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Must Have Macao Sweet Treats! Portuguese tart, which is the best?

 

Macao Sweet Treats! Portuguese tart, which is the best?

 

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Macau egg tarts. They aren’t exactly quite “news” anymore but a visit to Macao must have egg tarts on the itinerary. Macau egg tarts were initially and commonly considered a Portuguese import, with Lord Stow being one of the early names for egg when it comes to Macao Portuguese tart. Today, it is probably most iconic version of sweet treat in Macao. The recent trip to Macao with the Macao Tourism Malaysia got me learning so much more about this little sweet treat.

 

Why egg tart and not custard tart? I read somewhere it was due to lacking a direct translation for “custard” into Chinese, hence according to the couple who contributed most to this signature sweet treat of Macao, they just called them egg tarts from when they first started the business at Lord Stow’s first bakery. Chinese customers then, needing a way to distinguish them from the British-style custard tarts, the ones with a short crust (still made in Hong Kong), started calling them ‘Portuguese’ egg tarts, creating a confusing taxonomy that persists to this day.

 

After their separation, both Lord Stow’s and Margarete’s still bakes to locals and tourist on a daily basis. To say or declare either one as the best egg tart wouldn’t do either party any justice. After all, taste profiles are subjective and if any of the answer is as important, I would say let’s look at the years of dedication and what both has contributed to the growth of tourism Macao. With the birth of this pastry treat, and the effort put into continuing the legacy, it is safe to say that Portuguese Egg Tart is synonymous with one of what defines Macao (or at least, the tourism of Macao).

 

2.Macao Portuguese Tart at Lord Stow original bakery 3.Macao Portuguese Tart at Lord Stow original bakery

Photography is not allowed but I had a gentle nod when asked if I can shoot. Thanks for being so accommodative.
7.Macao Portuguese Tart at Lord Stow original bakeryLord Stow’s Original Shop

 

4.Margaret's Café e Nata Macao, Authentic Portuguese Egg Tart 3.Margaret's Café e Nata Macao, Authentic Portuguese Egg Tart

2.Margaret's Café e Nata Macao, Authentic Portuguese Egg TartThe Crazy line outside Margaret’s Cafe e Nata

 

Modern version of Portuguese tart may present themselves in assortment of flavours but one that is most epic has got to be this one, unnecessarily with bird nest on it. 壹燕糖甜品 (Yī yàn táng tiánpǐn ) does egg tart with a dollop of bird nest on it. This solidified saliva and are particularly prized in specifically the Chinese culture due to the rarity and supposedly nutritional value. The texture is almost insignificant, let alone the flavour profile. Had this during out Food Hunt organised by the MGTO (Malaysia) .

 

18.(壹燕糖甜品) – Bird Nest egg tart
19.(壹燕糖甜品) – Bird Nest egg tart Macau

 

A trip to Macau is not complete without having some egg tarts, I highly recommend the original tart and that you try them both and decide which one you like best. But before planning on that, you might want to take note that KFC’s egg tart had their recipe from Margarete herself! That’s right… go google that up! If you’ve tried the KFC’s egg tart, then you might have already tried Margarete’s recipe.

 

If anyone is keen to bake your own egg tart in Macao, Le Cesar is where you can sign up for your Portuguese tart workshop. I baked my first Macao Portuguese egg tart here too! Read about it here: https://wp.me/p1tyh7-2d7
14.Making Portuguese Egg Tart with Portuguese Chef in Macao before an authentic Portuguese meal at Le Cesar (old Taipa)
11.Portuguese meal at Le Cesar (old Taipa)I made my first Portuguese tart in Macao!

 

Also check out all the other food places I’ve reviewed with #sycookiesxMacao . Food places I have covered in Macao is also pinned on Gastronomy Macao map , so this hopefully would be a great help for reference for anyone planning on a Macao food trip.

 

Lord Stow’s first bakery is located at:
Address: 1 Rua do Tassara, Coloane Town Square, Macau
Tel: (+853) 2888 2534
Opening Hours:
Open Daily 7am – 10pm
https://www.lordstow.com
Tel: (+853) 2888 2534
GPS: 22.1181731,113.549123

 

Margaret’s Cafe e Nata is located at
Address: Gum Loi Building, 17, Rua Alm Costa Cabral,
Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro, Macau
Tel: (853) 2871 0032
Monday – Thursday, 8:30am–4:30pm
Saturday, 10am–6pm
Closed on Wednesday
GPS: 22.1917982,113.539679

 

壹燕糖甜品 (Yī yàn táng tiánpǐn ) is located at:
Address: 1 R. da Felicidade, Macau
Tel: +853 6660 2916
Open Daily : 12-11pm
GPS: 22.1936883,113.5380083

 

Book your Egg tart workshop at Le Cesar at:
Address: 300 Rua Direita Carlos Eugénio, Chun Weng Kok, G/F – Old Taipa, Macau.
Reservations: +853 2857 6682
Parking: Street and new large public car park (2 minutes walk)
Hours: Monday to Friday: 12:00 – 15:00. 18:00 – 23:00. Saturday and Sunday: 12:00 – 23:00.
Social Media: www.instagram.com/lecesaroldtaipa
GPS: 2.153535,113.55825
Blogged about my workshop here: https://wp.me/p1tyh7-2d7
Other food places I have covered in Macao is also pinned on Gastronomy Macao map , so this hopefully would be a great help for reference for anyone planning on a Macao food trip. Those struggling with Chinese and Portuguese like I do when planning a trip to Macao, you are welcome- navigating in Macau without these two languages was a pain for me! Now this would be so much easier, these places were all blogged HERE

 

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Margaret’s Café e Nata Macao, Authentic Portuguese Egg Tart

Margaret’s Café e Nata Macao. Are they any good or better than Lord Stow’s ? Who wins the battle of Macao Portuguese Egg Tart?

 

1.Margaret's Café e Nata Macao, Authentic Portuguese Egg Tart

 

Macau egg tarts were initially and commonly considered a Portuguese import, with Lord Stow being one of the early names for egg when it comes to Macao Portuguese tart. Another famous egg tart seller, often linked in many posts as battle and showdown of both recipes as to who bakes the best Portuguese tart, is at the Margaret’s Cafe. Both Margaret and Stow are friendly competitors. Once married, the two used to operate Lord Stow’s Bakery. It is no surprise she will forever be Lord Stows ex wife whenever anyone go into intensive egg tart debate. This in my opinion doesn’t do Margaret much justice. Margaret’s Café e Nata should be best known for her own effort when it comes to Portuguese egg tart instead of her love life.
I personally enjoy Margaret’s because the brulee on Lord Stows were simply too overwhelming for my liking. The line though… That I did not enjoy. Fortunately, it was fast moving and having a good company to queue can be a good idea, except that would also make the line seemed endlessly long, which isn’t too great for everyone else. Oh well… I am sometimes selfish and I admit it. LOL!

 

2.Margaret's Café e Nata Macao, Authentic Portuguese Egg Tart
3.Margaret's Café e Nata Macao, Authentic Portuguese Egg Tart
4.Margaret's Café e Nata Macao, Authentic Portuguese Egg Tart

 

Freshly baked at a very quick pace and flaky buttery delicious with a good ratio of custard and light crispy brulee on top, is a must when visiting Macao. There is always a queue and it is all part of the experience when travelling to Macao. This month is exceptionally gorgeous with light breeze and slight cooling temperature- best to stroll around and chill with these freshly baked bites of delicious sweet treats.

 

Margaret’s Cafe e Nata is located at
Address: Gum Loi Building, 17, Rua Alm Costa Cabral,
Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro, Macau
Tel: (853) 2871 0032
Monday – Thursday, 8:30am–4:30pm
Saturday, 10am–6pm
Closed on Wednesday
GPS: 22.1917982,113.539679

 

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Never Ending Story with Just Heavenly, Pen Gallery and The 5tory

 

Remaining its novelty and committed to the best in quality when it comes to their cakes, Just heavenly delivers the promise of their dictum: “Designing Dreams, Serving Pleasure”. They should really take pride on the good ingredients and meticulous details when it comes to precise flavours. And true to form, their flawlessly formed cake ticks all the right boxes when they recently served it when hosting the Never Ending Story featuring the Pen Gallery, and the5tory.

 

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Both Allan and Nigel Skelchy started Just Heavenly in 2001, and it has been a journey driven by passion there is nothing other than perfection. With a story to tell, cake crafting isn’t the only way to celebrate moments in life. Allan is now bringing the tool to tell the story of your own and the brand -The Story…

 

2.Never Ending Story @ Just Heavenly Bangsar

 

Make notes, sketch, write or even draw on journal in leather wrapped collections of notebook made with 140gm paper, hand cut and sewn from beautiful leather to facilitate your own collection of stories. That’s made easy with the Pen Gallery.com-as they specializes in the sale of branded quality writing instruments.

 

3.Never Ending Story @ Just Heavenly Bangsar

 

From the intricate sugar flowers to the velvety tiers of fondant, a bespoke cake is a work of art. Watch this quick story from the event day and spot those beautifully sculptured cakes.

 

 

Follow all their social media to keep up with their events and activities and don’t forget to slow down on the digital lifestyle every now and then, and enjoy the delight and art of pen and paper.

 

Just Heavenly :
Website: www.justheavenly.biz
Facebook: www.facebook.com/justheavenly.my

 

The5tory:
Instagram: www.instagram.com/the5tory
Phone number :0123276326

 

Pen gallery :
http://www.pengallery.com
Facebook: www.facenook.com/pengallery

 

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Mr. Churro Malaysia @ Midvalley megamall

Eat your way to Seoul with Mr.Churro Malaysia!

 

Mr. Churro Malaysia in Midvalley megamall is currently running their contest for a chance to win a pair of tickets to South Korea. This really is the best time to go ahead and drop by for some of those tasty long star shaped snack with fillings or dips of your choice.

 

1.Mr. Churro Malaysia @ Midvalley megamall
2.Mr. Churro Malaysia @ Midvalley megamall

 

Watching how these lengths of choux pastry being piped from a star-shaped nozzle directly into the oil, and then later on sprinkled with cinnamon sugar, this one is recommended for those sweet tooth who like their churros hot and freshly made. Founded in Seoul in 2013, Mr Churro Malaysia has got a profound rendition into perfecting the flavours that’s love by fellow Malaysians. There is the Original Churro (Plain, Cinnamon or Milo) for RM 5.50 and an additional RM 1.40 for those lovely dips (salted caramel, strawberry, nutella).

 

3.Mr. Churro Malaysia @ Midvalley megamall
4.Mr. Churro Malaysia @ Midvalley megamall
5.Mr. Churro Malaysia @ Midvalley megamall

 

Then, there are of course a couple more of other flavours so why settle for one when you can have more? They have this Specialty Choco Chrunch Churro (RM 7.90) and the Cookies and Cream Churro (RM 7.90) that’s funky and exciting. I personally think that the later has slight advantage with the addition of moist from those luscious cookies and cream cheese piped onto the entire churro.

 

7.Mr. Churro Malaysia @ Midvalley megamall
6.Mr. Churro Malaysia @ Midvalley megamall

 

Quench the thirst and enjoy their fun beverage at RM 5.90 each. They have few creative recipe when it comes to making the fancy mocktails but their churro is absolutely the draw factor.

 

8.Mr Churro Malaysia

 

Don’t forget the ongoing contest that could win you prizes including your flight to South Korea. Now go ahead and enjoy these deep-fried sweet snacks with options of eating straight up from those chunky whole or cutting into sticks of convenient lengths to dip into the delicious dipping flavours.

 

9.Mr Churro Malaysia
10.Mr Churro Malaysia

 

Contest period : 20May- 20th July 2017. Watch Mr Churro appearing on my vlog here:

 

 

Mr Churro Malaysia’s first kiosk booth is located at :
LGK 03A, LG Floor,
Mid Valley Megamall,
59200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 017-882 0240
Opens: 10am-10pm daily
GPS: 3.1164941,101.676814
(Kiosk booth near Dunkin Donuts, opposite Nandos)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MrChurroMY/

 

Mr Churro Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

 

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Kopenhagen Coffee @ Mont Kiara (Kiara Vista)

 

Immaculately clean and minimal design must be one of the big draw at the Kopenhagen Cafe in Vista Kiara at Jalan Kiara 3, Mont Kiara. With the township busting a thriving and very real coffee scene it’s not only coffee appreciation that’s becoming a trend but the whole experience from even before the first sip. Caffeine fix and coffee sessions have come a long way and has been dramatically redefine. Now, it is both the environment and ambience that is just as important to coffee crawlers. 

3.Kopenhagen Coffee

2.Kopenhagen Coffee

1.Kopenhagen Coffee

 

This newest hipster hotspot includes rotating pastry and cake menu with coffee and tea being the highlight at this minimally polished and chilled seats and tables. What started off as an understated, relaxed and joyful neighbourhood cafe gains their reputation so quickly thanks to the powerful and resourceful sharing platform known as the social media, is seen to have increasing their seats to cater the high demand. 

4.Kopenhagen Coffee

 

Known to be a good place for instagram, and coffee of course, I must also compliment the very grammable cups and glasses for the beverages. Vanity aside, Denmark tea is very much a delight with combinations of flowers and leaves that’s soothing and calming. It pairs incredibly well with my tasty slice of carrot cake. Despite my skepticism for carrot cakes, I always end up ordering this whenever and where ever. Deep down, it is probably to convince myself that I would one fine day find the one that would blow me away. But no, I did not find that here. But I wouldn’t hesitate repeating this move at Kopenhagen, because it was good for the price so I have no complains. 

5.Kopenhagen Coffee

6.Kopenhagen Coffee

 

Also great to pair your cakes and pastry is coffee of course but give them more time and hopefully there will be a good barista to skillfully froth the milk and to competently brew coffees that doesn’t burn the tongue. Otherwise, the range of good beans selection is to no avail at such beautiful coffee hub. 

7.Kopenhagen Coffee

8.Kopenhagen Coffee

9.Kopenhagen Coffee

10.Kopenhagen Coffee

11.Kopenhagen Coffee

 

Kopenhagen Coffee is located at Vista Kiara:
7, Jalan Kiara,
Sunway Spk 3 Harmoni,
50480 Kuala Lumpur
Business Hour: Monday – Friday (7am-7pm), Sat-Sun (9am-7pm)
GPS: 3.166608,101.649011
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kopenhagencoffee/  

Kopenhagen Coffee Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

 

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Pantree in Justlife Organic shop @ Semabok, Melaka

The Pantree Melaka (Semabok)

 

Melaka town is so small and with all the social networking, one may think that there is probably no secret in the city. As much as we love the Jonker street and merry crowd on festive and holiday seasons, we all sometimes need a bit of quiet and peacefulness. It could be the reason for why it’s been under the hat but health enthusiast probably are already aware of this place that’s been running below the radar for close to about a year now.

 

2.Pantree in Justlife Organic shop @ Semabok, Melaka
12.Pantree in Justlife Organic shop @ Semabok, Melaka

 

Tucked inside a common looking shop lot in a rather new developed enclave in Semabok Melaka, The pantry deserves more than this clandestine operation that runs with probably less than 10 seats or so to cater dine ins, and table bar with open pantry kitchen just enough for essentials like simple oven and tiny stove.

 

1.Pantree in Justlife Organic shop @ Semabok, Melaka
3.Pantree in Justlife Organic shop @ Semabok, Melaka
4.Pantree in Justlife Organic shop @ Semabok, Melaka

 

Serving assorted breads made with natural live yeast (yes, they rare their own yeast- now are you impressed or what?) and organic flour, the menu changes regularly but they generally bakes wholewheat, foccacia, bagels, and many more. On the menu today, there is Chai cake as well. I pair them with Soy Matcha Latte (RM 13) and although taking relatively longer than standard cafe serving time, the zen and books keeps a good company so it doesn’t quite feel too dreadful. Put aside your mobile phone, pick up any book or magazines on their shelf and enjoy the ambiance as you take some time off the hustle and bustle in the city life.

 

5.Pantree in Justlife Organic shop @ Semabok, Melaka
6.Pantree in Justlife Organic shop @ Semabok, Melaka

 

Seasonal beans for coffee drinks are available but really, this is the rare occasion that coffee didn’t quite get my attention this time around. Instead, natural Red Grape Juice Kefir (RM 12) triggered my curiosity. The lovely tangy sweet, plus the goodness of Kefir is like a healthier and pricier (for a good reason) version of ribena drink resemblance.

 

7.Pantree in Justlife Organic shop @ Semabok, Melaka

 

Otherwise, tea is available if you are feeling like tea. We had Chamomile Pot (RM 12) and being the nice and friendly Malaccan, there is no restriction to how many serving cups or how many times of refilling are allowed. The staff simply just asks how many cups we wanted for our pot of tea and viola! We are sharing a pot of tea in one of its kind handmade tea cups. They are so pretty I couldn’t resist asking if they are for sale. Don’t say I didn’t share this. You can totally buy them!

 

9.Pantree in Justlife Organic shop @ Semabok, Melaka
8.Pantree in Justlife Organic shop @ Semabok, Melaka

 

For as assorted sourdough combination, go ahead and order the Bread Platter (RM 12) served with rosella jam and balsamic vinegar in olive oil dip. This one puts together a couple of bread slices and is the most perfect way to introduce artisan bread to the local. While the state is rich in heritage and cultural influences on breads are pretty much embedded with fluffy white bread as staple instead of tough and chewy ones, artisan bread is going to take longer than we expected to be accepted as fuel food.

 

11.Pantree in Justlife Organic shop @ Semabok, Melaka

 

Pantree definitely earned applauses for their effort and ambiance but I sure hope for consistency and a slight improvement on some of their bread. Focaccia here might need a little extra rise and probably a little more olive oil for a crispier crust.

 

10.Pantree in Justlife Organic shop @ Semabok, Melaka

 

And to the folks of Melaka, their organic supplies are decent if not complete with rich varieties. Eating organic is not only beneficial to the health but also helping Mother Nature in a long run. Watch this quick video to see more of Pantree and the organic supplies in Justlife.

 

 

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Also click to read more Eating and Drinking Places in Melaka , Foodeverywhere’s Travel Journal outside Malaysia, or Sycookies Food Travelogue .

 

Pantree is located within Justlife Organic shop at:
No 9, Jalan PS 3,
Plaza Semabok 75050 Melaka
Business Hour: Tuesday- Saturday (10am- 6pm)
https://www.facebook.com/pantreemelaka
Tel: 60174017427
GPS: 2.1949279,102.265803

 

 

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The Embassy Café Bakery @ Damansara Uptown (The Starling Mall)

 

With culinary ethnicity and epicurean gear to create a comforting selection of dishes and artisanal pastries and bakery, The Embassy Café and Bakery at the Starling Mall in Damansara Uptown embarks on an adventure with aim to provide the best of hospitality with a serving of delicious meals. The result: cozy, bright and warm toned eatery that’s all about embassy’s generosity when it comes to services and both Eastern and Western fare of an extensive offering for everybody on the menu.

 

1.The Embassy Café Bakery @ Damansara Uptown (The Starling Mall)
2.The Embassy Café Bakery @ Damansara Uptown (The Starling Mall)
3.The Embassy Café Bakery @ Damansara Uptown (The Starling Mall)

 

This cozy café restaurant set in a windowed outlet in the mall serves pretty amazing choices of starters, light bites, mains, and even dessert. At a recent tasting menu, we had the local flavour we love for starter and this light bite of Spicy Sausage Ikan Bilis sure is a good representative of Malaysians palate before things got interesting with the Nordic Salad when vege lovers get to savour the fresh greens with a golden crispy soft shell crab.

 

4.The Embassy Café Bakery @ Damansara Uptown (The Starling Mall)

 

Being Malaysian, the Embassy Nasi Istimewa (RM 28) is one of the best with aplenty items in one. This homemade fried rice served with spicy anchovies and tempe sambal, fried cabbage, ayam pindang, pappadoms, kerabu mangga and topped with sunny side egg cannot be any more wholesome and complete than it already is. This serving comes with a very delicious ayam pindang that’s served separately and what’s most importantly, it is not every other day that you come across ayam pindang on the menu anywhere else.

 

5.The Embassy Café Bakery @ Damansara Uptown (The Starling Mall)
6.The Embassy Café Bakery @ Damansara Uptown (The Starling Mall)
7.The Embassy Café Bakery @ Damansara Uptown (The Starling Mall)

 

From East to West and you’ll find the diplomatic détente with some of the western influences in the choices of items on the menu. Spaghetti has a lovely homemade tomato sauce and Rock O’ Lamb (RM 48) serves juicy lamb on a bed of garlic butter mash, with honey glazed carrots and French beans. That mash was a star on this plate with majority votes from the table, but I’ll shine the limelight on the mint sauce.

 

8.The Embassy Café Bakery @ Damansara Uptown (The Starling Mall)
9.The Embassy Café Bakery @ Damansara Uptown (The Starling Mall)
10.The Embassy Café Bakery @ Damansara Uptown (The Starling Mall)

 

The Ambassador(RM 38) is your stack of char grill succulent beef patty, topped with double cheese, sunny side up, homemade onion ring, beef bacon strips, and drizzled with hickory BBQ sauce. We love the gourmet onion ring and knowing that they are avoiding premade food is already an extra point.

 

11.The Embassy Café Bakery @ Damansara Uptown (The Starling Mall)
12.The Embassy Café Bakery @ Damansara Uptown (The Starling Mall)

 

Sweet treats brings you quite a selection of dessert and once again the impressive selection of choices are absolutely remarkable. Eton Mess (RM 15) serves a mix of meringue, heavy whipped cream and a balancing tang of fresh fruit in it. Sago Kg Melaka (RM 12) brings traditional sago to commercial contemporary. This sago is served with fresh cut of fruits in dice and some of that fragrant brown coconut sugar.

 

13.The Embassy Café Bakery @ Damansara Uptown (The Starling Mall)
14.The Embassy Café Bakery @ Damansara Uptown (The Starling Mall)
15.The Embassy Café Bakery @ Damansara Uptown (The Starling Mall)

 

Coffee lovers will be happy to know that your coffee selections are chosen by their Head Coffee Specialist and Manager, Joseph Long who brews the best espresso in Malaysia Barista Championship 2013 and the most perfect art in Malaysia Latte Art 2015 Sensory when you order your latte.

 

 

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The Embassy Café is located at:
Level 2, The Starling Mall
6, Jalan SS 21/37,
Damansara Utama, 47400
Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Tel: 03 76625408
GPS: 3.1347312,101.623138
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EmbassyDining/
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