Foodie CentralMacau, China
If you want to really know Macau, let your stomach lead the way. Just a stone’s throw from Hong Kong, Macau has a rich and varied history that reflects in its tasty food. Yes, you’ll get dim sum and stir-fried Chinese vegetables but you’ll also get a whole lot of Portuguese cuisine, thanks to a period of settlement by the Europeans from the mid-16th century.
Head to Lord Stow’s Bakery, set up by Englishman Andrew Stow in 1989, to tuck into a few of the egg tarts the bakery is famous for. Up the cobblestone streets of historic Taipa village you’ll find Antonio’s, headed by Master Chef, Antonio Coelho. Antonio serves up sautéed clams with garlic and white wine sauce, alongside stuffed crab and home made Portuguese sausage. With its colourful tiles and paintings inside, you’ll have to remind yourself you're in Asia.
There’s loads of other places to eat in Taipa Village, originally a fishing hamlet that’s hung on to its heritage architecture. O Manel is also in high demand, along with Litoral, much sought after for its Macanese dishes such as African Chicken, cod cakes and Minchi (steamed rice, fried mince meat and egg on top).
Step back to 1960’s Macau at Lung Wah Tea House in Old Macau, with its retro furniture and huge windows overlooking Red Market. If you want to eat like a local, small street-side eateries serve up claypot and hot pot meals alongside barbecued skewers.
For something truly special, investigate one of the 19 Michelin-starred restaurants in Macau. Dim sum (yum cha) at The 8 Restaurant (within the Grand Lisboa) and Wing Lei Palace (Wynn Palace Cotai), Wing lei (Wynn Macau) will leave you wanting more.
With Macau having recently having been designated a UNESCO Creative City for gastronomy, this is the place to let you taste buds go wild.
Fly Cathay Pacific, Virgin Australia or Qantas to Hong Kong with connecting TurboJetSea Express swift ferry service from either HKIA or from Hong Island or Kowloon to Macao (takes 1hr). Alternatively, shuttle bus across the new over-the-sea bridge linking Hong Kong with Macao (around 35 minutes). Also, fly via other Asian hubs into Macao International Airport (eg Xiamen Airlines via Xiamen from Sydney or Melbourne). Integrated Macao resorts and hotels offer free shuttle services from Macao or Taipa ferry terminals as well as Macao International Airport.
Street food will cost just a few dollars but if you want to spoil yourself head to a Michelin-starred restaurant. Though you’ll pay a little more, Macau still represents a ‘bargain’ for this kind of fine dining. Prices will vary depending on how many bottles of wine you order.
Your main challenge will be exercising restraint