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Just a short journey across the pond, Macau is perfect for a quick weekend getaway. Known for its glamorous casinos and hotels, concerts featuring huge international stars, and beautiful colonial façades that line the streets, Macau is also a great place to stuff your face with all kinds of tasty treats. Can’t wait to try them all? Here are some of the best eats every foodie must try in our sister SAR.
If you’re a fan of rice rolls, then Lun Kee should be on the top of your foodie bucket list. Tucked away on a quiet side street just five minutes away from the Ruins of St. Paul’s, this rustic eatery is loved by many locals and tourists. Creamy smooth, flavourful, and made-to-order, Lun Kee’s rice rolls are made using a traditional cloth-pull method where the rice mixture and egg are both steamed together on a piece of cloth to form a thin sheet, before rolling it up by hand to serve. Most famous for its Shallot Egg Rice Roll ($27), Lun Kee only has two tables for customers to sit down and eat, so if you do decide to visit, make sure you arrive bright and early to avoid the long queue.
Lun Kee Cheung Fun Rice Roll, G/F, 26 Beco do Tarrafeiro, Patane, (+853) 2895 6563
When it comes to food in Macau, we would be remiss if we did not mention pork chop buns, and we reckon Sei Kee Café’s pork chop buns are the ones to try. A quick search of the café on Instagram will land you with its star dish on the menu, the Thick Egg Pork Chop Bun ($38) – a large succulent piece of fried pork chop sandwiched between two buttered crispy buns, topped off with a thick silky omelette. Other popular nibbles include Peanut Coated Deep Fried Toast Cubes ($25), Thick Egg Corned Beef Sandwich ($18), and its Clay Pot Brewed Coffee ($20) served hot or cold.
Sei Kee Cafe, G/F, 1 Largo dos Bombeiros, Vila de Taipa, (+853) 6569 1214G/F, Edf Cheong Son, 7-15 Patio Da Palha, Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro, (+853) 6377 9664
What good would a trip to Macau be without those all-important food pics to make your friends jealous on Instagram? From its dreamy pastel pink and yellow façade to its aesthetically-pleasing décor that includes neon signs, and a rose-covered wall, there are plenty of photo opportunities at Peace of Cake. While you’re busy snapping away for the gram, don’t forget to take a look at the menu and choose from a wide variety of colourful and beautifully decorated dishes. Our favourites are the Scallop and Salmon Beetroot Spaghetti ($68), Butterfly Pea Flower Thai Salad ($48), and the Marble Lemon Cheesecake ($35).
Peace of Cake, Shop G, G/F, Block 10, Jardim Cidade Building, Rua Marginal do Canal das Hortas, Portas do Cerco/Toi San, (+853) 2823 7137
Another quintessential Macau food is, of course, Portuguese egg tarts – and no one does it better than Lord Stow’s Bakery. Probably one of, if not the most popular place to enjoy an authentic Portuguese egg tart, this 30-year-old bakery sells 20,000 egg tarts on average to local and visiting foodies every day. With a buttery, flaky puff pastry crust, and a sweet fragrant custard centre, the bakery’s Portuguese Egg Tarts (MOP$9) are freshly baked each day to ensure the best quality in flavour and texture. If you’re looking to buy a big batch to share with friends and family, it is recommended to call ahead and pre-order.
Lord Stow’s Bakery, G/F, 1 Rua do Tassara, Coloane Downtown, (+853) 2888 2534Shop 870, Mask Street, 3/F, The Grand Canal Shoppes, The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel, Estrada do Istmo, Coloane-Taipa, (+853) 2886 6889G/F, Block E, Edificio Pak Hung, 9 Rua da Cunha, Vila de Taipa, (+853) 2857 6580
If it’s authenticity you’re after, Pastelaria Ng Teng Kei is as traditional as it gets. After 60 years in business, Ng Teng Kei is the only shop in Macau that sells “cold cakes”. Unlike its name suggests, cold cakes are actually served hot. This traditional dessert is made in a large circular pan where the batter is baked until golden brown, then it is sprinkled with ingredients such as sugar, shredded coconut, sesame seeds, and peanuts, before it gets cut into half, folded, and divided into serving portions. It’s nothing fancy when compared with other desserts out there, but it is one of a kind for sure. Every day, the owner/chef will begin to make these cold cakes from around 2pm until 5pm, so make sure to arrive between those times, as they always sell out fast. Also, Ng Teng Kei does not sell cold cakes during summer time, as the hot weather can affect the way they are cooked and taste.
Pastelaria Ng Teng Kei, G/F, 15 Rua da Praia do Manduco, Sao Lourenco, (+853) 2856 5393