Chan Chi Mei Choi Kun

(Last updated: June 3, 2024)

Chan Chi Mei Choi Kun literally translates into “True Taste Restaurant”, and there is absolutely no lying in that name! The best place to eat in Coloane Village, it also qualifies as of the best Chinese restaurants in all of Macau, right on par with Lei Hong Kei and Niu Ji on the old Peninsula.

Chan Chi Mei Choi Kun outside seating

Owned by the same person that runs Nga Tim, you can order food from both restaurants at both places, although Chan Chi Mei Choi Kun keeps stricter hours, only opening for lunch and dinner, while Nga Tim keeps going straight from noon to midnight.

Chan Chi Mei Choi Kun indoor seating

Given that I live right down the street, Chan Chi Mei Choi Kun has become my standard go to at night, which is why I’ve had so many of their dishes. Starting with their roast meat, three stand out in particular, all of which are superb: Braised Pigeon ($78), Crispy Braised Pork Brisket ($78), and Honey Sauce BBQ Pork ($68).

Chan Chi Mei Choi Kun Braised Pigeon
Braised Pigeon
Chan Chi Mei Choi Kun Crispy Braised Pork Brisket
Crispy Braised Pork Brisket

I started out loving the Honey Sauce BBQ Pork, or ‘cha shao’, but soon pivoted to the Pork Brisket later, basically ordering it every single time I went.

Chan Chi Mei Choi Kun Honey Sauce BBQ Pork
Honey Sauce BBQ Pork

The cha shao is more suitable for people dining in groups, given the rich heavy sauce that sometimes hits the stomach too hard.

I’m not as high on the Jelly Cut Chicken ($68) or Braised Duck with Black Pepper ($68), perhaps just down to personal preference. The waitress did tell me the duck is a lot better at lunch than at dinner, so only order it then.

Chan Chi Mei Choi Kun Jelly Cut Chicken
Jelly Cut Chicken
Chan Chi Mei Choi Kun Braised Duck with Black Pepper
Braised Duck with Black Pepper

Chan Chi Mei Choi Kun also serves all of these roasted meats in smaller portions, along with rice, for about $20 cheaper. For solo diners who aren’t gluttons like me, that very well could be the way to go!

Beyond the roast meats, many of their mains are masterful, with my personal top 5 favourites the Pork Ribs with Spicy Salt ($78), Yu-Shiang Eggplant in Casserole ($75), Steamed Pork with Preserved Vegetable in Casserole ($88), Sizzling Lamb with Cumin ($90), and Diced Chicken with Chili and Nuts ($75).

Chan Chi Mei Choi Kun Pork Ribs with Spicy Salt
Pork Ribs with Spicy Salt
Chan Chi Mei Choi Kun Yu-Shiang Eggplant in Casserole
Yu-Shiang Eggplant in Casserole
Chan Chi Mei Choi Kun Steamed Pork with Preserved Vegetable in Casserole
Steamed Pork with Preserved Vegetable in Casserole
Chan Chi Mei Choi Kun Sizzling Lamb with Cumin
Sizzling Lamb with Cumin
Chan Chi Mei Choi Kun Diced Chicken with Chili and Nuts
Diced Chicken with Chili and Nuts

Lamb isn’t very popular in Macau, which is one reason why I’m so happy to get it at Chan Chi Mei Choi Kun, while the Steamed Pork requires special instructions. Make sure you’re eating the fatty and lean meat at the same time, otherwise you’ll be missing out. Thanks to the waitress for telling me that, as I was absolutely eating it the wrong way before!

Chan Chi Mei Choi Kun Hand Shredded Chicken
Hand Shredded Chicken

Light and refreshing, the Hand Shredded Chicken 1/2 ($138) is so fresh it’ll make your head spin. In all likelihood steamed and then sparsely seasoned with ginger, garlic, coriander, and vinegar, just take care when you eat it since there’s a lot of little bones. Go too fast and you’ll be gagging outside among a gaggle of curious onlookers, which may or may not have happened to me.

The Fried Chicken Cubes with Preserved Tofu ($85) is better known as Lemon Chicken, a weird combo for sure, but one that just works. A favourite of the wait staff, add as much lemon as you like on top, with less probably preferable to more.

Chan Chi Mei Choi Kun Fried Chicken Cubes with Preserved Tofu
Fried Chicken Cubes with Preserved Tofu

Keeping it up, other dishes that are easily 4 stars or better include Sichuan Sautéed Sliced Pork with Pepper ($75), Sautéed Fresh Beans with Minced Pork and Olive Pickles ($68), Sautéed Pork Ribs in Sweet and Sour Sauce ($68), Sizzling Chicken in Black Bean Sauce ($85), and Sliced Beef in Hot Chilli Oil ($88).

Chan Chi Mei Choi Kun Sichuan Sautéed Sliced Pork with Pepper
Sichuan Sautéed Sliced Pork with Pepper
Chan Chi Mei Choi Kun Sautéed Fresh Beans with Minced Pork and Olive Pickles
Sautéed Fresh Beans with Minced Pork and Olive Pickles
Chan Chi Mei Choi Kun Sautéed Pork Ribs in Sweet and Sour Sauce
Sautéed Pork Ribs in Sweet and Sour Sauce
Chan Chi Mei Choi Kun Sizzling Chicken in Black Bean Sauce
Sizzling Chicken in Black Bean Sauce
Chan Chi Mei Choi Kun Sliced Beef in Hot Chilli Oil
Sliced Beef in Hot Chilli Oil

As for noodles, the Wet Stir Fried Noodles with Shredded Meat ($70) are far inferior to the Stir Fried Rice Noodles with Beef ($70), so just stick with the latter instead.

Chan Chi Mei Choi Kun
Stir Fried Rice Noodles with Beef
Chan Chi Mei Choi Kun Wet Stir Fried Noodles with Shredded Meat
Wet Stir Fried Noodles with Shredded Meat

Despite having tried so many dishes, I haven’t even gotten into any of their seafood yet, mostly scared of the price. A lot of it looks quite awesome though, from what I’ve seen walked out to other tables.

While the vast majority of dishes at Chan Chi Mei Choi Kun are top shelf, a few clunkers do disappoint, and we’ll get to those now. I’d stay away from all of the Steamed Spare Ribs with Black Olive and Pumpkin ($75), Stewed Mushrooms with Beef ($85), Fried Spare Ribs with Minced Garlic ($88), Steamed Eggplant with Dried Shrimps ($85), and Sautéed Beef with Bitter Melon ($88).

Chan Chi Mei Choi Kun Steamed Spare Ribs with Black Olive and Pumpkin
Steamed Spare Ribs with Black Olive and Pumpkin
Chan Chi Mei Choi Kun Stewed Mushrooms with Beef
Stewed Mushrooms with Beef
Chan Chi Mei Choi Kun Fried Spare Ribs with Minced Garlic
Fried Spare Ribs with Minced Garlic
Chan Chi Mei Choi Kun Steamed Eggplant with Dried Shrimps
Steamed Eggplant with Dried Shrimps
Chan Chi Mei Choi Kun Sautéed Beef with Bitter Melon
Sautéed Beef with Bitter Melon

Whether too oily, too strange, too unfortunate (yes, I mean you bitter melon), each one had an issue that sabotaged the outcome in some way.

Bowls of rice cost $8 and the staff are fun to chat and joke with, although only Chinese is going to work with them. The owner frequents the place and is hella respectful, occasionally indulging in blended whisky and occasionally not, while his brother (or brother in law), the venerable Feeling Wang, sometimes serenades the night away outside, belting out tunes on his guitar or erhu, in between the glasses of wine. On those warm Macau nights when it’s full, with the music and voices adrift in the air, amongst the picturesque backdrop that is Coloane Village, Chan Chi Kei Choi Kun can turn quite ambient and special, the handiwork of men nearly twice my age simply feeling good and having fun.

Don’t tell anyone, especially her boyfriend who works at Nga Tim, but my girlfriend is one of the waitresses there, the sweetest, kindest, most special one, who often can’t understand a word I say. On other days she seems disgusted by the amount of food I can eat, but that could be the secret of our connection and chemistry. During Spring Festival she was seriously ill and could barely talk, but is doing great now.

When I want Portuguese in Coloane Village, Espaco Lisboa is the easy call.  When the days change and I feel like Chinese, I turn left instead of right and hit Chan Chi Mei Choi Kun instead.  I don’t visit Sea View Coffee as much as I should, only because that’s more a venue for groups, instead of solo diners.  That’s to say, it’s not hard to pick a restaurant when you’re in Coloane Village, it all depends on what you want.  Chan Chi Mei Choi Kun is the clear choice for stupendous Chinese fare with their litany of great home style dishes.  Five star restaurants on this site are super rare, but there is simply little fault to find at this hidden Coloane Village gem.

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