Think Macau is all about casinos? Think again. With a distinct blend of colonial Portuguese heritage and modern-day Chinese culture, Macau is culturally fascinating and deliciously alluring. With such a unique fusion, the region is a foodie’s paradise practically filled with flavour-blending signature dishes. And best of all, it’s easy to try them with a stopover in Macau on your next trip to Australasia. Intrigued? Here are just some of our favourite snacks:
Portugese egg tarts
Creamy custard, encased in a delicious puff pastry and topped with a caramelised crème brulee-style crust: Portugese egg tarts are unsurprisingly omnipresent throughout Macau. The sugary nibble is famous island-wide and is served in all establishments: from high-class hotels and restaurants to street-stall vendors.
Pork chop bun
The pork chop bun is another popular street food snack in Macau. A freshly fried pork chop (without the bones of course) is placed inside a soft white roll… and voila: greasy greatness in a bap.
Macanese almond ‘cakes’ are more like cookies or biscuits than the fluffy sponge we expect from a typical cake. That doesn’t make them any less delicious however: pop into in any good Chinatown bakery for a taste of this crumbly, sweet treat.
Salt cod fish cakes
Dried and salted cod – otherwise known as Bacalhau – is a Portuguese mainstay, so it’s no surprise how commonplace it is in Macau. One particularly popular way of using the cod is to make a crispy fish cake, however, as the fish can be burned, roasted, braised or boiled, many restaurants serve it differently. Make sure you try it as many times, and in as many different forms as you can.
The Macanese love Galinha à African (African chicken) for its barbecued flavour and lip-smacking piri piri coating. The heat is added or removed according to taste, making it a great dish for both mild and spicy palates.