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Macau Cuisine & Restaurants

Macau Cuisine & Restaurants

An Introduction to the Local Delicacies

Macau is hailed as a paradise of gourmets as it gathers cuisines from different parts of the world; including, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Thai cuisines. Moreover, its music bars and Portuguese-style cafés won’t fail to attract your attention. Of course, nothing is more appealing than local traditional Portuguese dishes and delicacies offered in the small restaurants, among which the Portuguese egg tarts are the most renowned.

When considering distribution, the local delicacies stores are found mainly in such areas like the Rotunda de Carlos da Maia, Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro, Largo do Senado, Ruins of St. Paul and Avenida da Amizade. As for Ilhas na Taipa, it’s famous for its seafood and traditional snacks that scatter around the Taipa Snack Street (Rua da Cunha) in the old district. Its surrounding roads are home to delicious barbecues roasted with hot black sands and a time-honored cake shop whose original owner was Andrew, the first person who made the Portuguese egg tarts.

The Three Lights District is also referred to as Rotunda de Carlos da Maia, the lanes surrounding a center around a pivot that radiates to all directions. The type of street lights found there in the center influence the districts name. Many unique Southeastern Asian cuisines can be found there, among which is Restaurante Birmanes Nga Heong in Feineng Biandu Street, which is one of the most famous restaurants in this region.

The areas of Rotunda de Carlos da Maia, Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro, Largo do Senado, Ruins of St. Paul and Avenida da Amizade cover the major scenic areas in Macau, and has various, delicious local delicacies. Famous brand stores including Margaret Portuguese, egg tart shop, Yee Shun Dairy Company, omelet cake shop of Panrong Ji and porridge and noodles shop of Huangzhi Ji all began there.

Macau-style Portuguese Dishes

Macau-style Portuguese dishes draw upon the cooking techniques of Portuguese, Indian, Malaysian and Chinese Cantonese cuisines, thus have been upgraded to a unique cooking style that’s inclusively owned by Macau. For example, African-style chicken, cooked chicken with fruits and spicy lobsters are the dishes that were created after Portugal introduced spices from Africa and India. Also, red-cooked oxtail, Portuguese-style chicken, Portuguese-style sausages, sardines and vegetable soups are locally famed dishes.

As for Portuguese-style dishes, stewed pig knuckle with red beans, vegetable soups, and acalhau (referred to as cod, a kind of salted fish the Portuguese prefer; it can be fried, roasted, stewed or steamed; it is delicious whatever cooking style you adopt) have a high reputation both domestically and abroad.

Recommended restaurant: O'Manuel Cozinha Portuguesa

Introduction: O’’Manuel Cozinha Portuguesa is known as a traditional Portuguese restaurant. The owner of the restaurant is a Portuguese who settled down in Macau for years and spoke Cantonese fluently. As he has carried out some in-depth studies on culinary arts, his restaurant has been experiencing booming business. Specialties of the restaurant are stewed suckling pigs, fried corbicula with lemon juices, yummy hams and pomegranate-flavor sodas transported from Portugal. You should try at least one of these specialties to make the best of your trip.

  • Address: No.90 Feineng Biandu Street, Ilhas na Taipa
  • Tele: 853-827571

Recommended restaurant: Restaurante Platao

Introduction: As the chefs of Restaurante Platao are the ones who served the former governor general of Macau, the restaurant is packed with people who go there to admire it. There was once a crowd of Hong Kong people visiting there just to taste the Portuguese dishes. The most renowned desert at this restaurant is the cream pudding with bread crumbs on top, which is sold out within minutes.

  • Address: Largo do São Domingos
  • Tele: 853-331818

Recommended restaurant: Restaurante Espaco Lisboa

Introduction: The dim light, together with the tile pictures on the wall, creates an environment teeming with a Portuguese rustic atmosphere.

  • Address: No.8 Luhuan Shuiya Street
  • Tele: 853-882226