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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.

Red Mar­ket

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

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