Visiting Macau: Heritage, Casinos & Pastries (Part 2)
- My Second Visit to Hong Kong: The City That Never Sleeps
- My Second Visit to Hong Kong: The City That Never Sleeps (Part 2)
- Five Things to do in Hong Kong
Places to Eat in Macau
Venetian Macau is located here. There is a Lord Stow's branch here along with other famous pastry shops like Koi Kee.
This is close to A-Ma Temple. Litoral and many other famous Portuguese restaurants are located in this area.