And so, here I am at my very last post for my Experience Macau travelogue series.
To end of the 4D3N trip to Macau, we did a last round of sightseeings before catching the flight homebound and of course, how can we do without food right? So here goes! 🙂
[Experience Macau May 2013]
19th May 2013 – Day 4
Eats in Coloane Village & Taipa Village
We were out at Coloane Village and after we turned the corner a short walk from the St. Francis Xavier Church, we arrived at Lord Stow’s Bakery! We were really lucky that we arrived at the store a split second earlier and managed to get hold of our egg tarts before the crowd surged over!
Lord Stow’s Bakery
Lord Stow’s Bakery is the brain child of Englishman, Andrew Stow and it first opened its doors for business on Coloane Island in late 1980s. It was a modest affair, a small village shop where Andrew runs with a philosophy that his produce must always be fresh, healthy, natural and of the highest possible quality. And the local people quickly took to his European produce.
During a trip to Portugal in the late 1980s also, Andrew become familiar with their popular Pasteis de Nata. He wanted to produce them for his customers but he doesn’t have the recipe and end up experimenting his own. And then, Lord Stow’s Bakery suddenly became famous for one item – Andrew’s egg tarts!
Some may wonder if the egg tarts are really that good and worth the special trip to the store down south in Coloane just to get the egg tarts. And I say…
Comparing to the various options we have locally, these Portuguese egg tarts from Lord Stow’s has got crust that is crispier, more buttery and fragrant and the custard was smooth and creamier with a lovely tinge of the flavor of eggs in it.
It is good but the best way to enjoy these egg tarts is to have them while they are still fresh from the oven. So my verdict will be YES! Make a trip down to the store if you are in Macau and enjoy them right out of the oven instead of waiting for someone to bring it home to you!
This is the first time I ever had authentic Portuguese cuisine and it was a great introductory meal to the Portuguese traditional dishes set in a cosy and homely dining space. I have a thing for clams cooked in white wine sauce and I love the Portuguese twist with additional lemon sauce. It’s definitely great as an appetizer!
And it’s not like we weren’t stuffed enough while we were at O’Manuel Cozinha Portuguesa, we proceeded to check out the famous PORK CHOP BUNS located in Taipa, Macau.
These signature pork chop buns were served simply with pork chops sandwiched between a choice of either crusty bread roll or soft bread. However, I don’t quite agree with the use of the crusty bread as it was hard and dry. But that sets a huge contrast between the crusty bread and the thick, juicy and tender slab of pork chop. The bread aside, the pork chop was nicely marinated and grilled to perfection!
And it was such a pity I forgot to give their milk tea a try after looking forward to it over the past few days! 🙁
Just for the records, we tried these egg white tarts with Bird’s nest topping from San Hou Lei too! Although they are in an entirely different league, I will still say that I rather have my money spend on more egg tarts from Lord Stow’s!
And with that, we arrived at our very last stop before heading over to the airport to catch our flight home!
The square in front of one of the most popular restaurants in Taipa, Cozinha Pinocchio and nearby to the Tin Hau Temple but we were there for neither the food at the restaurant nor a visit to the temple…
There and then, we ended our little escapade to Macau! Once again, I would like to express my heartfelt appreciation to Macau Government Tourist Office, Tiger Airways and OMY for the sponsorship for the great trip and allowing me to change my impressions of Macau!
More posts from Experience Macau May 2013 travelogue series:
- 16th May 2013 – City of Dreams & Beijing Kitchen
- 16th May 2013 – The House of Dancing Water 水舞間
- 17th May 2013 – Feast of the Drunken Dragon
- 17th May 2013 – Largo do Senado (Senate Square/ Senado Square)
- 17th May 2013 – Penha Church, Lilau Square, Mandarin’s House & A-Ma Temple
- 17th May 2013 – Carnival 3D Light Show @ The Venetian
- 18th May 2013 – Macau Tower & Bungy Jump
- 18th May 2013 – History, Culture, Art & Food of Macau all in a day!
- 19th May 2013 – Guia Lighthouse, Coloane Village and Taipa Village
- 19th May 2013 – Eats in Coloane Village and Taipa Village