6 street food you shouldn’t miss in Macau

As much as travelling is about meeting new people, listening to tales of historical importance and seeing sights of significance, experiencing the local food to me is also a big part of what makes it so enjoyable. 


I’m not that adventurous when it comes to street food as I have had some pretty bad experiences in the past that didn’t end nicely. Of course, I don’t rule out street food completely and I will usually try out one or two things if I’m tempted enough and are feeling adventurous!


When I visited Macau, a city well known for its many casinos – I made a point to take a gamble and try out some of the street food the city had to offer. Passing streets upon streets with different enticing aromas, I wasn’t disappointed with my decision and my food adventures  remain the most memorable from my visit to the former colonial city.


Check out some of the top 6 street foods in Macau you shouldn’t miss below. Sik fan!


1. Portuguese egg tarts


Although Portuguese in origin, the Portuguese tart has become one delicious contender for the top spot as a signature Macau dish. We didn’t have enough time to try them from the famous institution, Lord Stows Bakery, but there are several places around the city that have perfected the art of the tart. The flaky pastry is a nice little blanket for the goodness inside it – reminiscent of a creme brûlée, the sweet filling is custard like, gooey and best eaten warm #straigtouttatheoven


  Get them from:


Lord Stows Bakery: 1 Rua do Tassara, Coloane Village, Macau
Cafe E Nata Margarets: 
17B, Goldlion building, Rua do Comandante Mata e Oliveira, Macau, China

portugese tart

2. The pork chop bun


A definite must try when visiting Macau, the delicious parcels of pork are worth every calorie! Although they are usually eaten as a snack, I could have easily gone h.a.m. and eaten 2 or 3 of these marvellous creations as lunch. Absent of any sauce, dressing or salads, the snack is simple with only a baguette and marinated pork chop making the dish. If you prefer your food with heat, theres plenty of radioactive red chillis that can be added on.


  Get them from:   Tai Lei Loi Kei: 18, Largo Governador Tamagnini Barbosa, Taipa, Macau

pork chop bun

3. Noodles


Although this probably wouldn’t be classified as a ‘street food’ as they are served in sit down restaurants rather than the street, I couldn’t not mention these. There’s the basic dumpling noodle soup, my favourite beef brisket, and one that I haven’t seen anywhere else so far – the popular shrimp roe noodles. Slurping is perfectly acceptable.


  Get them from:

  Wong Chi Kei: No.17 Largo do Senado, Macau, China
Cheong Kei Noodle House: 68, Rua de Felicidade, Macau 



Egg noodles from Wong Chi Kei

4. Sweet beef jerky


I’m not a dessert kind of person. My choice of birthday ‘cake’ from a previous workplaces social club was a Pizza Hut pepperoni pizza. Same same but different. If you’re like me, you would probably enjoy these these thin sweet beef jerky pieces as a savoury persons version of dessert. The sheets of beef moist unlike the beef jerky you usually find in the supermarkets and are a delicious combination of sweet and salty with a hint of smokiness. 


Get them from:


Koi Kei Bakery: Several locations throughout Macau and Asia

beef jerky

5. Skewered fish balls and meats


The ubiquitous skewered protein are a common scene in most markets and streets throughout Asia. If you enjoy a little mystery to your meats, you simply choose one of the skewers on display and the vendor will cook them in a flavoured broth. They are then served in a small paper cup or styrofoam and anointed with a funky yellow curry sauce, and depending whether you like it hot or not, a nice serving of chili. Most of the stalls in Macau serve seafood skewers, but they also had a few beef balls and hotdogs thrown in there for variety. Skewered vegies were also available for vegetarians.

skewered meats

6. Almond cookies


Camera didn’t get to eat first on this occasion. Try the crumbly melt in your mouth cookies from acclaimed Koi Kei bakery. The bakery has several chains around Macau so you won’t have trouble finding it – just follow the crowds. The store we went to near Senado Square was brimming with tourists stocking up on the cookies – great for gifts if you can help not eating them before you get home!


Get them from:


Koi Kei Bakery: Several locations throughout Macau and Asia
Pastelaria Fong Kei:
 14 R. do Cunha, Macau


Other street food we saw that are worth a mention but didn’t have room for, were meat pepper buns, egg crisps, milk pudding and what I’m still fomo about to this day – the famous durian ice creams. Make sure you plan your meals ahead if you’re wanting to have a foodie adventure in Macau!

meat pepper buns

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