Macao is definitely a city on the move, but it never loses its unique blend of Chinese and Portuguese cultures and tastes. Macao is famous for its cuisine and the quality of the food served.
Macanese food is a fusion of spices and food cultures from Africa, India and the coast of Malacca, brought to Macao by the Portuguese. With different foreign and Chinese ingredients plus cooking styles to cook traditional Portuguese dishes, this unique taste was created and has been enjoyed by travellers for decades.
You will find a fine selection of coffee shops in Portuguese style selling delicious pastries and providing the chance to experience the local flavours.
For lunch and dinner, Macanese and Portuguese restaurants are found all over Macao. Among the popular restaurants are Oporto and A-Lorcha, both close to the A-Ma Temple. Within close walking distance of Senado Square are the popular Escada and Restaurante Platao, while in the old Taipa village there’s O’Manel, Litoral and the more upmarket Antonio’s. On Macao’s lush green outer island of Coloane, Miramar is a must.
Make sure you order the spicy African Chicken and perhaps the local dessert Serradura. Why not head to Coloane for the world’s most mouth-watering Macao Egg Tarts from the original Lord Stow’s Bakery.
Why not Download your copy of our Macao Recipe Cards and try cooking these tasty dishes, African Chicken, Minchi, Macao Egg Tarts and Serradura before you travel to Macao.
Ingredients – Serves 10
30 pieces Marie Biscuit
1 sachet Knox gelatine
1/3 cup hot water
1 can (225ml) condensed milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
750 ml cream, whipped
Procedures: Pound or grind the biscuits into a course powder. Soften gelatine in hot water for about two minutes. Dissolve gelatine completely. With a wire whisk, beat condensed milk over medium spread until runny.
Add the still warm gelatine gradually. Add Vanilla essence to the mixture. Carefully fold in whipped cream until properly combined. Alternately pour layers of cream and powdered biscuit into your preferred container. Chill, and then serve.
Lunch with a View:
On Macao Peninsular
In recent years, Macao continues to be recognised as one of the world’s culinary destinations – following an influx of internationally renowned restaurant brands from around the world and celebrity chefs that take Macao’s gastronomic scene to new heights.
Both on the peninsula and along the neon-lit Cotai Strip there are a number of quality fine dining restaurants within the giant precincts. Among them the three Michelin-starred Robuchon au Dome (French style) and the two Michelin-starred The Eight (Chinese style), both within the Grand Lisboa.
Across at Cotai are such fashionable restaurants as Messa9 and Beijing Kitchen, to name just two.
Search the tastes of Macao here: http://en.macaotourism.gov.mo/dining/restaurant.php
Taipa Village offers a wide variety of cuisine, from local bakeries to traditional street food stalls, putting tempting and authentic Chinese fare alongside continental dishes inspired by Portuguese and Spanish culinary traditions. Visit Rua da Cuhna to sample delights from a selection of local eateries that offer snacks, irresistible cakes and pastries, and light bites. This popular gastronomic destination appeals to all the senses and is a truly unique tasting journey.
Where to eat in Taipa Village: http://www.taipavillagemacau.com/dining/dining-highlights/
For more information on Taipa Village Authentic Macau: http://www.taipavillagemacau.com
Experience Macao – Your Own Style as you are truly spoilt for choice.
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