Da San Ba Bakery
Da San Ba Bakery stands distinct from the swanky shopfronts with its unpretentious façade. The actual bakery sits opposite, churning out handcrafted almond biscuits with whole almonds. They are laid out to cool atop a weave basket where shopkeepers could be found handling out to onlookers as a taster. Another favourite is the chewy and smoky lard cakes filled with seeds or nuts. 15 Da San Ba Street, Macau. Tel: +853 2835 8414
Wu Lou Cha Lio Mei Sek
If there’s ever a reason to pop out of your hotel past midnight, it would be for Wu Lou Cha Lio Mei Sek’s roast meats. The nondescript store opens from 1.30am till late morning and offers plates overflowing with thick cut char siew, chicken and roast pork belly (from 2.30am). The accompanying ginger scallion dip is just as impressive as the meats. Ground floor, Lok On Building, Estrada Marginal do Hipódromo, No 125, R/C, Macau, China.
The eye-catching building dates to 1930 and is home to three floors of the region’s (including China) finest produce. Summer months of June to August will see the elusive Wampee fruit (named after its yellow skin). Coming in bunches, the grape-sized fruits have a jellylike pulp with a flavour akin to Champagne. There’s also a vast selection of dried sausages and seafood for those wanting to bring home a slice of Macau. 125 Avenida do Almeida Lacerda, Macau, China. Tel: +853 2821 0434
Yee Shun Dairy Company
For the best Double Steamed Milk dessert in Macau, head over to Yee Shun Dairy Company. It’s hidden along an alley but is worth the schlep. They use buffalo milk which highwater content delivers a robust flavour sans the cloying richness. A popular combination is the cold version with a dollop of sweet red beans. 381 Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro, Macau, China.
Tel: +853 2837 3104
Manuel Cozinha Portuguesa Father-and-daughter pair, Manuel and Palmira Pena has been running this traditional Portuguese restaurant for over 20 years. Their recipe for success? Its unassuming look into Portuguese home-cooking featuring the season’s best (courtesy of the nearby wet markets). Highlights include the codfish (in various styles), homemade cheese and an indulgent Baked Apple with Port Wine for dessert. 90 Rua de Fernao Mendes Pinto, Taipa, Macau, China. Tel: +853 2882 7571