Macau is only minutes away from HK and it’s a great way to escape the city and try Portuguese lifestyle in Chinese sauce. Macau is a former Portuguese colony, and is both the first and last European colony in China. Portuguese traders first settled in Macau in the 16th century and subsequently administered the region until the handover on 20 December 1999. The Sino-Portuguese Joint Declaration and the Basic Law of Macau stipulate that Macau operates with a high degree of autonomy until at least 2049, fifty years after the transfer. Macanese cuisine is unique to Macau and consists of a blend of southern Chinese and Portuguese cuisines, with significant influences from Southeast Asia. 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. Famous dishes include Galinha à Portuguesa, Macanese chili shrimps, Minchi. Tapas are also an integral part of Macanese cuisine. The most popular snack is the pork chop bun. You can try these speciality and many more at Restaurante Litoral, in Macau of course. With brilliant service and good portion you won’t be disappointed. A must try is the shrimp and fruit salad with yogurt sauce and black olives disgusting on paper amazing in mouth, enough said. The staff is genuinely friendly and welcoming, they speak perfect Chinese, Portuguese and English, which is quite random considering their appearance as chino-portughese, but this is part of the Macau deal.
Rua do Almirante Sergio, 261A, Macau, China
INSIDER TIP: portions are generous so don’t order too much. Avoid tapas as are pricy compared to the actual quantity and quality. Be prepared to spend an average of 35£ each including wine.
Restaurante Litoral Macau, a set on Flickr.