Long Wa

(Last updated: October 25, 2023)

For fully translated Long Wa menus, please scroll to the end.

Macau’s oldest remaining teahouse is a local treasure and should be given Heritage Site Status by the United Nations, if they indeed award them to businesses.

A blast from the past and just a trip to be in, Mu Yi and I had a fine lunch there during Trip Report II.  For more details, please follow the link: Long Wa.

Ladies and gentlemen, you usually can’t get this stuff no more!

For more recent pictures, you can also visit the Photobook.  Spoiler alert…  nothing has changed at all!!

Dim Sum Menu

Ever since finally landing full-time in Macau, I’ve been visiting Long Wa once a week for a dim sum lunch.  They currently offer 13 different kinds, of which I’d only recommend 6.

Long Wa dim sum menu
Dim Sum Menu

Each piece of dim sum costs the same thing ($30), but be forewarned!  It often takes around 20 to 25 minutes before any of it reaches your table. Quality runs the gamut, so it’s very important to choose correctly.  Generally speaking, if it’s a big floury ball of something, you don’t want it.

Long Wa Honey Glazed Barbecue Pork
Honey Glazed Barbecue Pork (蜜汁叉烧饱)

Their Honey Glazed Barbecue Pork sounds like it should be great but it’s just way too dry.  At least with this one you get some moisture from the meat, but it’s still insufficient (2/5).

Long Wa Custard Buns
Custard Buns (奶黄包)

The Custard Buns and Purple Sweet Potato Buns were both so bad that I couldn’t even finish them (0/5).

Long Wa Purple Sweet Potato Buns
Purple Sweet Potato Buns (香滑紫薯包)

The Sweet Potato Buns in particular were down bad nasty, with a gross smushy texture that was vaguely sweet yet hot and dry at the same time.  Perhaps made for the Asian market in mind, I seriously doubt many Westerners will like them.

Long Wa Mala Cake
Mala Cake (传统马拉糕)

Mala Cake (2/5) is a traditional spongy Chinese cake that Long Wa does quite well.  Soft and scrumptious, it is missing one crucial element though – icing!  Without it, it’s incomplete, and I dare say, pretty pointless.  Neither a dessert nor a proper dish, it’s stuck in no man’s land.

A trio of dim sum (Curry Money Cow Tripe, Garlic Steamed Pork Ribs and Sauce Fried Chicken Feet) all score 3/5 and could be good fallback options if other better ones are already sold out.

Long Wa Curry Money Cow Tripe
Curry Money Cow Tripe (咖喱金钱肚)

Tripe is edible lining from the stomach of various farm animals, and it looks as disgusting as it sounds.  Fortunately it doesn’t taste that bad, just done in by sauce that’s too spicy, which conflicts with the tea somewhat.

Long Wa Teahouse Macau garlic steamed pork ribs
Garlic Steamed Pork Ribs (蒜香蒸排骨)

The steamed pork ribs aren’t any great exceptional cut of meat, and that goes double for the chicken feet!  Neither are my preferred style of dish, only ordering both of them once.

Long Wa Teahouse sauce fried chicken feet and tangerine peel beef buns
Sauce Fried Chicken Feet (酱汁炸凤爪) and Tangerine Peel Beef Buns (陈皮牛肉球)

So far that’s 7 dim sum that have been destroyed, but don’t despair!  The last 6 come highly recommended, starting with your choice of 3 big bodacious meat balls that are as fresh and they are tasty (Tangerine Peel Beef Buns, Steamed Pork Dumplings, Dace Fish Balls).

Long Wa Teahouse steamed pork dumplings
Steamed Pork Dumplings (鲜肉烧卖)

I don’t have any opinion on which one is better; it’s one of those situations where you can’t go wrong with any of them.

Long Wa Fresh Dace Fish Balls
Fresh Dace Fish Balls (新鲜鲮鱼球)

The last three dim sum are my personal favourites, starting off with two chicken selections.

Long Wa Shiitake Mushroom Steamed Chicken
Shiitake Mushroom Steamed Chicken (北茹蒸滑鸡)

The addition of the mushrooms puts the Steamed Chicken on top for me, which is why I prefer it a little over the Spicy Curry Chicken.

Long Wa Spicy Curry Chicken
Spicy Curry Chicken (春辣咖喱鸡)

Regardless both dishes are extremely tasty and prepared in a way I’d term as “correct”,  something I can’t exactly say for a few of the previous selections.

Saving the best for last, may I present to you cow tripe, otherwise known as beef stomach.

Long Wa Peanut Fresh Cow Tripe
Peanut Fresh Cow Tripe (花生鲜爽肚)

Yes, it is safe to eat, and yes it is strangely delicious.  The sauce just goes so well with the tea that I can’t help but choose it every time.  Plus where else in the world are you going to ever order something like this??  I promise it won’t bite, and that you’ll probably like it way more than you expect to!

Main Menu

With the dim sum down, I’d like to translate their main menu, which has a lot of intriguing dishes on it, at least from what I’ve seen on other people’s tables.

Northern Mushroom Soup Noodles  北菇汤面  ($78)

Vegetable Noodle Soup  净菜汤面  ($58)

Beef Brisket Noodle Soup  牛腩汤面  ($78)

Black Bean Sauce Bone Soup Noodles  豉汁骨汤面  ($78)

Slippery Beef Noodle Soup  滑牛汤面 ($78)

Smooth Pork Noodles  滑肉窝面 ($130)

Bone Pit Surface  炆骨窝面 ($130)

House Noodles  龙华窝面 ($130)

Fried Noodles with Curry Pork Slices  咖喱肉片炒面 ($86)

Fried Noodles with Black Bean Pepper Pork Chops  豉椒肉排炒面 ($86)

Northern Mushroom Silver Bud Fried Noodles  北菇银芽炒面 ($82)

Fried River with Smooth Egg and Beef  滑蛋牛肉炒河 ($86)

Northern Mushroom Stir-Fried Beef  北菇牛肉炒河 ($86)

Fried Noodles with Black Pepper and Beef Brisket  豉椒牛腩炒面 ($86)

Xingzhou Fried Rice  星洲炒米 ($82)

Fried Noodles with Shredded Pork  肉丝炒面 ($82)

Dry Fried Beef  干炒牛河 ($82)

Chicken Rice (Plate $86, Bowl $80) 切鸡饭 (碟$86,碗$80)

White Rice 白饭  ($15)

Ginger and Scallion Chicken ($250 Piece, $130 Half, $90 Regular Size)  姜葱油鸡 (一只$250.半只$130,例$90)

Egg Beef Rice  窝蛋牛肉饭 ($86)

Shredded Pork and Rice 肉丝银芽饭  ($82)

Furong Egg Rice  芙蓉蛋饭 ($82)

Fried Beef Rice  生炒牛肉饭 ($86)

Yangzhou Fried Rice 杨州炒饭 ($86)

Pan Fried Furong Egg  香煎芙蓉蛋 ($96)

Stir-fried Beef with Curry  咖喱炒牛肉 ($96)

Stir Fried Northern Mushrooms 菜远炒北菇  ($96)

Red Braised Beef Brisket 红炆牛腩  ($96)

Braised Pork Steak with Black Bean Sauce  豉汁炆肉排 ($96)

Ginger and Scallion Oil Rice 姜葱油饭  ($52)

Fried Pork Slices  菜远炒肉片 ($96)

Stir-Fried Beef with Black Pepper 豉椒炒牛肉  ($96)

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