Fifth of October Food Street
(Last updated: October 1st, 2023)
Every Saturday and Sunday night, Rua de Cinco Outubro (5th of October street) gets transformed into a lively street food market, complete with live music, games for children, and about 20 different stalls selling all manner of inexpensive Chinese eats.
As for what’s on offer, some of the stuff (that I could identify) included beef organs, kebabs, fish balls, fried squid, seafood, soup, buns, chicken wings, dumplings, fried noodles, and Chinese pancakes.
Most of it ranges in price from $10 to $45, with some of the more premium seafood dishes over $100.
On my bucket list for years before Covid derailed it, I finally got a chance to try it in June 2023.
And let’s just say, it could have gone a lot better! Similar to the Macau Food Festival, but only on a much smaller scale, the same problems exist on the Fifth of October Street, mostly boiling down to communication issues and not knowing what most of the food is.
After walking up and down the street a couple of times, I could hardly find anything that looked appealing enough to try. In a city where eating is a Top 10 Thing to Do, it’s pretty inexcusable that I had no interest in doing it here.
Hit up any establishment in my Street Food Guide for example, and they have the Fifth of October Food Street beat eight ways to Sunday.
We ended up trying four different stalls, starting with some fish balls ($10) and noodles ($20).
I didn’t expect much from the fishballs, and certainly didn’t get it, but was at least hoping for the noodles to taste good. They did not, suffering from a lack of seasoning and sauce. Perhaps sawdust is moister?
This pancake looked like it could be pretty good, but since it used eggs I had to take a pass. A shame, because it’s usually decent breakfast food in the north of China, jam packed with meat, green onions, and lettuce.
Moving along, I tried this interesting concoction of rice and chicken ($20), a combination I’d never seen before. Fresh rice and moist chicken is definitely something that we can get behind, except that neither were like that. Instead it tasted like something that had been baked too long, and had a sufficiently sickly texture to boot, due to the sticky rice.
Wang Jian went for some Octopus Balls ($20) next, a Japanese wheat based snack filled with octopus, ginger, and green onion. The balls are garnished with a type of Worcestershire sauce and mayonnaise, then sprinkled with green laver and bonito.
Extremely unauthentic, she found the sauce in particular far too salty, a common complaint with many of Macau’s dishes.
I finished it off with some fried squid for $35, and it was more of the same. You got to hit this type of food with the just right amount of sauce and pepper to make it work, otherwise it just feels like you’re chewing on rubber. Well, a side order of tires is not exactly how I wanted to end my night, but that’s exactly how it went!
The only positive part of the Food Street was the live music, with this pretty girl perhaps destined for flowers and fame in the near future. If you stop by just to catch a song or two of hers, it will be time well spent.
Apart from her, the Food Street was an utter disaster. There were problems piled on issues stacked on trouble, whether that was with language, quality, or just not knowing what most of the food was. We ended up spending $110 on five things, not one of which was any good. Probably fit for locals only, or the most adventurous of diners, it’s sadly some of the worst food I’ve ever had in Macau.