Street Food in Macau | Macanese Cuisine

Macanese egg tart in Audrey's hand in Macau, China

Today’s feature travel video is of us eating street food in Macau, China with a specific emphasis on Macanese cuisine which has distinct Chinese and Portuguese influences.

Macanese Cuisine

 

Macanese strips of meat

After an impossibly long day packing up, moving out and flying to Macau from Chiang Mai, we were ready to hit the streets – after a long sleep – to check out all of the culinary delights Macau has to offer.

Unique to Macau, Macanese cuisine is an eclectic blend of Portuguese, southern Chinese, SE Asian and African influences.

It’s a fusion style of cuisine that combines ingredients found in Europe, other parts of Asia and locally.

Old world blends of spices including coconut milk, cinnamon, turmeric and bacalhau are typical seasonings when making Macanese dishes.

Baking, seldom used in Chinese cuisine, features prominently in Macanese dishes.

As we wandered through the historic area of the Macau we quickly realized we’d be able to mark off all of the items we had our checklist of street foods to try eating.

On our way from Senado Square (Senate Square – *Portuguese: Largo do Senado; Chinese: 議事亭前地*) to The Ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral (Portuguese: Ruínas de São Paulo, Chinese: 大三巴牌坊) we walked along a bustling pedestrian section featuring many kinds of Macanese dishes.

There were so many people competing for space it looked as though an ant hill suddenly split open with all the ants (people) scurrying about frantically.

Macanese egg tart

 

Macanese Egg Tarts

 

First on our list was the famed Egg Tarts (Portuguese: pastel de nata) which we quickly spotted as we randomly wandered around.

Pastéis de nata were first introduced in China under the Portuguese government that controlled Macau.

In Chinese they are known locally as 蛋撻 and/or 蛋挞 (pronounced as dàntǎ) literally translating as egg tart.

On the outside they were crispy with a soft fluffy creamy center similar to a souffle. Distinctly sweet, they immediately were a hit with both of us.

As we continued along the pedestrian strip we encountered a shop giving out free samples of dried and sweetened strips of meat. Audrey took a bite and proclaimed it tasted similar to bacon.

 

Macanese Almond Biscuits

 

Our quest to satisfy our ever demanding sweet tooth brought us over to a shop selling almond biscuits (杏仁饼 or 杏仁餅). Also known as almond cakes and almond cookies, these Chinese pastries are quite similar to shortbread Christmas cookies. They’d make a great little snack for afternoon tea.

Macanese Pork Chop Bun

 

Macanese Pork Chop Bun

 

Feeling a little overwhelmed by the gridlock of people in tandem with stifling heat and humidity, we decided to head down a less crowded side street where we just happened to stumble across a shop selling Macanese pork chop buns.

These buns, which are crispy on the outside and soft inside, are some of the most popular snacks in all of Macau. Luckily, the little eatery we selected was full of locals, so we knew it would be good.

Also known as a piggy bun, a fried slab of seasoned pork chop (豬扒包) is placed inside of a bun that appeared to be coated with butter.

Although this dish wouldn’t score highly in terms of ‘being healthy’ it certainly was delicious as the pork was very flavorful and melted in your mouth with each bite of the bun.

The one dish we didn’t get to try was Galinha à Africana (African chicken); however, I have tried it once before and I even made my own version of African chicken which I shared as a recipe on my site.

Overall, we enjoyed tickling our taste-buds with Macanese cuisine and we highly recommend you try as much as you can when visiting Macau.

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  4. says: Apol | WanderfulTogether.com

    I miss the egg tarts! I really enjoyed the almond cookies there and especially because they have free taste.. even inside the Venetian hehe.
    We have yet to taste the piggy bun though. At least one item to look forward to when we go back to Macau! 😀

  5. says: john

    I’m sure the Macanese Egg tart is as good as the Pastel De Nata (from Belem) ! Looks very yummy !
    Regarding the macanese strip of meat, I found similar in Malaysia, very good as well !

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  7. says: Emily McIntyre

    Wow. The photo of the egg tart had my mouth watering, and the Macanese Pork Chop Bun sounded delicious! Loved this account of your food adventures in Macau! Thanks for sharing.

    EWM

  8. says: Emily McIntyre

    Wow. The photo of the egg tart had my mouth watering, and the Macanese Pork Chop Bun sounded delicious! Loved this account of your food adventures in Macau! Thanks for sharing.

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  10. says: Ron | Active Palate Travels

    That Macanese Almond Biscuit looks delicious….especially with a cup of tea! I just finally made it to China and am in Kunming now. Can’t wait to eat more of the food (although what I have had so far has been delicious)!

  11. It’s wonderful to see some street views of Macau while also taking in your descriptions of local delicacies! The tarts looked absolutely delicious, as did the almond cakes! What seems most unusual from a North American perspective were the large sheets of dried, sweetened and pressed meat! Interesting!

  12. says: Beth

    I made a post a few weeks ago about street food in Macau, and my list looked almost identical to this 😉 Glad you got to try some delicious Macanese snacks!

  13. says: Bradley

    I had honestly never even heard of Macanese cuisine before this post. awesome. I want some Macanese Almond Biscuits right now!!! and a pork chop bun on the side, why not.

    How long are you guys in Macau for?

  14. We loved the food in Macau! Such an interesting blend of flavors. We did our fair share of street food, but also splurged on some of the more popular restaurants. Our meal at the Portuguese establishment A Lorcha was hands down our favorite, and I do think we ordered the African Chicken there. Look forward to giving your recipe a try.