Content courtesy of Wikipedia:
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.
Common cooking techniques include baking, grilling and roasting. The former, seldom seen in other styles of Chinese cooking, speaks to the eclectic nature of Macanese cooking. Macau is renowned for its flavour-blending culture, and modern Macanese cuisine may be considered a type of fusion cuisine.
Typically, Macanese food is seasoned with various spices including turmeric, coconut milk, cinnamon and bacalhau, giving special aromas and tastes. Famous dishes include Galinha à Portuguesa, Galinha à Africana(African chicken), Bacalhau (traditional Portuguese salt cod), Pato de cabidela, Macanese chili shrimps, Minchi, and stir-fried curry crab. Other dishes include pig’s ear and papaya salad, and rabbit stewed in wine, cinnamon and star anise. Tapas are also an integral part of Macanese cuisine.
The most popular snack is the pork chop bun. The most popular desserts are ginger milk, pastéis de nata(egg tarts), and almond cake.
The famous restaurants of Macau include the Restaurante Porto Interior, Restaurante Litoral, Restaurante Espao and Restaurante O Santos.
Learn more about the cuisine of Macau, including many recipes, at the Macanese Library website.
Recipes from our Lusitano Club members:
- Aluar (Macanese Christmas Candy)
- Amêijoas Na Cataplana – Algarve (Clams in the Cataplana Pan)
- Arroz de Marisco (Seafood Rice)
- Bacalhau com Natas
- Bebinca de Leite (Coconut Milk Custard)
- Cheese Toast (Ken Harper’s)
- Cheese Toast (Dorothy Oliveira’s)
- Genete de Cornstarch (Cornstarch Cookie)
- Macau African Chicken
- Pãezinhos Recheados
- Pasteis de Bacalhau
- Pasteis de Nata
- Pastelinhas de Carne
- Portuguese Chicken in Tomato Sauce
- Prawns Piri-Piri (Hot Chili Prawns)
- Pudim Molotov (Portuguese Meringue Pudding)
- Shellfish Stock for Amêijoas Na Cataplana – Algarve