Classic Macau restaurants: Lord Stow's Bakery sells famed Portuguese egg tarts
Andrew Stow is forever immortalised in the history of colonial Asian pastries by his Macau-based brand, Lord Stow's Bakery, where he developed his famed Portuguese egg tarts, or pasteis de nata.
"In 1984, Andrew formed his own health food company, but it was 20 years ahead of its time. To support his fledgling company he took a second job at Macau's Hyatt. Being the only English guy there, the local Portuguese dubbed him 'Lord Stow', as he was lording it over them. It was a nickname that stuck," says Eileen Stow, Andrew's sister, who has been running the business with his daughter Audrey since his death in 2006.
"The health food business led to his idea for a bakery, as the only product in demand at the time was flour that Western folk could use to make decent bread," she says. He opened his first bakery in Coloane in 1989, where it remains today.
"Wanting to please the local Portuguese with one of their national favourites, Andrew created his own pastel de nata recipe," says Eileen.
"Traditional pasteis de nata were served in high Portuguese circles back then, but never for the public in a street-side bakery." Today, they have franchises in Japan and the Philippines, an exclusive licence with The Excelsior in Hong Kong, and five outlets in Macau.
Eileen says, "We were never anxious to conquer the world. Audrey and I are united in our wish to keep things safe and cosy."
Lord Stow's Bakery, 1 Rua da Tassara, Coloane, Macau, tel: +853 2888 2534. (Also available at EXpresso, Lobby, The Excelsior, 281 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, tel: 2837 6777)