6 Must-Try Street Eats in Macau

6 Must-Try Street Eats in Macau

Macau is often referred to as the Vegas of the East, and while it is decked out in casinos, there’s also so much more. I already talked about how to spend one day in Macau seeing both the culture and casinos, but I didn’t really touch on the food.

Oh, the food. Street food runs rampant in Asia, and in Macau is no exception. While a lot of the food is the same as in Hong Kong and China, you can also find exotic East-meets-West flavors thanks to Macau’s Portuguese roots. And you want to know the best part about these delicious blends? Most of them come in the form of desserts!

So if you find yourself in Macau, Here are 6 Must-Try Street Eats.

1) Portuguese Egg Tart


The most famous street food in Macau would have to be pastel de nata, or Portuguese egg tarts. Credited to bringing Portuguese-styled egg tarts to Asia in the 1980s, Lord Stow’s Bakery is said to make the best around. Egg tarts can be found all across Asia, but the Portuguese version is definitely king. With its top caramelized like creme brûlée, this was one famous Macau treat we had to try.

2) Double Skin Steamed Milk Pudding


Made using only whole milk, egg and sugar, this sweet dessert can be enjoyed hot or cold. I ordered mine hot and minutes later a bowl of wobbly coagulated milk was placed in front of me. I was a little skeptical, but I took my spoon and skimmed the top layer. I was worried it would have an egg-like taste, similar to that of egg tarts made with only egg whites, but to my pleasant surprise I didn’t taste egg at all. It tasted purely like warm, sugary milk. Yum!

3) Almond Cookies


Tied for my favorite street eat, these cookies are the most popular souvenir from Macau for a reason. They are made by hand with the mixture being pressed firmly into wooden molds, roasted over a charcoal oven and then slapped on a table for the individual cookies to be released. The texture is very fine and will begin to crumble at the mere touch, and the taste is like shortbread with almonds. I think I’m particularly fond of these cookies because they remind me of cookies my mother always used to make for Christmas!

4) Serradura


My other favorite Macanese snack is serradura, meaning ‘sawdust’ in Portuguese. But don’t let the name throw you off. As a pudding hater myself and a probable hater of sawdust, although these words are in its name, it’s merely just finely crushed biscuits layered with tons of sweetened whipped cream. The airy texture of the cream mixes perfectly with the ‘sawdusty’ texture of the biscuits. Pure heaven!

5) Pork and Beef Jerky


Known as bakkwa, this Chinese dried meat product is similar to what westerners would call jerky. Most commonly found in beef and pork, you can also find more exotic meats such as boar and ostrich. Although this snack has a naturally savory-sweet flavor, you can find a variety of added spices or marinades. You’ll find these shops all over Macau, with the employees waiting outside, eager to cut you a sample with their giant scissors!

 6) Pork Chop Bun


The most simple of Macau street food would have to be the pork chop buns, or “piggy buns”. The name of this snack says it all because it’s simply a pork chop on a plain bun; no lettuce, sauce or other surprises– but trust me, they aren’t needed. The buns are toasted until crispy on the outside but remain soft on the inside, and the freshly fried pork chop is juicy and tender. The best part? These buns are all fresh and made to order!


Have you tried any of these treats? Which would you like to try?



  1. March 3, 2015 / 12:46 am

    There’s a show that discovers street cart food from all over the world and I think Macau was one of the destinations. I’m always open to trying new foods and can’t wait until my family can Travel a lot more.

    • Beth Williams
      March 6, 2015 / 1:07 pm

      That’s awesome. I haven’t heard of that show; will have to look it up!

  2. CourtneyLynne
    March 2, 2015 / 7:51 am

    That’s always the interesting part when traveling…. Most of the time I love trying new foods, but once in awhile omg…. I’ve been to afew countries where I was just like wow…. And sat in my chair trying not to freak out lol…. These foods all seem “normal” lol….

    • Beth Williams
      March 2, 2015 / 8:56 pm

      Haha most of these foods are quite normal, but delicious!

  3. February 27, 2015 / 3:32 pm

    Awesome foods! I would love to travel, but I’d have to bring my own food. I would like to try the #4 desert though, that looks delightful.

    • Beth Williams
      March 2, 2015 / 8:56 pm

      Do you have food allergies?

  4. Natalie
    February 27, 2015 / 1:44 am

    All these look to be really tasty.. I love me some almond coookies, those are so awesome. The beef jerky is huge, I really love that as a snack as well. Now I want to go to Macau for the food alone, lol. Now I’m hungry at 3am lol

    • Beth Williams
      March 2, 2015 / 8:55 pm

      The almond cookies are unlike any almond cookies I’ve had before. They crumble away in your mouth and they’re just so good!

  5. February 27, 2015 / 12:03 am

    All of these places to eat look amazing!!! I have never heard of an egg tart before. I love finding new foods to try when we travel this is a great list of foods from Macau!

    • Beth Williams
      March 2, 2015 / 8:54 pm

      Egg tarts taste a bit like custard in mini pie crusts. Give it a try someday if you can!

  6. February 26, 2015 / 8:02 pm

    Those are some interesting food items. I definitely like to try the local cuisine when traveling as I view it as part of the overall experience. However, there are some times when I just want to eat familiar dishes, too.

    • Beth Williams
      March 2, 2015 / 8:53 pm

      I get that. Luckily, Macau has plenty of familiar foods too.

  7. February 26, 2015 / 1:26 pm

    This looks so interesting. I am a lover of desserts so the almond cookies, and the ‘sawdust’ definitely caught my attention. But the pork chop bun would appeal to my husband as would the jerky.

    • Beth Williams
      March 2, 2015 / 8:53 pm

      The desserts there are AMAZING!!

  8. August 12, 2013 / 12:42 pm

    Yum! Why do I always read foodie posts when I’m hungry?!

    • Beth Williams
      August 12, 2013 / 6:24 pm

      It’s just as hard to write food posts when you’re hungry!

  9. August 11, 2013 / 4:21 pm

    Hi Beth! Yet another great post.. this time a mouthwatering one. I have been to Macau and funnily I’ve tried almost everything on the list except the milk pudding and serradura (not big on sweets). I liked those jerky ones with congee. Yumyum!

    • Beth Williams
      August 12, 2013 / 6:23 pm

      Ohhh, haven’t tried putting the jerky into congee, but that sounds like a fantastic idea!