Culinary delights of Macau

Sunday morning. After a long night at the Lusofonia festival, we started the day in search of some local, comfort food.

We didn’t have to go very far. From our hotel on the Cotai Strip, we took a cab to the sleepy fishing village of Coloane. The cabbie dropped us off at the town square and we strolled into Lord Stowe’s bakery.

The bakery doesn’t look like much but this is the hallowed ground where Englishman Andrew Stowe recreated the Portuguese pasteis de nata (egg tart pastry) in the late-80s. And like they say, the rest is history.

Lord Stowe's Bakery, Macau

Thousands of pieces of the world famous pastry are baked here every morning.

We stood in line and watched as the bakery employees rushed to prepare the day’s orders. We bought a box of egg tarts and found a cozy bench on the promenade to savour the delicacy.

Egg Tarts, Macau

One bite and I was in pastry heaven! The flaky pastry just melted, making way for the custard filling which was light and oh-so-tantalizingly sweet. The torching of the crust gave it a delicious, caramelized flavour. I would make a trip to Macau just for this!

‘Lord’ Andrew Stow is no longer around but I’m sure he is smiling among the stars whenever an egg tart rookie lands at his bakery’s doorstep.

With our craving (and curiosity) satiated, we walked along Coloane’s quaint promenade, admiring the old-world houses and the rustic mosaic designs on the pavement. Coloane is a beautiful fusion of Chinese and Portuguese influences, symbolic of today’s Macanese society.

Coloane promenade, Macau

Soon, it was lunchtime and there was only one place to go. We took a cab to Hac Sa beach (black sand beach) and headed to Fernando’s, the Portuguese eatery that has become a Macau landmark. While we waited for a table to become available, we sat in the garden area sipping sangria and enjoying the homely atmosphere.

Once seated inside, hubby had a tough time deciding what to order from the elaborate menu. While we debated our choices, a basket of freshly baked bread (pao) was placed on our table. The aroma of the hot pao made us salivate.

Pao, Fernando's, Macau

Hubby would have loved to sample the entire menu but settled for the suckling, chorizo and beef stew.

Suckling, Fernando's, Macau

A serving of scrumptious Malasadas (or Portuguese donuts) rounded up this divine meal.

Malasadas, Fernando's, Macau

With a weekend well-spent, it was time to leave Macau. A few hours hours later, we boarded a speedboat and made our way to Hong Kong, the city of skyscrapers.

Obrigada Macau!

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10 responses to “Culinary delights of Macau

  1. Those egg tarts! 🙂 I didn’t get to try Fernando’s when I was in Macau. I wish I’d known about it before. This post will be a helpful guide to anyone planning to visit Macau for sure. Happy travels to you and your hubby! 🙂

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  2. Makes me hungry…

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  3. Excellent blog! My stomach is rumbling looking those delicious Portuguese tarts. I also did the whale watching in Kaikoura – wasn’t it awesome?! Thanks for following http://www.backpackingbella.com and happy travels with your hubby!

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    • No Roads Barred

      Thanks for your kind words, Claire! 🙂

      Yes whale watching in Kaikoura was ah-mazing! It changed my life and I’ve been a cetacean activist ever since. Happy travels to you too! Maybe we can travel together some time.

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  4. the food looks divine!

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  5. Annelise

    Macau….. I loved to read the signs in Portuguese….. I felt a little at home: Brazil! And did you try the bolinho de bacalhau ( cod fish balls)? Hummmmm…. 😄

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    • No Roads Barred

      Macau was lovely! Reminded me so much of Goa back in India. I don’t think we tried the bolinho de bacalhau but will definitely do so the next time we are there. Thanks for the suggestion 🙂

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