09 Apr Macau: Our Top Five Foodie Treats
No, aren’t going to send you for a Portuguese egg tart (although if you twist our arm, we think the hot from the oven one at Margaret’s Pastel e Nata is the only one worth the calories).
Rather, we’d like to send you on some little Macau foodie adventures that you might not find on your own. Adventures that will also take you, serendipitously, to some local areas and streets well worth strolling! Read on.
Macau: Top 5 Foodie Treats from Little Adventures in Hong Kong
1. Nam Peng Cafe
The first time we slipped into a wooden booth at this old school cha chaan teng coffee shop we almost cried–this place is like Hong Kong 50 years ago. Then we sank our teeth into their signature beignet like donut, the sa yong, and we were hooked for life. Try the egg sandwich with char siu bbq pork too!
2. Long Va Teahouse
Before dim sum moved out of Guangzhou and Hong Kong to rock the Chinese culinary world, tea houses were about, well, tea. That’s the way it still is here at the marvelous Long Va teahouse. You don’t come here for the food, you come for the sublime experience of sipping a nice cup of sow mei or tid gwoon yam (Iron Goddess oolong) surrounded by paintings, drawings, antiquities and gorgeous light streaming through the balcony windows. Bring your notebook or sketchbook and be inspired by one of the last great old places in town.
3. Sing Kwan Burmese Noodles
Macau’s small community of Burmese immigrants punches above its weight on the culinary scene you’ll find a few Burmese food stalls clustered in the streets of the Three Lamps District in northern Macau This one is our favorite, thanks to a rich, coconut curry broth super slurpable chicken noodle soup. Tip: don’t wear your best white shirt here!
4. Loja da Conservas
This branch of a well known Portuguese chain of artisanal canned fish shops is an absolute delight. We walked in to browse and came out with no fewer than 13 cans of mackerel, sardines, octopus and pates of tuna. This is practically a museum or library of fish, with knowledgeable staff and lots of information about the artisanal and regional Portuguese producers. We felt like we were taking a bit of Portuguese Macau home with us in a can.
In Portuguese the word “Riquexo” means “rickshaw”, a nod to the mixed cultural origins of this quintessential Macau eatery. (The name in Chinese, btw, is the much more propitious sounding 利多–and that’s how your taxi driver will know it.) The menu, hearty Macanese staples like oxtail stew, comes out of steam tables, and changes daily. We fell in love with the crusty, perfect Portuguese bread and with the fact that this is the only place in Macau we have ever heard Portuguese being spoken at every single table .
Macau Top 5 Treats: Where to Find Them
Want more help? Contact us and we’ll arrange to take you and your guests on a private guided walk to these and more Macau delights!
1. Nam Peng Cafe
54 R. de Cinco de Outubro Macau, 54 R. de Cinco de Outubro, Macau +853 2892 2276
2. Long Wa Teahouse
3 R. Norte do Mercado Alm. Lacerda, Macau +853 2857 4456
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3. Sing Kwan 成群小食店
新橋(三盞燈/白鴿巢)嘉路米耶圓形地2號嘉樂花園D2地舖 +853 2834 4797
4. Loja Das Consevas Canned Fish
5. Riquexo 利多餐室
+853 2856 5655