Macanese cuisine

Macanese cuisine is unique to Macau, China, 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.


Almond Cakes – Macau style

Almond cake is a type of Chinese pastry. In Macau, the snack has been one of the most popular specialty products. The biscuit is one of the most standard pastries in Canton, and can also be found in some Chinatown bakery shops overseas.

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Galinha à Africana – African Style Chicken from Macau

Galinha à africana (African-style chicken, literally African-style hen), often known as frango assado (barbecued chicken) is a dish of Portuguese cuisine, which is a barbecued chicken coated with spicy piri piri sauce.

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Galinha à Portuguesa – Portuguese-style Chicken

Galinha à Portuguesa or “Portuguese-style Chicken” (葡國雞) is a dish of Macanese cuisine. Despite its name, Galinha à Portuguesa did not originate from Portugal as such; rather it came from Macao, where the dish was given the “Portuguese” name to enhance its status.

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Macanese Cuisine

Macanese cuisine is unique to Macau, China, 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.

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Macanese Minchi

Minchee, or minchi, is a Macanese dish based on minced or ground meat. It is made with beef and/or pork and flavoured with molasses and soy sauce. Served with a fried egg on top it is Minchee Chow Dan.

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Minchee Chow Dan

Minchee is a Macanese dish based on minced or ground beef and/or pork and flavoured with oyster and soy sauce, served with a fried egg on top.

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Pastel de Nata – Portuguese Egg Tart Pastry

The simple recipe has had various alterations in the Portuguese pastelarias (pastry shops) and padarias (bakeries), in the shape of the pastry cup and the filling. One of these methods includes making the custard in a bain-marie (a bowl over boiling water) rather than combining all the ingredients at once in a saucepan. Some prefer the cream slightly curdled to give it a rustic appearance and unusual texture.

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Pork Floss – Rousong

Pork floss is a seasoned, shredded dry pork food with cottony texture. Its usage is very versatile. It can be used as topping for congee or filling for sushi rolls, breads and pastries. It also can be eaten as snack.

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