Rua do Cunha, Macau (Day 5)

After a fairly interesting period of gambling at the Venetian Macao during the earlier half of the day, we decided to travel to the other part of Taipa, Macau which is famous for its culinary delights – Rua do Cunha.

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When you arrive at the place, there would be two rival bakeries immediately vying for your undivided attention and wallet contents: at the right, the Koi Kei Confectionary billboard features Hong Kong TVB actor, Edwin Siu (of which the TVB serial, Brother’s Keeper is currently airing in HK as well, and the story is inspired by the real life experience of Koi Kei’s founder, Leong Chan Kuong); and ‘Choi Heong Yuen Bakery’ on the left with another zany advert of a boy and some dude (carrying the kid).

I’m only saying this as comparison but Koi Kei certainly seems more popular in Macau, judging by the astounding presence of its number of stores and customers all over the famous tourist spots.

Taking a sharp right turn from the above pic, here’s a look at the road where we are actually heading to:

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We are going to ‘San Hou Lei’ which is located on the same street. Honestly, I was getting pretty tired of having any more pork buns but my brother assured me that SHL’s version is worth a shot.

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One of the owners of SHL was playing with a kid.

Macau seemed more chillax than in HK. This doesn’t mean that all Macau people are more friendly, though. Some also seem to have their own peculiar moods and other idiosyncrasies – but it’s more of taxi and bus drivers displaying such curt behaviour.

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Take a closer look at the shopsign. It seems quite unique that most shops in Macau still display the trade name in Portuguese which facilitates me doing further research on the place while writing this piece.

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The smiley and knowing look on one of the waiters confirms that they have seen their fair amount of shutterbugs all the time. There are more seats inside if you would like an air-conditioned setting.

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Mmm, bird’s nest egg tart. Not very flavourful but quite a novelty to enjoy.

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Regular Portuguese egg tarts. I don’t find it any different than the Koi Kei variety but nonetheless, still as tasty as any that one could find in this enclave.

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More pork chop buns. I must admit that this version tastes pretty good. At first look, it does appear to be quite dry, but it’s not. Another thumbs up, despite me consuming its relatives for almost three occasions in a row. Best of all, the serving is rather big, so those with smaller appetites may want to share this. The health-conscious and weight-watcher may want to dab the oil first before attacking the meat proper.

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We were there for the wonton noodles as well.

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I know that I ‘m partial to the wonton noodles from ‘Mak Man Kee Noodle Shop’ but in this respect, this doesn’t even come close to challenging the HK version, which is more like the Malaysian ‘kon loh’ kind – dark sauce, more meat than shrimp wonton, very dry noodles.

I don’t find it bad, just not exceptionally tasty. The serving is quite big as well, so it’s not really all that bad. This came recommended from my brother as well who was raving to us about it since last year, but I think he got it all wrong there. Maybe I was indeed spoiled by Mak Man Kee such that it’s hard for me to agree with him on this one.

We then left the place for more gambling at the Hard Rock Hotel and returned to Rua do Cunha at about 7:30 p.m. to enjoy dinner at another famous place, ‘Seng Cheong’, which is located within the same narrow street as depicted in the first picture above.

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We heard that this place is most famous for its crab porridge, so we ordered the smaller serving.

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The crab porridge serves 2-3 persons and costs MOP150.00. It tastes alright, I suppose, but nothing in it screams special. I should add that I’m not a fan of rice congee, so it’s probably just me.

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Green pepper chicken. This is quite good, although the meat is rather dry.

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This is something special – pacific clams with fresh broccoli. Best of all, it’s quite cheap at MOP150.00 as well. The clams probably came from a certain tin can but we don’t really mind as the greens were very fresh.

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This is also another dish worthy of your attention – beancurd pieces with dried scallops. The combination goes very well with white rice.

‘Seng Cheong’ is also a popular dining spot, so you may have to come a bit earlier than normal if you don’t intend to wait long to be seated.

Rua do Cunha is easily accessible by taxi and certain buses. Take care of your personal belongings there as there are quite a number of deserted streets at night.

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