There is no way Hong Kong-ers can fly to Las Vegas within a 4-day long weekend. But, Macau seems alright with our busy work schedules. Macau, a small peninsula located across the pearl delta from Hong Kong, is a very popular destination for not only tourists from overseas, but also HongKongers for a small weekend getaway. Most people come here for some gambling and clubbing. but for us piggies, we thought it would be great chance to indulge in some local delicacies.
To start off our trip, we went for a small bite after we arrived in the City of Dreams for our House of Dancing Water tickets, and just right outside the theatre, we were drawn into Jin Ying (金映閣). They serve mainly Cantonese Cuisine, when you wonder into the restaurant, you’ll see their exquisite decor of traditional hand-painted pillars, traditional with a hint of hybrid cuisine. Their menu includes a lot of timeless classics, some local Macau foods, dim sum and some seafood delights. For a quick bite before the show, we opted for some famous local delicacies – Macanese Crab Congee (MOP $198) and Black Chicken Dumpling Soup (MOP $68).
We gave the Crab Congee a rating of 3/5 here, because we find this a little overpriced for the quality of this congee. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t that exquisite either. However, we really enjoyed the black chicken dumpling soup, it certainly feels like the soup was brewed for hours with lots of Chinese herbs, served with some steaming dumplings (rating 3.5/5). I have never been a person that loves coriander, unfortunately these dumplings are served with a bit too much coriander to my liking, but overall, for the price and for the quality, I think this was a nice quick bite before the show.
After watching the breathtaking House of Dancing Water show, we strolled along the City of Dreams and stumbled into the Soho Dining area, this is really fascinating, as most Soho areas in other countries are on real streets, whilst this one is located inside a mall, with stylish street decors.
….then we got hungry while strolling inside the Soho area and decided to go for some smaller portions of Tapas for a quick dinner.
We ordered the Sangria Infused Watermelon Salad (MOP$25), I had really high expectations of this, as a person that really enjoyed my time in Spain with jugs of Sangria next to me on the beach, but as it turns out, it’s simply some ice-cold watermelon cuts with sangria poured over it, I didn’t taste any sangria infused inside the watermelon; we gave it a ratings of 1/5, simply for the creativity, but we still couldn’t decide if it was a good mix.
We tried a couple more tapas, such as the Tenderloin Steaks with Madeira and Duck foie gras sauce (MOP$50). They might be worried it will be overcooked or something because the meat just wasn’t heated enough, but I really prefer hot foods served when they are still steaming hot to ensure the quality. Nevertheless, I quite like the duck foie gras sauce of this dish, so we rated it a 2.5/5.
The Spanish Sardine Tapas (MOP$35) would definitely be my favourite in comparison to the other tapas we ordered, even though the portion is small, but the salmon roes on top really brings out the sardine saltiness, it was a nice small bite to start a proper dinner (rating: 3.5/5)
The Francesinha (Portugese croque Madame) (MOP$40) is another one of our favourites, it has a really pretty presentation and looks like a perfect comfort food for are really cold day. I like how this was served with some lays crisps for dipping, but the sauce was way too salty, too overpowering, if the sauce was properly seasoned, we would have given it a much higher rating than a 3.5/5.
On our last day, we went to皇冠小館 (Wong Kung Sio Kung), near the Ruins of St Pauls, this authentic restaurant has been on our must-go list. The Restaurant is decorated with simple cantonese decor – cha chaan teng style, with many friendly faces in there, especially one of the older staff there, who saw us with two luggages, and ushered us into one of the more spacious booth to make sure we were seated comfortably, then also explained about the three famous dishes they have – the curry crab (which we felt we were too full to have but will definitely try next time), the Macanese Crab Congee ($280) for two and the Shrimp Roe Stir Noodles ($78).
The Shrimp stir fry noodles was delicious and we gave it a rating of 4/5. I find the noodles itself a bit too dry, but the shrimp roe certainly tastes amazing. Not to mention, the soup that is so tasteful and totally goes with the dry noodles. I really liked how whilst Macau was booming over the years with casinos, some streets and some restaurants are still kept the same. This gives a sense of belonging and reminiscence of the old Hong Kong streets.
This congee was way better than the one we had the day before, definitely seems as if it was brewed for hours, the congee itself was infused with the saline taste of the crabs, with strong flavour, definitely deserves a 4/5 ratings. I find this really nice and yummy and would definitely go back again.
Check out my travel photo diary of Macau here ; there are some information about the Macallan Whisky Bar in the Galaxy as well for whisky lovers!
Well that’s all for now! Catch you later lovelies.