Turning Macanese

Macau

In the 16th and 17th centuries, Portugal established international trade routes to the East, paving the way for merchants to carry spices from Africa, India, and Malacca to Macau. The Portuguese also settled in the region, intermarrying with the locals and injecting Western traditions to the Chinese culture. Among the biggest influences of Portugal in Macau is reflected in Macanese cuisine—an original fusion food. Largely based on fresh seafood, Macanese cuisine marries Portuguese recipes, Chinese cooking techniques, and various spices to create flavorful dishes. Go through our list to savor Macau’s classic dishes, from “Bacalhau” (cod fish) to egg tarts, at food joints that have stood the test of time to be indispensable to Macanese lives.

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Riquexo Café

利多澳门餐

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Macau, China, People's Republic • Recommendation • 

Find Macanese cuisine at its most authentic at Riquexo Café. The canteen-style restaurant serves traditional family recipes handed down from the “unofficial godmother of Macanese cuisine,” 102-year-old Aida de Jesus who continues to to run the business. Enjoy a plate of “Minchi” (fried pork and potato dish), one of Macau’s national dishes, as you peruse through photos of old Macau adorned on Riquexo Café’s walls.

  • +853 2856 5655
  • Avenida Sidonio Pais, N°69, Macau
    澳門士多鳥拜斯大馬路69

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Tai Lei Loi Kei (Taipa Village)

大利來記咖啡室

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Macau, China, People's Republic • Recommendation • 

Along a nondescript alley in Taipa Village, Tai Lei Loi Kei dishes out a favorite Macanese comfort food—pork chop buns. The popular local snack consists of a large marinated bone-in pork chop sandwiched between crispy yet chewy baguette-like Portuguese buns. Tai Lei Loi Kei’s pork chop buns have satisfied Macanese bellies since opening over 50 years ago. In the 1960’s, the restaurant supplied the formerly impoverished Taipa with 200 pork chop buns every day to help the Macau Municipal Council of the Islands tide the population over.

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Fat Siu Lau

佛笑樓大餐廳

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Macau, China, People's Republic • Recommendation • 

Fat Siu Lau owes its success to its flavorful Macanese dishes, particularly the “Shek Ki Superb Roasted Pigeon,” a traditional roast pigeon. The dish’ legendary marinade is inspired by a 100-year-old recipe that has been highly guarded by the founding family. More than a century ago, Won Man Sing established Fat Siu Lau in a two-storey wooden building on Trav. Do Matadouro before expanding and relocating to its present home in Rua de Felicidade—Macau’s historical red light district.

  • +853 2857 3580
  • Rua da Felicidade corner Travessa Do Mastro, N°64, Macau
    新馬路福隆新街64號地舖

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Solmar

沙利文餐廳

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Macau, China, People's Republic • Recommendation • 

At the heart of Macau, Solmar fills appetites with their classic Macanese dishes, particularly the “Galinha à portuguesa” (Portuguese for Portuguese Chicken), a chicken curry dish in coconut sauce. Founded in 1961, Solmar started as an exclusive club for elite politicians and businessmen. Word of their scrumptious menu trickled to the public and, due to popular demand, the joint opened its doors to everyone, solidifying itself as a Macanese food institution.

  • +853 2857 4391
  • Travessa da Praia Grande, Ground Floor & Middle Floor N°8-10 Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro, Macau
    新馬路南灣街8-10號地下和閣樓

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Restaurante Litoral

海灣餐廳

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Macau, China, People's Republic • Recommendation • 

Dubbed as the “spiritual home of Macanese cuisine,” Restaurante Litoral has staked its claim as one of the best joints in town for “Galinha à africana” (Portuguese for African Chicken)—Macau’s favorite dish. Smell the delectable aroma of chicken coated in peanuts, tomatoes, and chili sauce before the vibrant fare hits your table. On cold days, grab a go-to bowl of “Tacho,” a Macanese stew of pork knuckles, tamarind, and shrimp paste that pleasantly surprises your palate with a complex yet well-balanced fusion of flavors.

  • +853 2896 7878
  • Rua do Almirante Sergio, 261A, Macau
    下環河邊新街261A地舖

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Lord Stow's Bakery (Coloane Town Square)

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Macau, China, People's Republic • Recommendation • 

Head on over to Lord Stow’s Bakery—the creator of Portuguese egg tarts—for your fix of the sweet, creamy dessert hybrid that Macau is famous for! Englishman Andrew Stow began Lord Stow’s Bakery on Coloane Island, Macau in 1989. His European goods were well-received by the locals, inspiring him to create a pastry based on the “Pasteis de Nata” (Portuguese egg custard tart). “Andrew’s Egg Tarts” catapulted the business and soon after, the delicacy reached beyond the territory to gratify a faithful worldwide following.

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Cozinha Pinocchio

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Macau, China, People's Republic • Recommendation • 

The bright yellow multi-storey edifice of present-day Cozinha Pinocchio may be a far cry from its humble beginning as an open-air eatery behind a small alley near Taipa Village, but the quality flavors of its European dishes continue to enchant local and foreign diners. Pair Cozinha Pinocchio’s renowned “Curry Crab” (fresh crabs in spicy coconut stew) with a curated wine from their expansive vino selection, and see why one of the first Western joints in Macau thrives until today!

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A Vencedora

坤記餐室

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Macau, China, People's Republic • Recommendation • 

It may surprise you but family-run A Vencedora, a dominantly Portuguese-influenced restaurant, is managed by a brood without an ounce of Lusophone blood! The current owner’s grandmother curated the menu based on her encounters with an employer from Lisbon. An unpretentious eatery on Rua do Campo, A Vencedora only has a few items on their menu, but all of their home-style dishes will keep your mouth watering for more! Must-tries at A Vencedora include their “Feijoada” (beef, pork, and bean stew) and “Bitoque” (beef steak with fries and egg).

  • +853 2835 5460
  • Rua Do Campo, N°264, Macau
    澳門新馬路水坑尾街264號地下

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Koi Kei Bakery

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Macau, China, People's Republic • Recommendation • 

Starting as a cart selling only ginger candy and crunchy peanuts, Koi Kei Bakery opened its first shop in 1977 and pioneered a system of creating orders upon customers’ requests. Today, Koi Kei Bakery is famous for their “Almond Cakes” (almond biscuits), a popular Macanese delicacy usually taken as a food souvenir. Apart from the traditional snacks, Koi Kei Bakery also innovates and sells new varieties of Macanese pastries such as their “Golden Twist Pastry” (twist bread) and “Seasoned Orange Peel Cake” (donut-like pastry with orange filling).

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O Santos Comida Portuguesa

山度士葡式餐廳

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Macau, China, People's Republic • Recommendation • 

Opened in 1989, O Santos Comida Portuguesa has captured the hearts of locals and tourists alike with its home-style Portuguese cuisine from the Alentejo region. Say hi to the restaurant’s original owner as you enter a state of nostalgia triggered by the old-fashion decor. Take your cue from O Santos Comida Portuguesa’s regulars and order beloved Portuguese dishes such as the “Salada de Polvo” (octopus salad), “Pastéis de Bacalhau com Arroz” (cod fish balls and rice), and "Arroz de Pato no Forno" (baked duck rice).

  • +853 2882 5594
  • Rua do Cunha, N°20, Taipa, Macau
    氹仔舊城區官也街20號

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