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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!
An Asian Holiday – Trip Report Index:
- Part 1 – Using Miles and Points to Get to India And Hong Kong
- Part 2 – Etihad Lounge in Washington, DC
- Part 3 – Using Miles for Two $8,000 First Class Seats to Mumbai, India
- Part 4 – By Air and Sea – Cathay First Class to Hong Kong, Ferry to Macau
- Part 5 – A Free Stay in a ~$360 Per Night Suite at the Grand Hyatt Macau
- Part 6 – A Surprise Trip to the Panda Pavilion, Street Entertainment, and a Historic Walking Tour
- Part 7 – Historic Sites, Street Food & a Show in Macau
- Part 8 – Egg Tarts & Other Delicacies in Macau
- Part 9 – Our Free Stay at the Conrad Hong Kong
- Part 10 – Spectacular View of Hong Kong From Victoria Peak & the Amazing Symphony of Lights
- Part 11 – Hong Kong Walking Tour of Shops, Flowers, and More
- Part 12 – The Best Gnocchi Emily’s Had in Her Entire Life and Other Meals in Hong Kong
- Part 13 – From Fine Dining to Food Stalls, Eating in Hong Kong
- Part 14 – Sipping Champagne in the Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge, Hong Kong
- Part 15 – Cathay Pacific First Class from Hong Kong to the US
- Part 16 – Conclusion and Blog Giveaway
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:
- Breakfast in the Grand Hyatt lounge
- Hotness in the City of Dreams complex
- Koi Kei Chinese bakery
- Restaurante Litoral for Macanese food
- Dinner in the Grand Hyatt lounge
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.
I loved the contemporary design of the lounge.
The lounge wasn’t terribly busy and it was easy to find somewhere to sit and eat.
There were breads, pastries, cheese, meats, eggs, sausage, bacon, pancakes, and waffles (freshly made to order).
Yogurt, cold cuts, fresh fruit, milk, and butter were stored in the refrigerator.
You could also order dim sum.
I had eggs with bacon and sausage, Sharon had pancakes, and Daraius and his dad had an assortment of dim sum.
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.
The fries tasted just like they would in the US, and I loved the McWings! I thought they were better than KFC wings, too.
I was surprised that the restaurant was so packed.
3. The Hotness, City of Dreams
They ordered pork, fish, and dumplings. They said the fish was some of the best they’ve had!
The food was just right for the two of them.
Each dish came out on an unusual serving platter or bowl.
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.
We each got a traditional egg tart, and they were delicious.
The egg tarts were excellent, and fresh out of the oven.
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!
There was an extensive menu. Main dishes were around 150 to 250 Hong Kong dollars, or ~$20 to ~$32.
There were chicken, beef, and fish dishes.
Daraius ordered minced beef…
…shrimp and crab curry…
…and baked garlic shrimp. The shrimp was overpriced and we wouldn’t get it again.
Daraius really enjoyed the curry, while Daraius’ dad liked the African chicken.
For dessert, we had biscuit mousse, which tasted like crushed graham crackers in a vanilla mousse. It was really good!
We also shared a bottle of vinho verde, a Portuguese wine, that was delicious!
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…
…to sun dried tomato quiches and salad.
There was fruit, cheese, and pastries.
There was also dim sum, desserts, and cold cuts.
We had quite a feast
! The highlight of dinner was Christmas carols sung by a choir…
and a surprise visit from Santa…
…where we were given gifts from him!
7. Street Food
Everywhere you go, people are drinkingand eating. So why not join them!
It was easy to find food that was familiar, like BBQ chicken and fish.
Daraius tried a bunch of different treats. There was so much to choose from.
Not everything was translated into English.
We weren’t sure what some of these items were, but they looked pretty good!
Some of the food advertising was questionable.
8. Food Courts
Everywhere you go, people are eating.
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!
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!