Macau Dining

Plan Macau food culture tour? Macau Dining introduces Macau Food and Restaurants including Macanese Cuisine, Restaurants in Macau, Macau Snacks, What to Eat in Macau, Where to Eat in Macau, Macau Food Street.

Food Styles in Macau

Macanese cuisine is unique to Macau, and consists of a blend of southern Chinese and Portuguese cuisines, with significant influences from Southeast Asia and the Lusophone world. Many unique dishes resulted from the spice blends that the wives of Portuguese sailors used in an attempt to replicate European dishes. Its ingredients and seasonings include those from Europe, Latin America, Africa, India, and Southeast Asia, as well as local Chinese ingredients.

What to Eat in Macau

Macau has a 400-plus-year-old culinary legacy in the form of its own East meets West ‘Macanese’ cuisine. In addition, it has a reputation as a city where chefs come from all over to introduce their new dishes to Asia, which has resulted in UNESCO recognizing it as a Creative City of Gastronomy. The best food in Macau includes traditional Portuguese dishes, like the famous egg tarts or codfish based recipes, Chinese foods like dim sum and noodles, or unique fusion dishes that were created and developed right in Macau through the many influences coming through the trading routes.

Must-try Macau Food

Portuguese Egg Tart(葡式蛋挞)

If you've ever been to Portugal, you know that one of the greatest pastries to binge-eat there is the Portuguese egg tart: its crisp, flaky crust holding a creamy custard center, blistered on top from the high heat of an oven. If you want to try Portuguese egg tart, come to Macau, you'll taste the local Portuguese egg tart. Eating a piping hot Portuguese egg tart is one of the essential experiences for any visitor to Macau. While their history doesn’t date back quite as far as the iconic, 400-year-old Ruins of St Paul’s, these flaky cups of buttery, creamy goodness have their origins in the monasteries and convents of 17th-century Lisbon.

Pork Chop Bun(猪扒包)

The authentic Macanese pork chop bun is a very simple sandwich that consists of just a Portuguese bread roll and a bone-in thin-cut pork chop. It is the most famous and popular street food in Macau, and for good reason. The bun is tender, crispy, and moist with butter. The pork chop is fresh, juicy, and either fried or grilled, right off the stove. No tomato slice or sauce required.


Serradura, also known as Sawdust Pudding, is a wonderful Portuguese style dessert originating in Macau during the time when it was still a part of Portugal. Serradura is a wonderful sweet treat that utilizes some heavy whipping cream along with crumbled Bolacha Maria cookies in order to create an elegant chilled dessert. This dessert is unbelievably simple and easy to make and only requires four easy to find ingredients. Despite that, Serradura is a very refined tasting dessert that is always sure to impress and perfect for serving any time you have guests around.

Algal Jelly(大菜糕)

Grass jelly, or leaf jelly or herb jelly, is a jelly-like dessert eaten in East Asia (mainly in China and Southeast Asia). It is created by using the Platostoma palustre plant (a member of the mint family) and has a mild, slightly bitter taste. It is served chilled, with other toppings such as fruit, or in bubble tea or other drinks. Outside Asia, it is sold in Asian supermarkets. Now, it is popular in Macau. When you come to Macau, it is a must-try food.

Portuguese Chicken(葡国鸡)

Po Kok Gai, or Macanese style Portuguese Chicken, is a Chinese fusion Macanese & Portuguese style chicken dish. It is a mildly spicy, slightly sweet chicken curry with a rich, creamy coconut sauce. This unbelievably flavorful sauce goes great in combination with some rice as well. In China, Macau has had a long and intertwined history with the Portuguese. Since it had been a Portuguese colony from the 16th century to 1999, the evidence of Portuguese cultural influence is all over and is a show of the beauty of the melting pots of cultures in the region. This dish is a great combination of the Portuguese and Chinese cultures with the interesting mixture of Chinese tofu and Portuguese chorizo.


This is probably Macau's most famous Portuguese dish. Bacalhau is actually dried codfish slices imported from Portugal. It is an essential part of Portuguese cuisine and there are many of ways of cooking it. Before cooking, the fish slices are soaked in water for 20 hours to get rid of salt. It can then be served baked, grilled, stewed or boiled. The popular dishes made of Bacalhau include Fried Bacalhau Balls, Streamed Bacalhau with Seafood and sometimes it is served with rice.

Crab Congee(蟹粥)

Autumn is the season for crabs. It is a nice warming food that evokes feelings of nostalgia for many during cold evenings. There are many ways the locals prepare it and many places that serve it fresh. Congee is slow-cooked rice porridge and is usually quite thick and fluffy in texture. A variety of ingredients such as fish and meat can be added.

Dim Sum

Chinese and Portuguese dishes are the best foods to eat in Macau. Dim sum is a great example. This traditionally Chinese tea snack has made its way to Macau too and it is omnipresent, from the teahouses to the shopping mall yum cha places, like the yum cha eateries in Singapore Chinatown, and it is best enjoyed with a cup of tea. The allure of dim sum may be one of your reason for Macau Tour. Macau is the best place to try various kinds of dim sum.  There is an ancient Chinese tradition of drinking tea, known as yum cha, and with tea it’s common to eat little bite sizes dishes which are known as dim sum. That’s why dim sum is often served at teahouses and always goes with hot tea.

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Where to Eat in Macau

Local Restaurants Recommended by Gourmet Cai Lan(美食家蔡澜)

  • Hang Heong Un(杏香园)
    Add: Shop E-G030, The Broadway, Broadway Macau, Avenida Marginal Flor de Lotus, Coloane-TaipaMacau, China(中国澳门路凼城莲花海滨大马路澳门百老汇百老汇大街E-G030号铺)
    Tel: +853-28845202
  • Loja Sopa De Fita Cheong Kei(祥记面家)
    Add: 1/F, No.68 Rua da Felicidade, Avenida de Almeida RibeiroMacau, China(中国澳门新马路福隆新街68号1楼)
    Tel: +853 2857 4310
  • Maoji Seafood Restaurant(毛记海鲜饭店)
    Add: G/F, 11 Travessa do Mastro, Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro(澳门特别行政区澳门半岛炉石塘巷11号) Tel: +853-28377429
  • Seng Kei Congee(盛记白粥)
    Add: G/F, Edificio Nga Chi, 14 Rua dos Cules, Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro(新馬路天通街14號雅緻大廈地下
    Tel: +853-28403931

Authentic Macanese Cuisine Restaurants

  • Restaurante Platao(九如坊葡国餐厅)
    Add: G/F Block B, Jardim Lok Wa, Travessa S, Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro(新馬路板樟堂巷3號樂華花園地下B舖
    Tel: +853-28331818
  • Galo Portuguese Restaurant(公鸡葡国餐厅)
    Add: Calcada Do Tronco Velho No. 47, Macau
    Tel: +853 2882 7423
  • Cozinha Pinocchio(木偶葡国餐厅)
    Add: 38 Largo dos Bombeiros, Vila de TaipaMacau, China(澳门特别行政区氹仔岛凼仔消防局前地38号)
    Tel: +853-28827128
  • Restaurante Dumbo(小飞象葡国餐 )
    Add: Rua do Regedor Loja A, Hei Loi Tang Kong Cheong, TaipaMacau, China(澳门氹仔地堡街喜来登广场地下A铺连一楼全层)
    Tel: +853-28827888

Michelin Restaurants in Macau

  • Robuchon au Dome(天巢法国餐厅)
    Add: Grand Lisboa, 43/F, Avenida de Lisboa |Macau PeninsulaMacau, China(大堂区南湾葡京路2-4号新葡京酒店43楼)
    Tel: +853-88037878
  • The Eight(8餐厅)
    Add: 2/F, Grand Lisboa, Avenida e Lisboa | Macau PeninsulaMacau, China(中国澳门半岛南湾葡京路新葡京酒店2楼)
    Tel: +853-88037788
  • Golden Flower(京花轩)
    Add: Rua Cidade de Sintra, NAPE, Porto Exterior|G/F, Wynn Macau,Macau, China(宋玉生广场(皇朝)外港填海区仙德丽街永利澳门酒店地铺)
    Tel: +853-89863689
  • Zi Yat Heen(紫逸轩)
    Add: Estrada da Baia de N. Senhora da Esperanca, S/N, Macau, China
    (中国澳门 望德圣母湾大马路四季酒店大堂1楼)
    Tel: +853 2881 8818

Time-honored Restaurants in Macau

  • Sorvegel Loja Sorvetes(九记冰室)
    Add: 9B Travessa do Roquete, Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro(澳门特别行政区澳门半岛罗结地巷9号B地下)
    Tel:  +853-28375716
  • A Vencedora(坤记餐室)
    Add: No.264 Rua Do Campo, Macau China (澳门特别行政区澳门半岛水坑尾街264号)
    Tel: +853-28355460
  • Leitaria I Son(义顺牛奶公司)
    Add: Yi Shun, 381 Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro, Macau(澳门特别行政区澳门半岛澳門特别行政區風順堂區亞美打利庇盧大馬路381號)
    Tel: +853-28373104
  • Pastelaria Fong Kei(晃记饼家)
    Add:14 Rua do Cunha, Vila de Taipa(澳门特别行政区氹仔岛氹仔旧城区官也街14号)
    Tel: +853-28827142

Best Restaurants to Eat Macanese Egg Tart

  • Lord Stow's Bakery(安德鲁饼店)
    Add: G/F, Block E, Edificio Pak Hung, 9 Rua da Cunha, Vila de Taipa(氹仔舊城區官也街9号栢鸿大厦E座地舖)
    Tel: +853-28866889
  •  Margaret’s Café e Nata(玛嘉烈蛋挞)
    Add: 17B, Goldlion building, Rua do Comandante Mata e Oliveira Macau, China(新馬路馬統領街金利來大廈17B地舖)
    Tel:  +853-28710032\

Famous Food Street in Macau

Rua da Cunha

One of the islands of Macau, Taipa village has developed over the years with some luxury hotels peppered in the area. If you are interested in trying something authentic and regional, visit the narrow pedestrian lane called Rua da Cunha, where a wide assortment of local delicacies are served. Many shops here sell the crispy pork chop noodles, pork chops with toasted bun and egg tarts. The Koi Kei bakery is known for making crunchy almond cookies, seaweed shredded pork, pork jerky slices, beef jerky slices and egg roll with seaweed. Another famous snack is the peanut candy and most of these are carried back home as souvenirs and gifts for friends by tourists. You can actually watch the kitchen staff in action as they prepare the almond cookies.