2018 Macau Year of Gastronomy

Macau received acclaimed UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy recognition at the end of 2017, while at the beginning of 2018 the Macao SAR Government unveiled the 2018 Macau Year of Gastronomy, triggering a four-year action plan involving various initiatives.

An array of action plans will unfold in order to preserve and revive the city’s cultural legacy with elements of gastronomy the key enhancers.

Macau is renowned for its flavour-blending culture. The city has everything tourists expect – and don’t expect! – to taste, whether that be Portuguese cuisine, Thai cuisine, Indonesian cuisine, Vietnamese cuisine, Chinese cuisine or the unique Macanese cuisine.

Unique macanese cuisine

Must-try Macanese cuisine is a kind of fusion cuisine. When the Portuguese arrived in Macau 400 years ago they brought with them the spices of Africa, India and Malaysia. It was then a short step to cooking Chinese produce and imported ingredients together to create a new and unique cuisine called Macanese cuisine.

Famous Macanese dishes include African Chicken (chicken covered in a peanut, tomato and chili sauce) and Pastéis de Bacalhau (fried salty cod ball). Crabs and clams cooked with curry or white wine are also a favourite with Chinese people and can be found in many Macanese restaurants.

In addition to savouries, desserts like Portugese egg tarts and Serradura (sawdust pudding) are also scrumptious.

More delicacies can be found here…

Whether enjoying enticing dim sum in an old teahouse or having fresh seafood in the restaurants, each is a good way to explore this city. Or just wandering through the lanes to blaze your food trail of pork chop buns, coconut ice cream, fishballs, almond cookies and countless snacks will definitely satiate your appetite and test your palate.

From local Cantonese dining to upscale fine dining restaurants, Macau has cemented its status as a buzzing, dynamic gastronomic city in Asia.

One of the leading culinary destinations in the world, Macau has 65 restaurants named in Michelin Guide Hong Kong and Macau 2018 – including two three-starred restaurants, five two-starred restaurants, and eleven one-starred restaurants. If you plan to start out on a star food tour, don’t forget to make reservations in advance!