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Trip Report 9 personal culinary recommendations in Macau

Macau is a small town, and I have a list of personal favorite places to eat! Some of them are famous, some of them are intimate and ‘secretive’. Full list of restaurant names / photo and detailed blog, please visit: http://wp.me/p5Lw9a-iw

Let’s begin with some place nice since sometimes we don’t go to a place for the food exactly.

1. Macau Tower – Casino resorts may have nice buffet and dining places but it’s Macau Tower that has a 360 panoramic view from the Macau Peninsula all the way to the Taipai and beyond. Very typical western style buffet, but sometimes you may see daredevil challenging themselves of the Bungy jump, skyjump or skywalk experience. Website www.macautower.com.mo
2. The Pousada de Sao Diago – a.k.a. the Santiago hotel is a historical secluded castle hotel resort on the west corner of the Macau Peninsula. Away from the dazzling casinos in the city center, the hotel is an intimate, charming heritage site with only 12 luxurious suites overlooking the inner harbour of Macau and the Pearl River Delta. Try their afternoon tea in the courtyard, you may see a different side of Macau. Website www.saotiago.com.mo
3. Exploring the City - strolling in the streets and alleys of the Macau peninsula, it’s an eye wide shut for food lovers. During the freezing days, a lamb stew with bean curd sheet would warm you up in a heartbeat. The lamb belly was cooked tenderly, while water chestnuts, beancurd sheets and radish absorbed the rich flavor of the soup base. At the back of the Saint Dominic’s church there was a street food stall still serving this street-style style delicacy in clay pot over traditional charcoal. Nice.
4. Walk along the Avenue de Almeida Robeiro – one of the main avenue in Macau Peninsula, The R. da Felicidade, is a food street where lots of restaurants were in business for decades, yet still a long queues could be found outside every day. Chinese congees, noodles, and local cuisines that makes your mouth water, and aftertaste lingers.
5. Another bustle area in Macau Peninsula was the Rotunda de Carlos da Maia, where the locals would call it the ‘Three lamp posts’. Because it does have three lamp posts still standing in the middle of the roundabout square.
It’s street food paradise. One you shouldn’t miss even if you are full is the pork knuckles and ginger stew at the Fung Kei stall.
More, on the other side I once found a hidden Myanmar restaurant (and so there’s a Burmese community in Macau) – nothing fancy, it’s local it’s cheap, the coconut with curry noodle was something that I never tried before.
6. In Taipa, immerse yourseslf in the Rua do Cunha and rebirth in the street food Nirvana. If you are looking for Macau famous local pastries, cookies and meat jerky, this is where you needed to be. My favourite would be the crab congee at the 30 Seng Cheong restaurant.
7. In the Macau city center, the Margaret’s café e Nata is the mix of yin and yang - Portuguese Tart and pastries served with milk tea that reminds me very much of Balem in Lisbon. The crispiness of the tart crust and the warmth of the egg/custard filling will lighten your day.
8. On the Macau peninsula, the traditional Alorcha and Henri’s Gallery are very closed to the Nam Van Lake and Sai Van Lake. However, the true exotic experience are mostly located in Coloane.
On the west side, the café Nga Tim is an outdoor café located right in front of the chapel of St. Francis Xavier, with a small square paved with Portuguese tiles – it is lovely setting for a little Lisbon experience in China.
9. The last two places are great and so I saved it as my Finale, not only these two places has a nice and relax seaside setting and but also the food are actually nice and yummy. Fernando’s and Miramar are located on the opposite ends of the Hac Sa Beach (Black Sand Beach) – especially grilled fish, crispy and salty on the outside, juicy and fresh on the inside; and the clams, the soup served with garlic bread….

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