This story for the SCMP was a joy to put together as it includes all my favourite things – food, history and culture. You can read the piece here. Macanese cuisine has so many similarities to Singapore’s Eurasian food, along with Peranakan food, thanks to the bustling trade routes and influences from Portugal and its […]
A piece I wrote for Travel2Next, exploring the history and stories behind Macanese desserts and Portuguese ones that are mainstays on the menu.
One of the oldest authentic Macanese cuisine spot in Macau, Riquexo meaning Rickshaw in Portuguese was started by centenarian Dona Aida de Jesus. She still hangs out at her little restaurant everyday, say hello to the grand dame who doesn’t look a day over 70. She is usually seated right by the cash register, usually […]
I have been meaning to dine at the IFT Educational Restaurant for a while and finally got down to it. IFT is the vocational training school to prepare Macau students for the world of hospitality and a career in the culinary arts. I’m an adjunct lecturer there, but haven’t been involved in their cooking training and […]
Macanese cuisine is an intoxicating mix of Portuguese, Chinese, Indian, Goan, Malay as well as African culinary influence, but sadly it’s often misunderstood to be purely a fusion cuisine of Portuguese and Chinese and signature dishes that everyone writes about and comes to Macau to eat is the pork chop buns (which isn’t Macanese food) […]
Here’s my piece in full length and the shortened version on Cha Gordo on the SCMP here. Chá-Gordo translates to “Fat Tea” from Portuguese and was a regular gourmand affair for big Macanese families to celebrate catholic holidays (carnevale, Easter and saints days), weddings, a baby’s Christening or birthdays. It has become a rare […]