It was October 1st, the handover day. Our visitor has a day off, and he has pretty much been to everywhere in Hong Kong. So we decided to let him experience one of the most popular (i.e. nearest haha!) destination Hong Kongers go for short getaways....MACAU!
Macau might be known to some people as...
- Asia's version of mini Las Vegas, a heaven for God of gambler wannabes
- (Fortunately and unfortunately?) A hub of the most beautiful young girls from the region...who are available for...a chat? (I certainly hope so)
- A small Chinese city with beautiful Portuguese influenced architecture, which made it swamped with photographer (and model) wannabes. Tripods, tripods, over/underexposed, blurry pictures everywhere ^_^
....but most importantly, to us....it's a place where we'll never go hungry.
We were only there for a day trip...and we were torn between Chinese or Portuguese lunch. We went for Wong Chi Kei's noodle shop as our experienced traveler friend, Foodaholiv, has NOT tried this super famous shop!
Plus, the long queue was kinda convincing...which was essential to impress our visitor from Bangkok, Mr. Job ^_^
When ordered this bowl of tasty beef brisket rice noodle soup. The soup was tasty, the meat was tender, and the rice noodles were satiny smooth.
We certainly had the famous dry egg noodles with wontons. The noodles were delightfully chewy, and the little wontons were just perfectly succulent!
...and these are fried wontons like no other. The crispy skin was light and fluffy, and the shrimp fillings was just right. The sweet and sour dip completed the dish. We, the ever so talkative group was once silent as we were enjoying this meal.
Foodaholiv wanted to try these deep fried fishballs. I never tried these bad boys before, but glad I did! Cos these were the BEST deep fried fishballs I've ever tried so far. Crunchy on the outside, perfectly bouncy on the inside. I loved the corriander touch and the salty clam dip.
The city is well known for its crab congee. Although it is not what Wong Chi Kei is famous for, but they did this beautifully too! You probably don't fancy getting your hands dirty or spitting crab shell pieces outta your mouth (just like how the locals)....but the congee itself is sooo infused with the crab's fragrant scent and sweet flavor....you don't even have to eat the meat to enjoy it.
Wong Chi Kei Noodle
1. Largo do Senado
2. Travessa de Cinco de Outubro 51, R/C, Macau (Tel. +853 2892 2271)
G/F 15B Wellington Street, Central. Hong Kong (Tel. +852 3559 1025)
We moved across the bridge to the other side, Taipa village and checked out the Discovery Travel and Living featured kinda famous snack shop, Tai Lei.
There was again, a queue (naturally)...and before I knew it, I was standing in line, although my travel pals were all saying that they were stuffed. At the end of the snaking queue...we were all ready to try whatever it is that made us queue all the way to the front ^_^ under Macau's unforgiving, scorching heat.
The place is famous of its pork chop buns, which were served in either a foccacia-esque buns or sweet topped ("pineapple") buns. When it was our turn to order, the pineapple buns were gone (of course!) and we just ordered the normal versions. Please excuse the blurry pictures...it was hot, I was eager to try the buns, my hands were shakin', the place was dark , my friends were shooting me impatient looks...(and all other lame excuses I can't think of hehe)
For a little entertainment, let's play "Where's Rita?"
We moved on to Rua da Cunha (Food Street), taking lots of pictures along the way to whet our appetite....
...here you can find local treats to take home, such as Chinese cookies, pastries, candies, barbecued meat snacks, nougat, and even wine! Pastelaria Koi Kei, one of the famous snack shops, has an outlet here too. Now, go on...start shopping!
We bought various barbecued meat snacks...to enjoy during the firework display competition later
I just watched the skillful chef doing his thing...cos I know I am not really into the cookies, despite always being ended up buying some hehe
I sampled some...just to make sure that I really really do not want to buy some and won't regret it later :p
I love quaint little old shops like these...the wall and floor tiles are still authentic!
My pals Foodaholiv and Ken craved sweetness and couldn't resist these puddings and jellies
So, we sampled this muk hong pudding...it tastes like vanilla pudding with Chinese cookie crumbs topping
...and a bowl of sweet egg pudding
It's time to bid our adieu to Taipa's food street as we move on to hit the casinos...not to gamble!
Knowing us, (God of eaters wannabes-- not gamblers)...we'll probably end up gobbling down more food than winning some money hehe