We always find Macau an interesting place with its nostalgic old charm and culture similar to Hong Kong yet without the mounting pressure of Hong Kong life. Not to forget the yummy food Macau has to offer!
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1. Lord Stow Portuguese Egg Tart (安德鲁葡挞)
The name Lord Stow’s has become synonymous with the best Portuguese egg tarts in Macau. Buttery flaky pastry shell and rich creamy custard filling, Macau’s version differs from most egg tarts sold elsewhere. Miss it and you will regret.
We recommend eating steaming hot egg tarts straight from the ovens of Lord Stow’s Bakery because they taste twice as nice when piping hot.
- Rue Do Cunha Food Street (Google Map)
- Venetian Macau
- 1 Rua da Tassara, Coloane Island, Macau (Original Shop) (Google Map)
2. Chan Kong Kei Roast Duck (陳光記飯店)
With more than 50 years of experience serving one of Macau best roast duck, marinated in special homemade black pepper sauce. Its distinct flavour and the juiciness of the meat immediately surprises your taste buds compare to other roast duck. One of the place we don’t mind eating twice in a trip!
Avoid arriving during peak lunch or dinner time as the queue can be long, we usually visit prior lunch or in the evening.
Address : Rua Do Dr. P José Lobo 19 地址 : 罗保博士街19号地下
Opening Hours : Daily 10am to 9pm
What to Order : Roast Black Pepper Duck
Getting There : Bus – 2, 3, 3A, 5, 7, 10, 10A, 11, 18, 21A, 26A, 33. Stop at Senado Square. With Senado Square on your left side and Leal Senado Building on your right side, walk straight, cross Av. da Praia Grande ( Name of the road ), keep walking straight and turn to Rua Do Dr. P José Lobo on your right side. (Google Map)
Price : Around USD8 / RM30 per person
3. Sei Kee Cafe 世記咖啡 Pork Chop Bun
Pork Chop bun is another food you shouldn’t miss in Macau. The famous one used to be Tai Lei Loi Kei however when we tried 世記咖啡 pork chop bun, we had to bid good bye to Tai Lei Loi Kei. Crunchy on the outside and soft inner bun and well marinated and tender pork chop bun is to die for. Get a bottle of their coffee or milk tea to pair with the bun.
The tiny shop is located at the end of an alley opposite Rua do Monte, turn in after BCM Bank. It took us some time to find it as well.
Address : G/F, Edf Cheong Son, 7-15 Patio Da Palha, Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro
4. Kam Wai Beef Offal (錦華牛雜)
Kam Wai Beef Offal is located in Senado Square offers a variety of beef offals braised for hours in a curry broth, fish balls, vegetables. Beef Offal is a common street food in Hong Kong & Macau yet not everyone knows how to cook them. Offal tends to have an unpleasant taste if is not well clean and prepared. Add a dose of spicy sauce to give the dish a kick.
Address : 14, Largo de São Domingos, Macau (Google Map)
What to Order : Beef Offal
Price : Around RM20 (USD5 / SGD8)
5. Silva Café (施恩咖啡)
Situated close to the Cathedral & Senado Square, taste the freshly cooked Pork Chop Bun and Portuguese Egg Tart at Silva Cafe.
Address: No 15 Travessa de Se. Near Cathedral and Senado square
Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 19:00, except Wednesday.
What to Order: Pork chop bun, Portuguese Egg Tart, Pasteis de Bacalhau, Galo Castella.
Price : Below MOP30 / USD4 / RMB25 per person
6. 華麗燒烤 Chicken Drumstick & Skin
華麗燒烤 is not located within the tourist attraction zone however this small and unappealing shop of 28 years attracts steady crowds of mainly locals queuing patiently for their barbeque chicken skin, drumstick and wings. The chickens are perfectly marinated that the flavours has penetrated into every part of the meat and the skin. Guilty as it seems, the chicken skin usually sell out very fast and you will know why once you tasted it.
Address: 60 R. de Marques de Oliveira, Macau (Google Map)
What to Order: Chicken Skin, Chicken Drumstick, Chicken Wing
Opening Time: 6 pm to 1 am. Closed on Sunday
7. 贏到粥 Hot Pot Clam
Hidden in the alley, Hot Pot Clam is relatively unknown to tourist. The restaurant gets busier late at night where regulars head to the shop for their 卜卜蜆, a clam broth steamboat. Apart from the 卜卜蜆 steamboat base, you can order meats, vegetables and other toppings to go with the steamboat.
Address : Fong Son San Chun Iii, no.104-124, Rua da Escola Nautica, Macau (Google Map)
What to Order : 卜卜蜆
Opening Hours : Daily 6.00pm to 2.00am
8. 長洲平記 Mango Mochi
This dessert originates from Chang Zhou in Hong Kong but now finally opened their first shop in Macau. The mochi are soft and delicate with a big chunk of fresh mango or durian inside.
Address: R. de Horta e Sousa, Macau (Google Map)
What to Order: Mango Mochi, Durian Mochi
9. Nan Peng Cafe Sandwich (南屏雅敘 )
Adorned by locals Nan Peng is one of the oldest Cha Chan Teng in Macau that serves simple yet delicious breakfast for decades. The signature Nan Peng sandwich comes with a thick yet fluffy omelet, generous amount of hams and pork char siew. The shop is located nearby Sofitel Macau Ponte 16.
Address: 85, Rua de Cinco de Outubro, Macau (Google Map)
Opening Hours: 7 am to 6 pm
What to Order: Nan Peng Sandwich
Price: Around 25 MOP (RM12 / SGD5)
10. Gelatina Mok Yi Kei Serradura (莫義記)
Gelatina Mok Yi Kei is an 80 years old ice cream shop renowned for their Serradura Pudding and Musang King Durian Ice Cream. Serradura also is known as sawdust pudding is one of Macau’s iconic dessert, is made from a combination of whipped cream and crumbled Marie biscuit. While surprisingly Macau doesn’t produce durian yet they are selling durian by-product commonly, I would have thought it is their local fruit if I’m not from Durianland (Malaysia).
Address: 9A, Rua do Cunha, Taipa (Google Map)
Opening Hours: Daily 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
What to Order: 榴莲雪糕 ( Durian Ice Cream ) and 木糠布丁 ( Serradura Pudding )
Getting There: Stop at Rua de Cunha ( 官也街 )
Price: Around USD5-10 / RM20-RM40 per person
11. North by Square Eight (食・ 八方旗下北㕑)
North by Square Eight in MGM Macau features a wide range of cuisine from Northern & Central China. The interior contemporary design was inspired by Beijing’s Courtyard Houses with artworks by Macanese artist Victor Marreiros. One of their signature dish is the glutinous rice dumplings filled with Red Bean paste stuffing (MOP 30). The texture is silky smooth and soft wrapped with perfectly cooked red bean paste.
Also the food portion at North by Square Eight is quite big so it is recommended to order few and share. Other recommended food are Shaanxi Flat Noodles tossed with Garlic, Chili and Soy Sauce, Beijing styled chilled Marinated baby cabbage with sesame sauce and Pork meat & chives dumpling.
Address: MGM Macau – Avenida Dr Sun Yat Sen, NAPE, Macau (Google Map)
Opening Hours: Daily 11 am to 1 am
What to Order: Glutinous rice dumplings filled with Red Bean paste stuffing; Shaanxi Flat Noodles tossed with Garlic, Chili and Soy Sauce; Beijing styled chilled Marinated baby cabbage with sesame sauce; Pork meat & chives dumpling
Full Review: North by Square Eight Restaurant
12. Lemoncello Gelato
Thick, creamy and lots of flavours especially on a hot day are the reasons that drives Lemoncello Gelato to be one of the hottest street food in Macau. The shop propelled to fame when they are included as one of Macau local street food to try in the Michelin guide book.
Address: Trav. Se11 R / C, Macau, China
What to Order: Gelato
Opening Hours: Daily 11 am to 10 pm
13. Leitaria I Son (義順牛奶公司)
Leitaria I Son originates from Macau with branches in Hong Kong is famous for their deliciously smooth and fragrant milk custard. This reasonable priced and popular dessert is a steamed blend of milk, sugar, and egg white. Creamy and smooth with just the right amount of sweetness.
There are a variety of toppings available but we do recommend to try the double boiled steam milk and ginger milk custard. The original shop has relocated from the fountain of Senado Square to alley nearby the St. Dominic’s Church. Another branch is located at Broadway Macau opposite Galaxy Macau.
Address: (Google Map)
Opening Hours: Daily 930am to 11 pm
What to Order: Double-boiled steam milk 双皮奶; Ginger milk custard 姜汁撞奶
14. Nam Ieong Beef Koay Teow (南洋粿條麵食)
A combination of Teochew and South East Asia noodles and broth is what makes Nam Ieong crowded during lunch and dinner time. A familiar taste of Vietnamese pho however topping up are Teochew style minced pork and pork ball makes it slightly differ with a more flavourful and sweeter broth. Generous topping of semi cook tender beef slices makes the noodle even more appetizing.
Address: 77A R. da Praia do Manduco, Sao Lourenco / 下環下環街77號A (Google Map)
Opening Hours : Mon to Sat 0830 to 200pm / 330pm to 600pm. Closed on Sunday
What to Order: Beef Koay Teow Soup, Mince Pork & Pork Ball Soup
Located near Senado Square 勝利茶餐室 attracts their patrons with reasonable priced and big portion food. Expect the cha chan teng to be packed throughout the day. Regulars usually drop in for their toast, beef steaks and milk tea while tourist might order their pork chop buns (Trust us 世記咖啡 pork chop bun is better).
Address: 94 R. dos Mercadores, Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro (Google Map)
Opening Hours: Daily 7.30am to 1000pm
16. Margaret Cafe e Nata ( 玛嘉烈蛋挞 )
Tucked away in one of Macau’s lively pedestrian back alleys, situated close to St Paul Ruins & Senado Square Margaret’s Cafe is well-known for their great Portuguese egg tarts. Compared to Lord Stow’s egg tart, Margaret’s egg tart has more flaky crust while Lord Stow’s boast a creamier custard.
Address : Edif. Kam Loi, Nam Van Area (Google Map)
Getting There : Bus – 2, 3, 3A, 5, 7, 10, 10A, 11, 18, 21A, 26A, 33.
1. With Senado Square on your left side and Leal Senado Building on your right side, walk straight, cross Av. da Praia Grande ( name of the road ), keep walking straight and turn to Rua Do Dr. P José Lobo on your right side, and then turn to an alley on the left side once you turn in to Rua Do Dr. P José Lobo. 5 minutes walk.
Price: around MOP7 each ( Approx RM3 / USD1 )
17. Golden Tang Dessert 糖朝盛世
Golden Tang Dessert features a variety of fresh mango dessert and drinks. They have 4 branches in Macau and the one we went is nearby 华丽烧烤, so you can try both stalls together. Their signature dish is 楊枝金撈 a mango dessert consist of sweet mango chunks, mango puree, sago, coconut milk and pomelo bits. Also, try their Durian version 招牌榴莲飘香 which is equally delicious.
Address : 31 R. da Restauracao, Macau (opposite Maxim bakery) (Google Map)
Opening Hours : 02.30pm to 01.00am
What to Order : 楊枝金撈; 招牌榴莲飘香
Price : Around 40 MOP (RM20)
1. Seng Cheong Crab Porridge (城昌饭店)
Crab Porridge is one of Macau’s iconic dish and Seng Cheong is the famous one cooked in 3 types of crab and it is often crowded with customers. Although the crab size is reasonable (crab claw as big as an iPhone 6）with crab meat quite abundance in the porridge however we personally find the taste mediocre.
If you happen to know a better crab porridge, do let us know so we can try it on our next Macau trip.
Address : 28-30 Rua do Cunha, Vila de Taipa / 氹仔舊城區官也街28-30號
Opening Hours : 1200pm to 1130pm
2. Tai Lei Loi Kei (大利来记)
Tai Lei Loi Kei used to be the most famous pork chop bun in Macau unfortunately with more competitors popping up with better version pork chop bun, Tai Lei Loi Kei has lost its No 1 position. The bun is too hard and dry while the pork chop is just normal.