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Macau Food Crawl: 8 Macanese Snacks You Should Try at Least Once

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If the best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, then what better way to get to know a new place than by indulging in local cuisines!

A former Portuguese colony, Macau is home to delectable dishes that combine the culinary prowess of the East and West. Aside from its Portuguese influence, Macanese cuisine is infused with recipes and flavors from India, Africa, and other countries in Southeast Asia. If you’re planning a trip to Macau and want to explore its gastronomic offerings, read this article as we list down the 10 Macau food that will tickle your taste buds.

Egg Rolls

Egg Rolls Macau
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Macau’s egg rolls resemble spring rolls: they contain minced prawns or meat along with chopped vegetables and are covered in an egg-made wrapper. This Macau food is best paired with authentic Macau milk tea.

Portuguese Egg Tarts

Egg tarts
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A trip to Macau is never complete without its creamy egg tarts. This dessert comes with a flaky crust and a buttery custard right in the middle. Plus, the top is slightly burnt for that extra oomph. Macanese egg tarts are best eaten warm and there are two popular places where you can get them: Margaret’s and Lord Stow’s Bakery.

Pork Chop Bun

Want Macau’s version of hamburger? Indulge in a hot pork chop bun and get a taste of Macau’s take on this well-loved snack. Pork chop buns are made of marinated pork chop sandwiched in toasted buns and are best served with a brewed iced coffee.

Almond Cookies

Almond Cookies
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It’s hard to miss these crumbly goodies when you’re in Macau. They are sold on the streets at very affordable price, making them a favorite snack to bring home among tourists. A lot of vendors also offer a free taste test for this local specialty.


Also called sawdust pudding, Serradura is one layer after another of condensed milk, whipped cream, and cookie crumbles. This mouthwatering dessert is chilled first and served in a cup.

Sweet Pork Jerky

This delicacy is one you shouldn’t miss when traveling in Asia including Macau. Make sure to get a bite of these dried meats that come in sweet and spicy flavors while strolling the streets of Macau. Like the almond cookies, sweet pork jerkies samplers are often being given out by street food vendors.

Portuguese Seafood Rice

If you want something heavier, order a bowl of Portuguese seafood rice and have yourself satisfied with every mouthful. This dish is a little soupier than its European counterparts and comes with mussels and prawns while soaked in a seafood broth.

African Chicken

This dish is Macau’s version of chicken curry. The chicken is cooked along with chili sauce, paprika, peanut, and tomato, producing a lovely aroma reminiscent of Macau’s Portuguese roots. Litoral Restaurant is one of the most popular places in Macau that serve African chicken.

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