Tag Archives: Macanese

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

 

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

 

#sycookiestravelogue, #foodeverywhere #2018macaoyearofgastronomy #experiencemacao #sycookiesxmacao

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

 

Follow me:

imagesimages22images (1)11-images (1)youtube logosnapchatlogo-sycookies
Love

cookies signature wo background-blog sign_

 

 

Tromba Rija Authentic Portuguese Buffet

 

What started from humble business as a local butcher and wine tavern shop, Tromba Rija at the Macao Tower is now one with some of the popular Portuguese dishes to offer when visiting Macao. More so if you are paying a visit to the Macao tower. The AJ Hackett Macau Tower Bungy Jump is 233m / 764ft high, making the jump a Guinness World Record for the Highest Commercial Bungy Jump in the world. Now if that is not a reason to visit, think about the authentic Portuguese dishes with quality ingredients, and great ratio of spice and flavour. While the restaurant is decorated in contemporary elements with an adoption of rustic, family style design, from setting, to the most prominent details in decorations, Tromba Rija still serves the flavour of home like delicacy. Here at the Macau Tower, we find cold cuts, platters, signature dishes of both cold and hot, as well as local Macanese cuisine.

 

AJ Hackett Macau Tower Bungy Jump , Macao (Macau) TowerAJ Hackett Macau Tower Bungy Jump , Macao (Macau) TowerAJ Hackett Macau Tower Bungy Jump , Macao (Macau) TowerAJ Hackett Macau Tower Bungy Jump , Macao (Macau) TowerFeel the adrenaline rush as you step onto the 233 m height of glass floor windows. Easy planning when you get your tickets from www.klook.com

Bungy jumping from the top of the tower or stroll around the perimeter at the observation deck-Observation deck operating hours: 10:00am-9:00pm (Mon-Fri) and 9:00am-9:00pm (Weekends & Public Holidays)

Tromba Rija Authentic Portuguese Buffet Tromba Rija Authentic Portuguese Buffet Tromba Rija Authentic Portuguese Buffet Tromba RIja Macao (Macau) Tromba RIja Macao (Macau) Tromba Rija Authentic Portuguese Buffet Portuguese Cream Custard
Tromba Rija Authentic Portuguese Buffet
Portuguese tart is prevalent in Macao, loved by the locals, and popular amongst the tourists. The mini tarts on their buffet spread was lovely. Glazed on the outside, beautifully moist in the middle, it’s glorious. But the dish that blew me away was an impossibly perfect pastry bites with salted cod- a Macanese specialty.

Tromba Rija Authentic Portuguese Buffet

 

The next time anyone needed to squeeze a jump and a meal on the very same day, with a taste of Portuguese and authentic Macanese spread of quality ingredients and top meticulous services, here is one to consider. But I wouldn’t recommend squeezing your itinerary in Macao. Take your time and the country has got so much more to offer, other than blings of glamorous casino and churches.

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.

 

Also read about my food trail in Macao, and other posts of Sycookies Food Travelogue when I travel out of Klang Valley for food.

 

Tromba Rija is located at :
G/F, Macau Tower Convention & Entertainment Centre
Reservations: (853) 2896 2878
Note: All prices are in MOP and subject to a 10% service charge.
Lunch serves at 12pm-2:30pm and dinner at 6:30 pm- 11 pm
https://www.macautower.com.mo/tower-overview/ Prices starting form 170 MOP for lunch and 370 MOP for dinner.

Authentic Macanese food at La Famiglia 葡意之家 , Macao (Macau)

 

La Famiglia’s vibrance totally reflects the rich heritage behind Macanese cuisine, blending the roots of Chinese with the legacy of Portuguese, expounding an interesting diverse and influence of history in culinary reflected in signature cuisines in Macao. It is a great place to dine in comfort and ambiance filled with positive vibes only. The Macanese Gastronomy was inscribed on the Macao Intangible Cultural Heritage List in 2012 and this in my opinion is truly the most accurate identification that constitutes the uniqueness of culinary Macao. Tracing in time from during the 16th and 17th century to the ports of Africa and Southeast Asia, Macanese is the marriage of Portuguese and local Chinese as Portugal inhabit the land that grew not only in size since then. There is influence of international spices traced back from Africa to India and Melaka, with Chinese techniques and ingredients cooked in traditional Portuguese dishes. The birth of this is the delicious Macanese dishes we are having today.

 

The arrangement and seats were in such of a culture which explicitly highlights the importance of meals being enjoyed in a wholesome manner with family- a rich culture of the Macanese. To start the meal, our host, chef Florita Alves, a Macanese with so much passion in her food and restaurant, welcomed us with an introduction to the most staple Portuguese appetiser with a platter beautifully arranged with a smorgasbord of a combination of Macanese and Portuguese Deep Fried Snacks- the “Sortido.s. de Fritos Macaenses”. At this point, some might have had the same thought that went through my head when these Portuguese names starts popping up. And if you are wondering if Chinese or Macanese in Macao actually still reads Protuguese words? Well I was told only a small percentage does that. Either way the names are still all over the country and that could perhaps spell the root and presence of the heritage. But language aside, the platter is undoubtedly an integration of perfect combination proven not impossible. La Famiglia gave us bites of history and tradition beyond a mere satisfaction on the palate through prominent flavours.

 

1.La Famiglia 葡意之家 , Macao (Macau)


“Sortido.s. de Fritos Macaenses”- Assorted Macanese and Portuguese Deep Fried Snacks (Bacalhau Balls, Chilicote, Chamusas, Rissois, Meat Croquettes, Stuffed Roll Bread

 

Moving to mains was when the meal becomes even more interesting. Even though I did not personally enjoy the duck rice on its own, I fancy the pairing of it with African Chicken – a Macanese classic dish marinated in a special chilli sauce, grilled and then baked. Others were given in big, bold flavours, whether you’re in the mood for pig or fish. From farm to sea harvest, Macanese cooking sure gives a splash of familiarity to those of us who has tasted the flavours of South East Asia. Take the Suckling Pig for instance. It wasn’t anything too overly different from what’s served at most Chinese weddings, except the pig comes in whole and that it is slightly meatier with the similar Candy crackling-like crispy layer of skin over the meat.

 



href=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/sycookiesfoodeverywhere/31041239137/in/album-72157697965823850/” title=”2.La Famiglia 葡意之家 , Macao (Macau)”>2.La Famiglia 葡意之家 , Macao (Macau)

1.La Famiglia 葡意之家 , Macao (Macau)
6.La Famiglia 葡意之家 , Macao (Macau) “Arroz de Pato” Duck Rice
“Galinha Africana” African Chicken – A Macanese classic dish marinated in a special chilli sauce, grilled and baked
“Leitao Assado” Portuguese Suckling Pig – Roasted suckling pig dish marinated in home made spices

 

My personal favourite has got to be the Portuguese baked cod fish with carrot and cream sauce. It is uncommon to have cod fish in other cooking method aside from the conventional steam or grill. That probably contributes to how I find this particular dish tantalisingly amusing. Florita was kind enough serve the us with simple sautéed vegetable. I can never be anymore grateful. To be honest, I think I might have quietly walloped the entire serving.

 

Desserts aren’t this famiglia’s strongest suit. But I must emphasize that Portuguese dessert are a lot sweeter than what we Malaysians have accustomed when it comes to sweet profile. And if you follow tightly to my palate then you’d probably know my scale of acceptance when it comes to sweets. However, coconut did earn extra credit for the panna cotta here. Plus the fresh tang from the mango puree, it was good if not great thou I’d still skip this one for anything else on the street perhaps?

 


14.La Famiglia 葡意之家 , Macao (Macau)

14.La Famiglia 葡意之家 , Macao (Macau) (2)“Bacalhau Espiritual” – Traditional Portuguese baked cod fish with carrot and cream sauce
“Vegetais Salteados” Sauteed Vegetables
“Coconut Panna Cotta with Mango Puree

 

If anyone is keen with the history of Macao for most things, in particularly the origin and heritage of Macanese then take a stroll down the lane of exploration at the prominent historical locations. I’ve seen some of the prettiest view and some very photogenic places. Read about my Snacking and Eating down heritage and cultural exploration HERE

 

This content is made possible by the Macao Govenrment Tourism Office (MGTO) Malaysia when I was invited for a Food Hunt in conjunction with the #2018macaoyearofgastronomy

 

Also read about my food trail in Macao, and other posts of Sycookies Food Travelogue when I travel out of Klang Valley for food.

 

La Famiglia is located in Taipa at:
氹仔花朵圍6-12號,木鐸街76號
Taipa, Ilhas, Macau
76 R. dos Clerigos, Macau
Daily: 12pm- 10:30pm
Tel: +853 2857 6131
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/famiglia.macau/

 

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

 

Follow me:

imagesimages22images (1)11-images (1)youtube logosnapchatlogo-sycookies
Love

cookies signature wo background-blog sign_