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Top 15 must-try eats in Macau

Just a short hop from Hong Kong, Macau is a veritable foodie haven you should check out while you're on holiday in the area. Some of these delicious treats may sound familiar, but some will get you really curious. Here are 15 of Skyscanner's top Macau food picks to indulge in. Don't skip out anything on your foodie adventure!

1. Pastel de nata (Portuguese egg tarts)

Rows of egg tarts
Just one will not be enough. Photo credit: Macao Government Tourism Office

Consider all the egg tarts you’ve ever had in your life before the Macanese versions sub-par. These baked-to-perfection babies are favourites among tourists and locals alike, and for good reason. The pastry is buttery, flaky and crusty on the outside, sweet and custardy on the inside, and finished with a charred glaze on the top. Stopping at just one may prove to be your ultimate holiday challenge.

Where to try it: Lord Stow’s Bakery
Address: No. 1 Rua do Tassara, Coloane Village, Macau
Website: Lord Stow’s Bakery

2. Pork chop buns

A pork chop bun
A succulent, tasty treat just waiting to be had. Photo credit: Macao Government Tourism Office

There are few things as satisfying in life as a hearty slice of meat wedged in between bread, and when in Macau, do as the locals and tuck into one of these succulent pork chop buns – you’ll love biting into the juicy tender meat between just-perfectly-toasted buns.

Where to try it: Tai Lei Loi Kei Café
Address: Estrada da Baia de Nossa Senhora da Esperanca, Macau

3. Almond cookies

A basket of freshly baked almond cookies
Nothing beats having these cookies fresh out the oven. Photo credit: Macao Government Tourism Office

If you need a sugar rush while you’re travelling, Macau’s signature almond cookies should be in your stash. The melt-in-your-mouth texture juxtaposed with crunchy almond bits makes it a sure-fire hit with just about anyone.

Where to try it: Choi Heong Yuen Bakery
Address: Rua Felcidade 70-72,R/C, Macau
Website: Choi Heong Yuen Bakery

Where to try it: Koi Kei Bakery
Address: Edificio Hang Fai, 28 R. de São Paulo, Macau or Koi Kei Bakery, Rua Felcidade 70-72,R/C, Macau
Website: Koi Kei Bakery

4. Seaweed pork floss rolls

Seaweed, pork floss and egg may not be the most typical of culinary combinations but this unassuming threesome packs a punch when together. These pork floss rolls wrapped in seaweed are a crunchy, savoury snack and are rightfully one of Macau’s most famous culinary exports.

Where to try it: Choi Heong Yuen Bakery
Address: Rua Felcidade 70-72,R/C, Macau
Website: Choi Heong Yuen Bakery

Where to try it: Koi Kei Bakery
Address: Edificio Hang Fai, 28 R. de São Paulo, Macau or Koi Kei Bakery, Rua Felcidade 70-72,R/C, Macau
Website: Koi Kei Bakery

5. Shrimp roe noodles

Bold flavour that makes you wants seconds (and thirds), Macau’s shrimp roe noodles are hard to beat. Noodles sprinkled with delicious pops of shrimp roe? Sounds like a winner of a dinner for sure.

Where to try it: Wong Chi Kei Congee & Noodle
Address: No. 17 Largo do Senado, Macau
Website: Wong Chi Kei Congee & Noodle

6. Steamed milk pudding

Bowl of steamed milk pudding
Breakfast in Macau isn’t complete without some steamed milk pudding! Photo credit: Macao Government Tourism Office

If you haven’t tried Chinese milk pudding, you’re missing out. Toss the no-lactose dietary rules out the door, because this indulgent sweet treat, served hot or cold, is worth breaking every rule for. The pudding has a pleasant milky taste and is silky smooth in texture. Heaven in your mouth.

Where to try it: Leitaria I Son
Address: 60 R. Nova da Areia Preta, Macau

7. Crab porridge

Porridge holds a special place of nostalgia in most of Asia. Macau takes the humble congee up a notch by adding the sweet flesh of fresh crab.

Where to try it: Seng Cheong Restaurant
Address: No. 28-30 Rua do Cunha, Taipa Village, Macau

8. Bacalhau

Bacalhau, or salted cod fish, is one of the most popular seafood choices in Portugal, and has infiltrated the palate of the Macanese as well. Said to be prepared in hundreds of ways, a favourite is to have small balls of Bacalhau fried up as a delicious snack. Every restaurant has their own style of preparing Bacalhau, so be sure to try this multiple times!

Where to try it: Ou Mun Café
Address: No. 12 Travessa do S. Domingos, Macau
Website: Ou Mun Café

9. Caldo verde

You can’t skip this soup starter when you’re in Macau. Typically enjoyed in Portugal during festivals, this celebratory soup is made of potato, kale and chorizo. It is an obvious choice, especially when the weather starts to cool down.

Where to try it: Espaco Lisboa Restaurant
Address: No. 8 Rua das Gaivotas, Coloane Village, Macau
Website: Espaco Lisboa Restaurant

10. Minchi

Minchi, supposedly derived from the English word ‘minced’, is a simple dish of ground beef or pork that is seasoned with molasses and soy sauce and served with rice. The meat may sometimes be replaced with vegetables or fish as well, and this dish is said to taste best when chopped up with two cleavers by hand. This comfort food is the go-to choice for locals, and should be on your must-try list too!

Where to try it: Litoral Restaurante
Address: No. 261-A Rua do Almiirante Sergio, Macau
Website: Litoral Restaurant

11. African chicken

A plate of African chicken
One plate of spicy African chicken, coming right up! Photo credit: Macao Government Tourism Office

It might sound odd to be hunting for African Chicken in Macau, but trust us, the hunt is well worth it. Invented locally in the 1940s, the original chef unfortunately passed away without sharing the history behind the name of the dish. The barbecued chicken coated with spicy piri piri sauce is said to have a possible nod to Portugal’s Moorish past. Whatever the background, it certainly makes for a tasty meal.

Where to try it: Restaurante Escada
Address: No. 8 Rua de Se, Maca
Website: Restaurante Escada

12. Ameijoas com alho (Portuguese clams in garlic sauce)

If you love your seafood broths, this one will rub you the right way. The buttery and garlicky flavor lends unbelievable taste to the medley of clams swirling in your mouth.

Where to try it: Adega Velha Portuguese Restaurant
Address: No. 90 Rua de Femao Mendes Pinto, Taipa, Macau
Website: Adega Velha Portuguese Restaurant

13. Portuguese seafood rice

A close up of Portuguese Seafood Rice
Photo credit: Nobody gets left behind in this plate! Photo credit: Macao Government Tourism Office

The soupier cousin of the Spanish paella, the Portuguese seafood rice is packed with fresh seafood. What changes the game here is the sweet tomato broth laden with flavour that will have you licking the bowl.

Where to try it: Portugalia Portuguese Restaurant
Address: 5 R. dos Mercadores, Taipa, Macau
Website: Portugalia Portuguese Restaurant

14. Portuguese baked duck rice

This baked rice dish is drawn from a traditional recipe that hails from northern Portugal and is normally served on festive occasions such as Christmas and New Year. The duck is first cooked in a broth, before the flesh is removed and shredded. Following which, somewhat similar to our local chicken rice, the broth is then used to flavour the rice.

Where to try it: Miramar Portuguese Restaurant
Address: Zona Nordeste da Praia Hac-Sa, Coloane, Macau
Website: Miramar Portuguese Restaurant

15. Serradura

The name serradura directly translates to “sawdust” from Portuguese, which may not sound the most appealing. However, this unassuming pudding is anything but. This delectable dessert will delight sweet-tooths, with its layers of tea biscuits, crushed ultra fine to resemble sawdust, topped off with cream, condensed milk and vanilla. Mmmm…

Where to try it: Gelatina Mok Yi Kei
Address: No. 9A Rua do Cunha, Taipa Village, Macau

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Originally published on 27 November 2015 and updated in September 2017. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.

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