Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Macau Goodies & Other Delicacies

My day trip to Macau consisted of the following activities: 1) Eating 2) Sight-seeing and 3) Watching The House of Dancing Water show at City of Dreams (a show very similar to Cirque du Soleil shows). 

In terms of "Eating", I've blogged about my lunch at Solmar Restaurante where I had traditional Portuguese / Macanese food. This post will focus on Macau's street food, traditional delicacies and snacks. And breaking away from the norm, I will actually do a quick post tomorrow about the "Sight-seeing" part because I really want to share some of Macau's beautiful Portugal-influenced architecture. For example, the above picture is The Ruins of St. Paul's, which is an iconic symbol of Macau. Gorgeous!

Okay enough of that! Below chronicles everything I ate in Macau ^_^


Ferry Food - A cold and hard piece of cheese and a cold and hard piece of cold cut sandwiched in a cold and hard baguette. I had no idea what that jello-thing was either. Tofu packet produced in China. I did not eat any of it *gag*


We were on our way to lunch at Solmar Restaurante when I couldn't help but stop here for some...

Meat Jerky - Extremely popular in Macau that it is hard to avoid. So many vendors sell them out in front of their shop and they are more than happy to let you to try a slice (they will use scissors to cut a small piece for you). Price depends on the type of meat and the flavour.

Bought half a pound of beef filet jerky. 

Stopped at Koi Kei, a very reputable and well-known store for their almond cake, egg roll, crunchy peanut candy, and filet of beef and pork. They currently sell over 300 varieties of product and is known as a traditional shop but they now also sell new varieties in pastry, cakes, cookies and nougat.  Koi Kei is a reputable Macau brand - it has13 stores in Macau and three chain stores in Hong Kong. 

Peanut Candy - Like all the other goodies in  Koi Kei, I got to sample these freshly made chewy peanut candy. 

Bought a bag. This one is with black sesame.

Almond Cookies - Referred to as almond cakes or almond biscuits, they are so incredibly dense and full of almond flavour. Bought a box.

After our shopping (and eating) spree at Koi Kei, we went for some traditional Macau snacks....

Steamed Egg Pudding - Which you can get either warm or cold (we got warm).

Papaya Milk - Cold and refreshing

Portuguese Egg Tarts - They are sold all over the city.

So tasty!!! These tarts have a super creamy custard with a creme brulee-like consistency and caramelized in a puff pastry case....they are really the perfect on-the-go snacks!

Pork Chop Bun - A seasoned piece of pork chop sandwiched in a baguette inspired bun. The bun was slightly crisp on the outside and the deep fried pork chop was well-seasoned and juicy - there are no other condiments or ingredients, which may seem unusual to many people.


Ferry Food - I only ate the corn. Gave the piece of lamb to my friend. I took a sip of the "orange juice" which did not taste like orange at all, more like artificial sugar water.  Same tofu packet *gag*

Instead, I busted out some other snacks that I bought at Koi Kei...

Pork Floss - Once I start eating pork floss it's so hard for me to stop! Eating pork floss also brings back memories when I used to eat it as a kid when I lived in Hong Kong. 

Banana Cake - Another snack that brings back memories! The aroma of banana is instantaneous once the package is opened. Ironically, there are no real bananas in these banana cakes, just banana powder; it is really the soft and chewy-ness of these banana cakes that win me over every time.

So many good eats in Macau but with only a day there, there was no way I could eat everything! However, I think I did a pretty good job getting most the well-known, traditional snacks. Oh and PORTUGUESE EGG TARTS FTW =D

My other posts on Macau: