Macau is a great destination for fun and also for food. From Portuguese egg tarts to sawdust pudding cake, Young Post sampled six popular street eats during a one-day trip to the territory. Here’s what we thought of the cheap treats.
Of course, no trip to Macau is complete without having a Portuguese egg tart. You can expect a long queue at Lord Stow’s Bakery where the tarts come fresh out of the oven, but the wait will be worth it. Each bite is a perfect balance between the flaky puff pastry and caramelised egg custard filling.
Best place to get it: Lord Stow’s Bakery, Rua do Cunha, 9-E, Pak Hung, G/F, Taipa
Price: 9 patacas (HK$8.80)
A lot of Hongkongers love this dessert for its interesting texture. The steamed milk is silky smooth with a thin, wrinkly layer of “milk skin” on top. Though the dessert first came from Guangdong, the cafe that is most famous for making it, Yee Shun Milk Company, is originally from Macau – so it’s a must try while you’re there.
Best place to get it: Yee Shun Milk Company, 381 Av. de Almeida Ribeiro
Price: 34 patacas (HK$33)
If you’re a fan of durian, you’ve got to try the D24 durian ice cream from Gelatina Mok Yi Kei. D24 is a variety of durian popular for its bitter-sweet taste. The smell might make you think twice about tasting it but the flavour is surprisingly not very strong. The ice cream has a really icy texture, which was another pleasant surprise.
Best place to get it: Gelatina Mok Yi Kei, Rua do Cunha, Taipa Village
Price: 38 patacas (HK$37)
Don’t worry, it’s not actual sawdust. That’s just what the crumbed Marie biscuits on top of the whipped cream look like. Sawdust pudding, or Macau pudding, can be found in many dessert stores across the territory. But if you’re looking for something even more special, try the Sawdust pudding CAKE from the Bitter Sweet cafe. Don’t be alarmed if the cake is super hard; once you put it in your mouth, the frozen cream will melt over your tongue.
Best place to get it: Bitter Sweet, Rua do Cunha, No 92, R/C, Taipa
Price: 56 patacas (HK$54.50)
This is one of Macau’s signature cheap eats. These pork chop buns are handed to you straight out of the oven so you might find it hard to hold the bun for more than five seconds but that wouldn’t stop you from taking a bite. The bun is nice and crispy (it can be a little messy, but I’m not complaining) and the pork chop is juicy and not too thick.
Best place to get it: Tai Lei Loi Kei, 35 Rua Correia da Silva, Taipa
Price: 38 patacas (HK$37)
If you’re looking for something nice and hot to munch on this winter, then get your hands on a black pepper pork pie from Dai Gwan. You’ll feel its warmth as soon as the vendor passes it to you. After taking the first bite (Be careful, it’s piping hot!), a fragrant cloud of steam will escape from the bun. The pork filling has the perfect amount of spices to warm you up inside.
Best place to get it: Dai Gwan, 1 Rua do Monte
Price: 18 patacas (HK$17.50)