Ask me to choose between Hong Kong-style egg tarts and Portuguese egg tarts and I wouldn’t be able to give you an answer to that. They’re similar, yet different, and both are irreplaceable to me. I’d make a trip to Macau just for those Portuguese egg tarts. Okay, I’m just kidding. But they’re really, really GOOD.
Say hello to these babies!!! Macau has many places that sell Portuguese egg tarts, but by far, Lord Stow’s are the BEST. They’re also more convenient to get to, being situated in the famous The Venetian Macau hotel/casino/shopping centre. The egg tarts are in the shopping centre portion of the huge compound, and it might take some time hunting it down, but it’s totally worth it. The egg tarts are piping hot, and the interior is milky and eggy and all-things-yummy, paired with a flaky crust that just shatters once you bite into it. One is not enough.
Address: 870, Mask Street, Level 3, Shoppes at Venetian
Open 10am-11pm (Sun-Thu). 10am-12mn (Fri-Sat)
Another place that is popular for their Portuguese egg tarts is Margaret’s Cafe e Nata. This is located nearer to the Ruins of St Paul’s and is harder to get to (you’d probably have to take a taxi). It was pretty good too, but considering the amount of effort to get there in comparison to Lord Stows, I’d recommend you go for the latter.
Address: G/F, 17A Rua Alm Costa Cabral R/, Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro
Open daily except Wed 6.30am-8pm
Something else that you have to try in Macau is the pork chop bun from Tai Lei Loi Kei. It didn’t sound like anything special to me, and I’ve never been crazy about pork chop. But gosh, I was surprised! The thick slice of pork chop was so succulent and juicy, and I’d recommend that you go for the bo lo bun version because it completes the flavour of this dish perfectly. There are a few outlets scattered around Macau, but I would suggest going to the one in Taipa Village because that’s where the original outlet is. I tried the stall in the food court in The Venetian, and it was awful! So do yourself a favour and visit the authentic one. There is also an imitation stall called “Macau Famous Pork Chop Bun”, but that isn’t it! Also note that the original classic toasted pork chop bun is only available after 2pm, hence we did not get to try it because we reached too early. Nevertheless, the pork is the highlight, and the bo lo/soft bun version was good enough for us!
Address: 35 Rua Correia da Silva, Taipa Village, Macau
Open daily 8am-6pm
I’ve finally reached the end of my HK posts!! Hope you found it useful. Check back next week for posts on my UK trip!