Leave the luxurious hotel area and walk through the streets in Macau, follow Sun Travel’s food specialists to explore the popular local delights in Freguesia de São Lourenço.
Mei Ka Café Belo
Mei Ka Café Belo on Rua de S. Lourenço is a popular late-night restaurant in Macau. In its 46 years of business, it has gained a reputation for its curry beef shank pot and beef brisket. The beef shank has a firm texture but remains tender, while the rich curry sauce is absorbed by the potatoes and radish. The beef brisket is served in its cooking pot fresh off the stove with strong scent. The fat is evenly distributed, giving it a tender bite.The lean part is soft while the fattier bits are rich and aromatic. The broth is further enriched by tofu skin, particularly hearty in fall and winter. For sides, try the deep-fried wonton duo: it contains both fish wonton and shrimp wonton. The outer layer is crispy while the filling is springy and fresh in taste. The shrimp wonton carries an extra layer of pepper aroma. It comes with a sweet and sour sauce and is best paired with an ice-cold beer.
Jim Sai Padarias
The scent of Jim Sai Padarias’s bread fills the area around Instituto Salesiano. Behind its small shop front is 40 years of history. Its décor brings people back to the 1970s. The name Jim Sai comes from an old slang that refers to western bread rolls made of flour, eggs and lard. However, the bakery is more famous for its Chinese doughnut. Hand-shaped doughballs of eggs and flour are deep fried for 15 minutes until it becomes golden. They are then rolled in a sugar pan for an even cover. The resulting doughnuts have a rich egg taste and not overly greasy.They are crispy on the outside and soft inside. The freshly made donuts are limited offer only, so better get them while stock last.
Alua E Comidas Portuguesa Kamin
Many would think of Choi Heong Yuen and Koi Kei when they are looking for food souvenir. However, the go-to place for many locals is actually Alua E Comidas Portuguesa Kamin. The century-old shop sells traditional Macanese pastries, an item inscribed in Macau’s Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2012. All pastries are handmade. Given the complicated process and low profit margin, the shop is now the only one selling Macanese pastries in Macau. A must-try item is BIcho Bicho, named after caterpillar for its shape. It comes in two flavours: original and chocolate. The bite-size pastry is crispy and rich in butter. Despite its unique taste, it is made only of four ingredients: butter, eggs, sugar and flour. Its popularity is unparalleled.
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