The Must-Try Macau Street Foods & Local Snacks

Did you know that Macau is listed by UNESCO as a  Creative City of Gastronomy? It’s an often ignored fact, with all the big-budget advertising by the casinos luring people to their palatial offerings that Macau is actually a foodie heaven with its own rich cuisine and amazing culinary diversity that meshes east and west. There are few places where you will find this kind of successful fusion, nearby Hong Kong is one example, although Macau is completely unique in its offerings and diversity.

Here in Macau, you can explore the local Macanese cuisine (an unimaginable fusion of the South East Asian, European, and African), Portuguese cuisine, Hong Kong/Cantonese cuisine, Chinese regional cuisines, and both Western European/American cuisine. It truly is a cultural and culinary melting pot that is becoming richer and richer by the day.

Let’s explore just some of that with the top street foods, snacks, and local foods in Macau and restaurants where to find them.

Minchi

The national dish. A simple but magical mix of stir-fried minced beef or pork, diced potatoes, onions, Worcestershire sauce, and topped with an egg if you choose.

From:

  • Riquexo, Songbo Village – 69 Av. de Sidonio Pais
  • A Vencendora – 264 Rua do Campo, Macau
  • Sab 8 Café Macaense – GF, 10 Patio De Chon Sau, Macau

 

Macanese Chilli Shrimps
Fresh fried shrimps that are stuffed with red chili, shallot, garlic, and parsley in a white wine and garlic sauce.

  • Restaurante Litoral, R/C, 261-A Rua do Almirante Sergio

 

African Chicken

Another national dish, that is a Macanese version of curry chicken, think grilled chicken with a slightly sweet, spiced coconut gravy.

From

  • Restaurante Litoral, R/C, 261-A Rua do Almirante Sergio
  • Henri’s Galley, 4 G-H. AV. Da Republica R/C, Macau

 

Serradura aka sawdust pudding

A cream and condensed milk based dessert that’s layered and topped with crumbled Marie biscuit.

From

  • Gelatina Mok Yi Kei, 9A Rua da Cunha, Vila de Taipa or Bitter Sweet, Rua do Cunha, No 92, R/C, Taipa

 

Crab porridge

Rice porridge, or congee, plus abundant pieces or crab meat. A winner for sure.

From:

  • Seng Cheong Restaurant (城昌饭店) – 28-30 Rua do Cunha, Vila de Taipa
  • Ngao Kei Ka Lei Chon (牛记咖喱美食)- Edificio Iat Fat, R. de Cinco de Outubro, Macau
  • Wong Kun Sio Kung –  Broadway Food Street, Broadway Macau

 

Portuguese Sausage

A cured sausage that blends pork loin, pork belly, olive oil, salt, garlic, onion, red pepper, and paprika.

From:

  • Dom Galo – 32 Avenida Sir Anders Ljungstedt, Macau Peninsula
  • Antonio – 7 Rua dos Clerigos, Taipa Village
  • Castico – Rua Direita Carlos Eugenio 65B, Macau

 

Caldo Verde

A Portuguese soup dish that combines potatoes, collard greens, olive oil, and salt.

From:

  • Restaurante Litoral, R/C, 261-A Rua do Almirante Sergio
  • Antonio – 7 Rua dos Clerigos, Taipa Village
  • Espaco Lisboa – 8 Rua dos Gaivotas, Coloane

 

Shrimp Roe Noodles
Noodles sprinkled with shrimp roe.

  • Wong Chi Kei Congee & Noodle – 17 Largo do Senado
  • Wong Kun Sio Kung –  Broadway Food Street, Broadway Macau

 

Bacalhau Salted Cod Fritters
Golden brown croquettes that are a mix of salted cod, mashed potato, onion, egg, and parsley.

From

  • Restaurante Fernando, Praia de Hac Sa, No 9, Coloane
  • António, Rua dos Clerigos No. 7, Old Taipa Village, Taipa
  • Espaco Lisboa – 8 Rua dos Gaivotas, Coloane

 

Portuguese Seafood Rice

Think lobster, shrimp, mussels, rice, white wine, coriander, and spices all simmered to perfection. Yum.

From:

  • A Lorcha – Av. Almirante Sergio, no. 289 AA, G/F – Macau
  • Portugalia Portuguese Restaurant – 5 R. dos Mercadores, Taipa
  • Albergue 1601 – 8 Calcada da Igreja de S. LazaroMacau

 

Portuguese Egg Tarts

Try and eat just one, go on.

From:

  • Lord Stow’s Bakery 1 Rua do Tassara, Coloane
  • Margaret’s Cafe e Nata Kam Loi Building, 17B Rua do Comandante Mata e Oliveira, Avenida ee Almeida Ribeiro
  • Cafe Ou Mun  澳門咖啡 G/F, Block A, 12 Travessa de Sao Domingo

 

Pork Chop Bun

It sounds too simple, a bun with a pork chop in it? But, get a good one and OMG.

From

  • Sei Kee Cafe, G/F, Edf Cheong Son, 7-15 Patio Da Palha, Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro
  • Tai Lei Loi Kei, 35 Rua Correia da Silva, Taipa

 

Almond Cookies

Some label it a powdery and dry biscuit thing, and wonder what’s all the fuss about? Yes, you are buying a story with a long history.

From

  • Fong Kei -14 Rua do Cunha, Taipa
  • Pastelaria Chui Heong – G/F, Block A, 12B R. do Gamboa
  • Koi Kei Bakery – Edificio Hang Fai, 28 R. de São Paulo
  • Koi Kei Bakery – Rua Felicidade 70-72,R/C, Macau

 

 

 

Ice Cream Sandwich

Three different ice creams in between wafers, and it comes in a cool box.

From:

  • Lai Kei Ice Cream 禮記雪糕 – 12 Av. do Conselheiro Ferreira de Almeida

 

Chinese Food

 

Dim Sum

Dim Sum is quintessential Cantonese cuisine and if you are not traveling on to Hong Kong or to Guangdong province on the mainland then it’s a must do.

From:

  • Tou Tou Koi 陶陶居海鮮火鍋酒家 – G/F, 6-8 Travessa do Mastro, Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro
  • Jade Garden 蘇浙匯 – 6/F, Starworld Hotel
  • Long Wa Teahouse – 3 R. Norte do Mercado Alm. Lacerda, Macau

 

Dragon Beard Candy

A sweet chewy cotton candy filled with shredded coconut, peanut,

From:

  • Yeng Kee Bakery in Broadway Macau
  • Yu Kei Dragon Beard Candy – Village Mall, Level 3, Rua do Campo, Macau

 

Double-boiled Milk Pudding

A Cantonese favorite that is also popular in Macau, simple steamed milk pudding that also has other variants including ginger milk pudding.

From:

  • Yee Shun Milk Company, 381 Av. de Almeida Ribeiro

 

Bakkwa aka Meat jerky

Chinese salty-sweet dried meat similar to jerky. You’ll see stalls selling this everywhere is touristy areas and it comes in many variants.

From

  • Koi Kei Bakery – Edificio Hang Fai, 28 R. de São Paulo, Macau
  • Koi Kei Bakery – Rua Felicidade 70-72,R/C, Macau
  • Bee Cheng Hiang – Shop 304 Mask Street, Shoppes At Venetian

 

Seaweed pork floss rolls

There are several different styles, sometimes with the seaweed wrapped around the roll, sometimes as flakes mixed together with the dough. Pork floss, dried super fine shredded pork, lines the insides.

  • Koi Kei Bakery – Edificio Hang Fai, 28 R. de São Paulo, Macau
  • Koi Kei Bakery – Rua Felicidade 70-72,R/C, Macau
  • Choi Heong Yuen Bakery – Rua de S. Paulo 28 號 Edificio Hang Fai

 

Wonton noodles and Dumplings

Another Cantonese staple, a clear chicken broth soup filled with noodles and dumplings, or just dumplings.

From:

  • Wong Chi Kei 黃枝記粥麵 Travessa de Cinco de Outubro 51, R/C, Macau.

 

Curry Beef Brisket Noodles

Slow cooked and oh so tender beef brisket with curry noodles is popular across the region and HK.

From

  • Dip Kei Curry Noodles 叠記咖喱美食
  • Estab De Comidas Ngao Keo Ka Lei Chon 牛記咖喱美食 G/F, 1 Rua de Cinco de Outubro Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro

 

Bonus Tip

Don’t miss the Macau Food Festival held yearly in November

 

Bonus Tip 2: Do Visit Macau’s Snack Streets

  • Rua de S. Paulo, Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro aka San Ma Lo
  • Rua da Felicidade
  • Travessa do Auto Novo near Senado Square
  • Rua do Cunha in Taipa Village
  • Broadway Food Street for a modern interpretation