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An Asian Holiday: Part 8 – Egg Tarts & Other Delicacies in Macau

An Asian Holiday: Part 8 – Egg Tarts & Other Delicacies in Macau

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Emily Jablon:  Daraius and I celebrated Christmas in Macau and Hong Kong with his family for ~8 days.  It was our first time to Macau and Hong Kong and we were very excited to visit!

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If Daraius Really Wants to Look Like Santa, He’d Better Get Eating!

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An Asian Holiday: Part 8 – African Chicken, Egg Tarts, and Other Delicacies in Macau

This post will highlight several different restaurants we tried while in Macau, including:

1.   Grand Hyatt Lounge, Macau

We met for breakfast in the Grand Hyatt lounge.  Daraius is a Hyatt Diamond member so we got to eat for free in the lounge.

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A Delicious Spread of Baked Goods at the Grand Hyatt Lounge

I loved the contemporary design of the lounge.

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Lots of Comfortable Seating and Cushions

The lounge wasn’t terribly busy and it was easy to find somewhere to sit and eat.

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You Could Eat Breakfast While Sitting on the Sofas

There were breads, pastries, cheese, meats, eggs, sausage, bacon, pancakes, and waffles (freshly made to order).

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So Many Different Kinds of Bread and Pastries

Yogurt, cold cuts, fresh fruit, milk, and butter were stored in the refrigerator.

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Savory and Sweet Choices in the Refrigerator

You could also order dim sum.

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Dim Sum Breakfast:  Steamed Buns, Congee (Rice Porridge), and Rice Rolls
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Daraius Had Rice Rolls, Steamed Buns and Shrimp Dumplings

I had eggs with bacon and sausage, Sharon had pancakes, and Daraius and his dad had an assortment of dim sum.

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East Meets West:  Noodle Soup, Shrimp Rice Rolls, Steamed Buns, Cold Cuts, and Cheese
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You Could Choose Between Western Food and Traditional Chinese Delicacies

2.   McDonald’s

For lunch, we went to McDonald’s, where I ordered McWings, corn, french fries, and Honey Pear tea.  My meal was 43 Hong Kong dollars, or ~$6.  Here’s a link to the full menu.  I went to McDonald’s because it is safer for me to eat simple food and avoid fish.

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I Don’t Think They Serve Broccoli and Rice at McDonald’s Back Home (But Maybe They Should!)
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McDonald’s French Fries Are the Same Wherever You Go

The fries tasted just like they would in the US, and I loved the McWings!  I thought they were better than KFC wings, too.

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American McDonalds’ “Mighty Wings” Are “McWings” in Macau

I was surprised that the restaurant was so packed.

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The Locals Were “Lovin’ It” Too

3.   The Hotness, City of Dreams

Daraius and his dad were in the mood for Asian food, so they went to The Hotness, a Sichuan restaurant, in the City of Dreams complex.

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Like Father, Like Son:  Enjoying More Asian Delights

They ordered pork, fish, and dumplings.  They said the fish was some of the best they’ve had!

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Homemade Eels!

The food was just right for the two of them.

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The Pork Was Beautifully Plated and So Colorful

Each dish came out on an unusual serving platter or bowl.

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The Serving Dishes Were Interesting Shapes

The food was spicy and Daraius loved it!

4.   Koi Kei Bakery

We stopped for dessert at a Chinese bakery, called Koi Kei.  All over Macau, we saw people carrying large shopping bags from this shop, so we were eager to see what the fuss was all about.

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Koi Kei Bakery Is Practically a Macau Institution!  They Have 16 Locations

We each got a traditional egg tart, and they were delicious.

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The Portuguese Have Since Gone, but They Left Their Egg Tarts

The egg tarts were excellent, and fresh out of the oven.

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Daraius Liked the Burnt Sugar on Top

5.   Restaurante Litoral

For lunch on Christmas, we went to a traditional Macanese restaurant called Restaurante Litoral.

Macau was a Portuguese colony from 1557 to 1999, and Macanese food has a strong Portuguese influence.  Restaurante Litoral is famous for its traditional dishes and family recipes that have been passed on from generations ago.   The restaurant is even decorated like a Portuguese house!

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Litoral Means “To Face the Sea” in Portuguese

There was an extensive menu.  Main dishes were around 150 to 250 Hong Kong dollars, or ~$20 to ~$32.

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There Were Lots of Portuguese Dishes, Like Bacalhau and Grilled Sardines

There were chicken, beef, and fish dishes.

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All Kinds of Shellfish Prepared Different Ways

Daraius ordered minced beef…

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Minced Beef or “Minchi” Is Always Served With a Fried Egg and Rice

…shrimp and crab curry…

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The Shrimp and Crab Curry Was Topped With Quail Eggs

…African chicken…

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African Chicken or “Galinha a Africana” Is One of Macau’s Signature Dishes

…and baked garlic shrimp.  The shrimp was overpriced and we wouldn’t get it again.

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The Garlic Shrimp Were Enormous!

Daraius really enjoyed the curry, while Daraius’ dad liked the African chicken.

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Daraius Still Has Some Work to Do

For dessert, we had biscuit mousse, which tasted like crushed graham crackers in a vanilla mousse.  It was really good!

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The Biscuit Mousse Was Light and Refreshing

We also shared a bottle of vinho verde, a Portuguese wine, that was delicious!

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Mr. and Mrs. Claus Enjoyed Some Portuguese Wine

6.   Dinner at the Grand Hyatt Lounge

For dinner on Christmas, we went to the Grand Hyatt lounge.  The lounge had both Chinese and Western food.

There was chicken satay to beef sliders, freshly made on the grill…

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You Could Order Grilled Meats

…to sun dried tomato quiches and salad.

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Lighter Fare Like Quiche and Shrimp Salad in Glasses

There was fruit, cheese, and pastries.

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You Could Eat Healthy, or Indulge Your Sweet Tooth

There was also dim sum, desserts, and cold cuts.

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The Rich Desserts Caught Daraius’ Attention

We had quite a feast!  The highlight of dinner was Christmas carols sung by a choir…

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A Performance by a Local Choir Made Dinner Very Festive

and a surprise visit from Santa…

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Santa Asked If We’d Been Naughty or Nice

…where we were given gifts from him!

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Nice, of Course!  Santa Gave Us Some Cute Presents

7.   Street Food

Everywhere you go, people are drinkingand eating.  So why not join them!

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In Macau, Eating is a National Pastime

It was easy to find food that was familiar, like BBQ chicken and fish.

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Most Menus Had Chinese and English Translations

Daraius tried a bunch of different treats.  There was so much to choose from.

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Daraius Enjoyed Sampling the Street Food

Not everything was translated into English.

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Sometimes You Had to Look at the Pictures to Figure Out the Menu

We weren’t sure what some of these items were, but they looked pretty good!

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Fish Balls, Meat Balls, Mystery Balls, Crab Claws, Sausages, and Pretty Much Anything Else on a Stick

Some of the food advertising was questionable.

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Deciding If “Beef Offal” is Appetizing or Not!

8.   Food Courts

Everywhere you go, people are eating.

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The Food Courts Were Often Jam-Packed With Locals

The food court at The Venetian, across from the Grand Hyatt, was busy at all hours of the day.  There was food from all over Asia in the food court and at very reasonable prices!

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The Macanese Truly Seem to Enjoy Their Food

Bottom Line

We were amazed at the variety of foods available in Macau.  You can definitely see the Portuguese influence in traditional Macanese food.

All of our meals were tasty and delicious.  Even McDonald’s has unusual items you don’t see in the US.

If you think we ate a lot in Macau, wait until you see what we ate in Hong Kong!

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I was in Hong Kong and Macao the same time as you! And I got there on free miles I learned from your website!

what kind camera you used?

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@Vince – Nice to know!

@Ken – Both rooms were in the club tower with access to the lounge, so we were all able to get into the lounge. There was no charge for the evening dinner, either.

@ peter – We use a cannon S100 & Nikon D5000.

those shrimp are intimidating

Did everyone in your party eat breakfast at the Hyatt for free? I thought that benefit only extended to those in your room only. Also, was the dinner in the Hyatt lounge also a Diamond benefit?

I’m from Macao…

Just wanted to say ‘beef offal’ in Macao/China is just like ‘John’s Burger’ in the US. It just means it’s a food vendor.

Decades ago people were poor and beef offal stew was once a popular snack, and now a beef offal places sell a lot more.