Monday, February 02, 2015

Macau Part Two: Food choices

Certainly for an entertainment mecca like Macau, you would not starve as there are several types of restaurants (fast food, food court, casual dining and fine dining) to satisfy your cravings.The numerous hotels/casinos have their own food court where different cuisine are guaranteed to satisfy your hunger pangs. At the Venetian Macau where we stayed, their food court offers a wide variety of cuisine, the only trouble is finding a vacant table especially during lunch and dinner time.

We found an alternative by simply hopping on the free shuttle bus service to head to the nearby Galaxy Hotel and eat at the wider spaced food court which also offered numerous choices.

Singapore cuisine - a big heaping bowl of Prawn Mee (Prawn Noodle Soup) and Bah Ku Teh (Pork Ribs with herbs soup) for my sister.

But a visit to Macau is surely not complete without sampling the famous egg tarts from Lord's Stow Bakery as well as dining on Portuguese fare. Lucky for us, there is a branch of Lord's Stow located in the shoppes of the Venetian so we always had ample supply for breakfast, snack and even midnight snacks!

We had our first Portuguese fare for dinner at Madeira Portuguese Restaurant. A fancy restaurant located at The Venetian itself. We were exhausted after a long day exploring the sights and decided to just head back to the hotel for dinner before returning to the suite.  

The main "star" of most Portuguese meals is the Bacalao or salty cod fish. It can be cooked in a wide variety of ways. It is also imperative to try the Portuguese sausage which is pretty much like the Spanish chorizo but has a saltier flavor.

Sliced Portuguese Sausage

Bacalao Balls

Clams Soup and French Onion Soup

Baked Chicken Stew

Bacalao with Cabbage

Bacalao Fried Rice

Steamed Clams

Strawberry Short Cake for dessert

After we checked out of the Venetian Macau, we headed to the city proper. By the time we got there, we were beset with hunger pangs. Our original choice to have lunch in was unfortunately closed for inventory. After walking along a few steps, we chanced upon a quaint looking restaurant named Boa Mesa which also serves Portuguese food. 

Flaming Portuguese Sausage

Here it is all sliced up - yum yum

 Seafood Fried Rice

Bacalao Balls

Bacalao Fried Rice

Grilled Portuguese Sardines

Grilled Bacalao

Apple Pudding for dessert

I end by saying Macau is an enchanting place to visit and having a wide variety of restaurants which offer different cuisine is a big factor and part of the charm of this place. Just don't complain if you need to loosen your belt as the pounds are bound to add up! 


Photo Cache said...

There seems to be something for everyone. I don't think I have explored enough of the Portuguese cuisine during our brief 2 day stay so I'm always curious about this cuisine. Do you like it enough?

DaPHne LAura said...

Well the taste is a mix between salty (from the bacalao and the sausages) and sweet (from heavy sauce laden stews), although surely there are other dishes that are not bacalao-based but might as well order their main dishes, no?

It is good enough to partake during a visit of 2 - 3 days but I can't find myself eating it everyday due to its high level of sodium. :D