Local Snacks+ Back

A large part of local commerce revolves around shops that specialise in local snacks and they are ubiquitous in certain parts of the city.  Mainlanders invariably lug three or four big bags of it back across the border, singlehandedly keeping dozens of these businesses and shops afloat.  The snacks sold are quite diverse and most bakeries give out a generous amount of free samples so you can always do a taste test first to see what you like before buying anything.

Koi Kei Bakery and Choi Heong Yuen are the two most popular bakeries in town and their outlets are all over tourist friendly areas, in particular Senado Square, the road that leads up to St Paul’s, the Street of Happiness, Taipa Village and in various shopping Promenades in big Cotai Strip hotels like the Galaxy, City of Dreams and Venetian.  Koi Kei is the industry leader but I’ve always liked to go against the flow, so that's why I prefer Choi Heong Yuen instead.  All of the prices listed below came from their big shop on the road leading to St Paul’s, which is the outlet I always use.  I’d also like to thank them for allowing me to take pictures.

Here’s a quick overview of what I consider to be the best local snacks.


Egg Tarts


Two egg tart producers stand head and shoulders above the rest in Macau: Lord Stow’s Bakery and Margaret’s Cafe.  Arguments over whose egg tarts are better have been to known to end friendships, marriages, partnerships, start up companies and every other business relationship in between.  That's to say there is no definitive answer, the only way to know which one you prefer is to try both of them yourself and then make a decision.  Lord Stow's tarts are heavier and sweeter, not to mention the originals, so that's why I've always liked them more than Margaret's.






Almond Cookies

I find almond cookies to be way too dry, perhaps the thing to do is take them with tea.  They are available in numerous forms, which include: Almond Cakes with Filling ($56), Almond Cakes Original Recipe ($58), Almond Pastries ($58), “Sunny” Almond Cakes ($53), Almond Cakes Baked in Salt ($45), Almond Cakes with Walnuts ($38), Mini Almond Cake with Shredded Pork Jerky ($40), 1 Bite Almond Cakes with Pumpkin Seeds ($23).

My favourite of the bunch are the Almond Pastries, just be careful when you handle them so that they don’t break apart.

 a plate of almond cookies and almond pastries





Dried Meat

Dried meat is available in two primary flavours, Pork and Beef, and is sold by the pound.  Current prices are as follows: Black Pepper Prime Beef ($148), Curry Beef Jerky ($148), Black Pepper Prime Pork ($98), Spicy Beef ($98), Hot and Spicy Beef ($93), Roasted Piglet ($83), Hot and Spicy Pork ($75), Garlic Pork ($69), Honey Roasted Piglet ($69).

The meat needs to be refrigerated after purchase to ensure that it stays fresh.


dried meat at Choi Heong Yuen on St Paul's Street





Egg Rolls

These egg rolls are interesting treats, I like the one with Seaweed and Salmon for $50 the best.  Others flavours include Seaweed and Shredded Pork ($39), Vegetarian Egg Rolls with Seaweed ($39), Curry Phoenix with Shredded Pork Jerky ($36), and Phoenix Egg Rolls ($35).


a plate of seaweed and salmon egg rolls




Peanut Candies

Peanut Candies come in three flavours that all cost $39: Sesame, Black Sesame, and Coconut.  I usually buy the assorted box so I get all three of them.


sesame, black sesame and coconut flavored peanut candies






Nougat is the kind of food you try for the first time and then wonder where it's been all of your life, particularly the Blueberry ($55) and Almond ($55) flavors.  Rich, sweet and irresistable, it's heaven in a wrapper.  Coffee ($55) and Peanut ($43) are also available, but I don't think they're on the same level.


blueberry, almond and coffee flavored nougat






I liked seaweed a lot more than I thought I would.  Strangely good, it's kind of addictive too, like potato chips you start eating and then can't put down.  Seaweed comes in three flavours that all cost $46: Original, Hot and Spicy and Wasabi. 


original flavor strips of seaweed





Assorted Cookies

Walnut Cookies ($48), Mini Walnut Cookies ($39), Cashew Cookies ($46), Abalone Pastries ($58), Oatmeal Pastries ($58).

Walnut Cookies are the definite star here.  If you buy any Macau snack, buy that.


a plate of four Walnut cookies





Assorted Cakes

Lotus Seed Cakes ($48), Pineapple Short Cake ($41), White Sugar Cake ($29), Brown Sugar Cake ($29), Parched Rice Cakes ($39), Garden Cakes ($29).


I personally like Sweet Heart Cakes with Winter Melon Paste ($48) the most, and they're pictured on the left.


a plate of three Sweet heart cakes with watermelon paste


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