On my first time visiting Macau and Hong Kong, I just realize that its just like heaven for foodie to taste many interesting local food. My journey was not only visiting main attraction in Macau and Hong Kong but also to visit interesting restaurant and food stalls around Macau and Hong Kong. Some of the food visited are authentic ones in that particular area. From signature egg tart of Macau until old rice noodle dish in Hong Kong had fulfill my passion as a foodie to write the delicious and must-try dishes.
So my journey will start from beautiful city of Macau. I will always love the city. Somehow, it has it’s own charm as Vegas at night but it reveals the authentic side during daylight where tourist taste good food, sip cup of coffee and feel old memories of the city.
Let’s start with Macau…
Tai Lei Loi Kei
Tai Lei Loi Kei is one of signature food with a long history started in 1968. The speciality dish of Tai Lei Loi Kei is the famous Pork Chop Bun.
The Pork Chop is smooth and serve in authentic taste that different with other pork chop. But be carefull on the bones inside that sometimes had sharp edge. In other hand, the bun was also delicious. It was not too crispy but soft one and still you can taste the artisan side of the bun was.
Nowadays, we can find the Tai Lei Loi Kei in some spots in Macau. One stall inside the Venezian Casino has become destination for local people to visit although for me, the pork bun is quite expensive one (68 HKD). It is worth to be tried when we are in Macau.
Lord Stow’s Egg Tart
So, here it is the famous egg tart of Macau. It has become one of the dish that you must try in Macau. Some may say that you have not been in Macau if you never taste the egg tart, especially the Lord Stow’s egg tart.
The Lord Stow’s egg tart started in Coloane Village at the southern of Taipa. There is still a small cafe of Lord Stow’s Cafe that always full of locals and tourist. It is a beautiful small cafe by the sea. Here, you can feel the old side of Macau while you eat the signature egg tart.
The egg tart has a perfect combination of salty, smooth and creamy taste inside. It will be perfect one to eat the egg tart with cup of tea or coffee. In my first visit, I buy 3 egg tarts (9 HKD/egg tart) and very tasteful Baileys Coffee costed 32 HKD.
Although, for a long time Lord Stow’s has become one of iconic egg tart of Macau, it is now have competitor so you must try it also, The Margareth’s egg tart.
Heard from my ex-colleagues that there is one famous egg tart in Macau, finally my itenerary in Macau bring me to the Margareth’s Cafe.
At first, I was questioning whether I have visit the correct Margareth’s Cafe or not because the location is at middle of residential. Not a clean environtment one and the access to the cafe is only small street. But my doubt was disappear along with the queuing of people wanting to buy pack of Margareth’s egg tart.
I heard that Margareth was wife of Lord Stow, man behind the famous Lord Stow’s egg tart. Margareth might learn how to make good egg tart from him and able to create the better one (it’s just my crazy hypothesis… lol)
The Margareth’s egg tart is costed 8 HKD/each. Me and my wife bought half dozen of its and done its for next 20 minutes. It was awesome taste egg tarts of Margareth’s Cafe.
For this ones, I must admit that the dishes are very delicious and very very pricy ones.
Seng Cheong restaurant is located in Taipa Village. It is a one of chinese and old restaurant around that area. I heard the famous dish is the salted egg King Prawn so I buy it. The funny story of visiting Seng Cheong is that the menu is only available in Chinese letters so we just point to some pictures of dish including the king prawn. From the menu, I assumed that the king prawn will be costed based on its’ weight because no number printed on the menu while the other dishes has number printed. So, I ordered the king prawn and one vegetable dish at that time. The salted egg king prawn was magnificent. It is very delicious one. But it has become ‘not too delicious’ once I know the price for the king prawn. It is costed 520 HKD for the salted egg king prawn while the vegetable is around 45 HKD. 🙂
Upon visiting the restaurant, I googled to find whether I have been scammed but I found out that the price for the king prawn dish is quite expensive and Seng Cheong has reputation as one of famous restaurant in Macau. The internet said that it was restaurant that visited by famous people or celebrity. (Maybe I will be one of it one day ;p )
Now, we are move to Hong Kong
It was first restaurant that I visited in Hong Kong. Found the place accidentally, but it is worth to be visited. Mak’s noodle is an old wonton noodles specialist restaurant since 1920. At present days, it has become chain restaurant spread over Hong Kong.
As special menu of Mak’s Noodle, the various wonton noodle menu are taste very recommended to be tried. The beef brisket noodle in soup is one of the delicious dish that you must try. The meat is soft and smooth while the soup is taste bit sweet but tasty. The other signature dish that I have tried is the signature wonton noodle in soup that more salty one but all dishes are delicious ones.
One of traditional dish of Hong Kong is the pineapple bun (although there is no pineapple jam inside or more over no pineapple taste from the bun).
I tried to taste the pineapple bun for first time was in Tsui Wah. It was nice one although I believe there are restaurants with authentic pineapple bun as their special menu. Tsui Wah serves many local food that worth to be tasted. The breakfast spicy pork cube with imstant noodle costed 39 HKD is one of it. It was very delicious one and recommended to be tried. The soup has unique and strong taste while the spicy pork cube is easy to be cutted.
N.O.T Specialty Coffee
Hong Kong is also known for its’ coffee shop. One of the famous coffee shop is NOT Specialty Coffee at Wan Chai. It is located at the front door of office building and usually in the morning will be full of locals visiting this place with friends or office colleagues. Although, NOT Specialty Coffee is small coffee shop but the taste of the coffee is huge. Serving the arabica coffee, the taste of the coffee is not too acidic.
Noodle has become a day to day dish in Hong Kong. Almost all restaurants have noodle dish to be served for their customer.
Chiu Hing restaurant is well-knowned for the fish ball with rice noodle. It is served in clean but tasty soup. Truly, it was delicious one while the fish balls is also magnificent.
The other dish that also very recommended to be tried is the beef brisket with rice costed 61 HKD. The taste of the beef brisket is fabulous. It was served with soup as companion.
Pork… is one of most served meat in China. Delicious Kitchen at Causeway Bay is one of restaurant that serve pork ribs in Hong Kong. It is located at shopping district in Causeway Bay area. According to one location finder apps, it has best rates among all but once we tried the pork ribs dish; it was too modern and just like ordinary pork ribs dish.
Not to special but okay for the pork ribs and eel dish. And seems a little bit expensive compare to the taste of the food.
It was a most visited restaurant during our first visit to Hong Kong. Not only because the taste of the food that very delicious but also the price is reasonable.
The other thing is the portion of the food is quite big so after eat usually our stomach will be full and ready to go to explore Hong Kong.
Tai Hing is also a chain restaurant that spread over Hong Kong. So you can easily find one of the restaurant in Hong Kong.
For breakfast, the recommended dishes is the self made glutinous rice with chicken (37 HKD) and luncheon meat and scramble eggs instant noodle (37 HKD). Bith dishes are served with options of milk tea or coffee. Recommended one to be tried.
Mc Donald’s Kowloon Park
Seems to familiar but the strawberry ice cream is recommended to be bought if you visiting Kowloon Park. Located at the middle of the park, we can buy ice cream at the McD small stall for 5 HKD.
Somehow, it was fit for us when we spend time in Kowloon Park 🙂
Nam Kee is one of the most established chain restaurant in Hong Kong. During my itenerary in Hong Kong, for couple times I have passed Nam Kee restaurant.
Therefore, I tried once in Causeway Bay near to our hotel. And it was quite nice for the spicy pork round rice noodle costed 38 HKD. There is self service order machine to be used and we will get the queuing number.
Pizza Express, HKIA
Sometimes to find place to eat when you are in HKIA is challenging, especially when it is peak hour at HKIA. Many restaurant will be full with people and the queue is long.
Pizza Express is one of restaurant that can be our best options if we do not want to wait too long or if we are starving.
The best dish to be tried for me is the baked dough balls served with garlic butter and basil pesto costed 48 HKD. Although, it is just a side dish but it is worth to be tried.