In recent years, Macau has made great strides towards earning its reputation as a leading culinary destination in the region. In fact, 19 of Macau’s fine dining restaurants were awarded Michelin Stars in the Michelin Guide Hong Kong Macau 2017 – the leading authority on fine dining.
Furthermore, 12 Macau eateries were recommended in the guidebook’s Street Food category. Whilst there’s no doubt that Macau’s street eats are delicious, the tricky part is knowing where to try them since not all the street food vendors are easy to find.
However, we’ve handpicked our favourites with recommendations on where to try them. Locals have long since known that Macau’s street treats are among the best in the world – now it’s your turn to discover them too.
Lord Stow’s Bakery
You can’t come to Macau without trying its own edible icon. As egg tarts go, the Macau Portuguese egg tart trumps them all. Visitors from all over come to the famous bakery (where they were first introduced to Macau) to buy them by the box load. With their flaky pastry crusts, delicious egg custard centres and crispy crème brulee tops, they taste twice as nice when piping hot.
Lord Stow's Bakery, 1 Rua do Tassara, Coloane (853) 2888 2534
Yee Shun Milk Company
This is still the best place to go for a bowl of Chinese steamed milk pudding, served cold or piping hot. They now have numerous branches across Macau and Hong Kong too, but this is the original store and they do it best. For a little spin, try the the double skinned milk pudding with red bean, or the steamed milk with ginger for that extra kick.
Yi Shun Milk Company, 381 Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro, Macau (853) 2837 3104
Sun Ying Kei
Home to Macau’s other signature snack – the pork chop bun. Essentially, it’s a fried pork chop in a bun that is crispy on the outside and very soft inside. Such is the popularity that it’s often described as “the Macanese version of a hamburger”. Pork chop buns can be found in various places in Macau, but this is the original shop, located in Taipa. Succulent pork chops are coupled with warm, chewy buns that emerge from the oven daily at 2pm sharp. Head here for a taste of a local Macanese speciality.
Sun Ying Kei, 2B Rua da Alegria do Patane, Macau
Lemon Cello Gelato
The long and hot summer months in Macau beg for a refreshing treat to help cool you down and in Macau most people head here. They offer more than 60 flavours of ice cream, including unconventional flavours ginger, beancurd, durian and banana sesame. The house special limoncello gelato is delicious.
Lemon Cello Gelato, Trav. Se 11r/c, Macau (853) 2833 1570
Lei Ka Choi
This is the best place to come for traditional clay pot dishes and snacks (hearty Cantonese comfort food). Signature dishes include their boiled beef brisket, stewed chicken soup with Chinese herb and their famous deep fried fish balls. A duck’s blood soup was among the dishes noted by Michelin. Of course, wontons and noodles are also available for the less adventurous among you.
Lei Ka Choi, Shop E-G028, Broadway Macau, Cotai (853) 8883 3338
Another popular snack that people go crazy for is the Macau style almond cakes and cookies. This centuries-old pastry shop specialises in them. However, Fong Kei has put their own spin on these ubiquitous cookies by adding seasoned pork and Michelin, much like the tourists who buy them in huge numbers, definitely approve.
Fong Kei, 14 Rua do Cunha, Taipa (853) 2882 7142
This street vendor near Senado Square is known for its black pepper buns, served fresh out of the oven. The flaky biscuit-like buns are stuffed with black pepper pork and spring onions and are a must try while in Macau.
Dai Gwan, 1 Rua do Monte, Macau
Tucked away on a side street that’s easily overlooked, this place is a hidden gem. Head here for some delicious dim sum. The shop serves steamed buns and classic dim sum, like shumai and mah lai goh (a Cantonese sponge cake).
Chong Shing, GF, 11 rua de Tome Pires, Macau
Mok Yee Kei
Believed to be the first place to start selling durian flavoured ice cream, they are now famous for their durian desserts. The beloved Asian fruit isn’t to everyone’s tastes, but whether you love it or hate it, the durian fruit is an experience not to be missed while travelling in Asia.
Mok Yi Kei, 9 Rua do Cunha, Taipa (853) 6669 5194
Neng Meng Wang
Selling all sorts of pickled and dried confectionery, from candied lemon peel, ginger to pickled plum, the shop was set up after Macanese founder Tong King-pui retired from selling candy in Hong Kong to return home.
Neng Meng Wang, GF, Lai Hou Garden, Rua Coelho do Amaral, MacauTel: (853) 2688 1786
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