Macau Food Porn: Heaven in My Mouth

Highlights of Macanese Cuisine

Macanese cuisine is a mixture of Portuguese and southern Chinese cuisines with some influences from South-East Asian countries such as Thailand or Vietnam. It is well known for its steamed or boiled seafood, grilled and roasted pork/ beef, egg tarts and seaweed egg rolls. The majority of Macanese dishes are seasoned with coconut milk, turmeric and cinnamon. Surprisingly, the food is not as spicy as many people think. 

Macanese almond cookies

Macanese almond cookies

Our Culinary Experience in Macau

We could not afford to dine out in Portuguese or Macanese restaurants on a regular basis while living in Macau so we mainly stacked to the budget street food which was not only cheap and filling, but also delicious and nutritious. We grabbed some buns and croissants with a cup of coffee from local bakeries in the morning, had a bowl of steamed veggies and fish balls at local food stand for lunch and enjoyed a plate of Chinese food for a dinner.

A girl is holding a tray with Chocolate croissant, had bun, garlic bread and mini cheese soft baguette in a bakery in Macau

Breakfast time! Chocolate croissant, bun, garlic bread and mini cheese soft baguette

Here are some of the food we tried, loved and we would like to recommend:

Egg Tart (Pastéis de nata)

It’s creamy, soft and delicious. It tastes best when it’s hot. You can have it with a glass of Portuguese red wine or an espresso.

Pastéis de nata Egg tarts

Egg tarts

 

Sauerkraut and Soy Sauce

It’s a great alternative for vegetarians. If you are a meat lover, you can get one with a small pieces of beef or pork.

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A bowl of sauerkraut

 

Seafood

There is a great variety of seafood in Macau. You can have some fish balls, crab balls, fried or grilled salmon, etc. Any kind of seafood balls are cheap, ready in 5 minutes and they are also very filling.

Fish and crab balls

Fish and crab balls

 

Seaweed egg rolls

You can buy a whole box of them and have a few when you need a great, quick snack. It’s perfect with a cup of tea or coffee. Very crispy.

A box of Macanese seaweed egg rolls

A box of Macanese seaweed egg rolls

 

Serradura (Portuguese sawdust pudding)

It might look a bit weird, but this biscuit dessert is just amazing. The biscuits are crushed super fine so it looks like sawdust. It is in a cake slice form, very creamy and cold, like a hard ice-cream. Perfect sweetness!

A bowl of Serradura

One serving of Serradura

 

Kebab

It’s a very popular street food. You can fill yourself up with a kebab meat wrapped in a pita bread topped with garlic sauce and served with veggies. It’s cheap and delicious!

Kebab in Macau

A portion of kebab in pita bread, salad and dressings

 

Portuguese Baguette with Chips

Are you looking for some breakfast ideas? Go for Sandes de Ovo com Queijo, Fiambre, Tomate e Afece (egg, cheese, ham, tomato and lettuce sandwich). Fresh, crispy and filling!

Portuguese baguette with chips

Portuguese baguette with chips

 

Chinese Specialty – Diced Chicken with Hemp Pepper Rice

If you miss rice, meat and spicy herbs, go to any Chinese restaurant and order a spicy Sichuan meal. You will get a plate of fried chicken or pork meat, any kind of veggies and a bowl of sticky pepper rice. Sounds delicious?

Diced chicken with hemp pepper rice

Diced chicken with hemp pepper rice

 

BBQ Dishes

If you are bored of steamed and fried dishes, go for a grilled option. You can have well done chicken wings, steak or sweetcorn. Cheap and yummy.

Grilled chicken wings and sweetcorn

Grilled chicken wings and sweetcorn

 

Strawberry Yoghurt Shake

Words cannot describe how much we love fruit drinks, from smoothies, shakes to frozen yoghurt. Macau coffee shops serve a great variety of tropical fruit drinks so if you feel like having a mango smoothie or frozen berry yoghurt, you can find it anywhere around you! We enjoyed our strawberry yoghurt shake, iced and creamy!

Strawberry yogurt shake

Miss perfect on our table

 

Breakfast Sandwiches

There is no way you can find a ham and cheese toast anywhere in China (Chinese breakfasts are more complicated than this). Macau is different. Finding a nice sandwich, breakfast roll or pork bun is super easy. Every single restaurant sells them. We highly recommend ham, fried egg and cheese sandwich, simply cheese toast and a mug of hot chocolate. 

A mug of hot chocolate, ham fried egg and fish sandwich, cheese toast

A breakfast we would never get in China

 

P.S. Everything tastes better in Macau with a glass (often a bottle) of Portuguese red wine, right?

Any particular Macanese food we missed?

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  • The Guy August 11, 2013, 8:01 pm

    It all looks very tempting. I’m particularly drawn to the egg tarts, I love them.

    Welcome back Agness, it is great to see you blogging again. I hope you had a great time in Europe.

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  • Maria August 12, 2013, 12:32 am

    I’ll take one of each, PLEASE! :-)

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    • Agness Walewinder September 2, 2013, 11:38 am

      Suuuuuuure!

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  • Mary {The World Is A Book} August 12, 2013, 8:48 am

    I would go to Macau just to eat most of these food. I’ve had Portuguese Egg Tarts and they are delicious. Seaweed egg rolls may take a bit of getting used to for me. What a wonderful variety and you guys ate well. Welcome back!

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    • Agness Walewinder September 2, 2013, 11:38 am

      Hey Mary, thanks for sharing. I would take a ferry from Hong Kong to Macau to try the egg tart again, insane how good it is!

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  • Hogga August 12, 2013, 4:06 pm

    mmmm everything looks/sounds delish!

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    • Agness Walewinder September 2, 2013, 11:37 am

      And tastes delicious as well :)

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  • Amanda @ Adventure Year August 12, 2013, 4:07 pm

    Oh, all of that seafood you just mentioned got my tastebuds hungry. All of it looks good, though! That Strawberry Yoghurt Shake looks pretty dang tasty too. Can you even have that with wine? ;)

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    • Agness Walewinder September 2, 2013, 11:37 am

      Yes, sure. Everything tastes good with wine, right?

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  • ardun August 12, 2013, 7:12 pm

    I want the diced chicken with hemp pepper rice!

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    • Agness Walewinder September 2, 2013, 11:36 am

      Me too, me too right now!

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  • Cassandra August 13, 2013, 6:29 am

    While I was aware that Macau had been a Portuguese colony, I hadn’t thought about how much of the cuisine would come from Iberia! I’ve tasted the pasteis de nata in Lisbon, and they were amaaaazing. It’s so interesting to see the mix of foods at this crossroads of culture!

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    • Agness Walewinder September 2, 2013, 11:36 am

      Iberia, seriously? What a surprise! I gotta go there soon to judge the food!

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  • Jennifer August 13, 2013, 7:17 am

    Looks like you had a great time sampling the food in Macau!

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    • Agness Walewinder September 2, 2013, 11:35 am

      Yes we did, indeed Jennifer!

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  • Aggy August 13, 2013, 6:02 pm

    Yumm! So many Portuguese food! I love the custard pie when I was travelling to Portugal and Macau looks like it has a wide range of food *mouth waters*

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    • Agness Walewinder September 2, 2013, 11:35 am

      Custard pie is amazing :):)

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  • noelfy August 14, 2013, 4:37 pm

    I am addicted to Pasteis de nata from the time I used to live in Porto, but after trying the macau version, I was very disappointed :P Not really the same. The one they make in Azores Islands is pretty similar, but the Chinese version left me with nostalgic mouth!!

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    • Agness Walewinder September 2, 2013, 11:21 am

      You just made me miss Macau food so much!!!! It’s crazy!

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  • Dan @ A Cruising Couple August 18, 2013, 3:40 am

    We stuffed our faces in Macau. The flavors mixing from all those different influences make for some really unique and delicious food. And it’s true it all tastes that much better with a glass (or two) of Portuguese wine!

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    • Agness Walewinder September 2, 2013, 11:20 am

      Wait a minute, we missed wine tasting in Macau, buuuuuuuu :((((

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  • Freya August 21, 2013, 10:13 pm

    The seafood and the BBQ dishes look absolutely delicious

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    • Agness Walewinder September 2, 2013, 11:19 am

      And they taste even better!! :)

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  • Digital Nomads August 24, 2013, 5:09 pm

    If the food taste good lie the photos, we should pack to Macau :)

    Welcome back girl :)

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    • Agness Walewinder September 2, 2013, 11:19 am

      You should, definitely!!!!!

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  • Tim Blight August 25, 2013, 8:30 am

    Macanese food is one of Asia’s undiscovered gems in my opinion!! It’s like the perfect fusion of east, west and everything in between!!! Thanks again for sharing :D My stomach is rumbling just looking at those pictures!

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    • Agness Walewinder September 2, 2013, 11:19 am

      I absolutely agree, Tim! One of my favourite cuisine! :)

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  • Pedro @ Travel with Pedro August 27, 2013, 5:48 pm

    Hmmmmm is it very unoriginal if I say this is a delicious post? :-)

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    • Agness Walewinder September 2, 2013, 11:17 am

      Oh Pedro, wish you were here. Heaven in my mouth!!

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  • Heather August 28, 2013, 1:56 am

    We ate so many egg tarts in Macau! Somehow we missed the rest of these items so I guess we’ll just have to go back :-)

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    • Agness Walewinder September 2, 2013, 11:17 am

      Same here, LOL! Egg tarts are just way too delicious, right?

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  • Sonja @ The {Happy} Travel Bug August 30, 2013, 4:52 pm

    You eat some of the most interesting things! Always enjoy reading about them.

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    • Agness Walewinder September 2, 2013, 11:16 am

      Thanks a lot. It’s been a real culinary journey for me where I discovered some of really delicious food!

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  • Zara @ Backpack ME September 7, 2013, 4:11 pm

    HA! It’s funny that you say Portuguese tarts (pasteis de nata) taste good with red wine, as we (we as in Portuguese people) mostly have them for breakfast or as a snack in the afternoon, with coffee! It’s one of my favorite treats I indulge in when I’m back in Portugal and, believe me, they’re quite different than those in Macau.. of course I’m gonna say better.. so come to Portugal sometime and try them there too! ;)

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    • Agness Walewinder September 8, 2013, 2:09 am

      Hahahahhaa, everything tastes good with wine for me, maybe that’s why :)

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  • Shalu Sharma September 10, 2013, 8:28 am

    Nice post title, it got me thinking. Lovely photos of the food.

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    • Agness Walewinder September 11, 2013, 11:10 am

      Thank you Shalu. Macau is a great place to experience new food flavors.

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  • Noah @ Somewhere Or Bust September 10, 2013, 11:31 pm

    Never made it to Macau, but the photos between kebab and bbq looked best. (I’m not much of a Macanese dessert guy, I guess.) I did love the dim sum and “Medium Very Spicy Soup” in Hong Kong, even though the latter took a few months off of my life.

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    • Agness Walewinder September 11, 2013, 11:13 am

      Dim Sum is definitely my favourite one and I always order it when I’m in Hong Kong (every two weeks). You should try one of these Macanese desserts, they are so nice!

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