Macau Skyline - photo by Mike under CC-BY-3.0
Macau Skyline - photo by Mike under CC-BY-3.0

MACAU: ALL OF THE RESTAURANTS PICKED BY ANTHONY BOURDAIN ON NO RESERVATIONS

When Anthony Bourdain visited Macau on his show No Reservations Season 7 Episode 10 (originally aired July 18, 2011), he and his crew picked many restaurants. Here are all the addresses and the dishes showcased on Anthony Bourdain – Macau, all in a convenient list.

DISH – Cantonese Cuisine

WHAT IS IT?

Cantonese cuisine is from the province of Guangdong in China, which (kinda, sorta) includes Macau. Har gow are steamed fresh water shrimp dumplings. Other Cantonese dishes include roasted chicken (can be dressed in pomelo and honey-lime sauce), Cantonese-style roasted pork belly, fish ball soup, and Cantonese-style steamed crab claw (crab law steamed with ginger, white wine and egg white). Trying out Cantonese cuisine would be an interesting addition to your backpacking Macau itinerary.

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WHERE IS IT?

The 8 Restaurant (Grand Lisboa)
2-4 Avenida De Lisboa
Macau, China

NOTES – Anthony Bourdain – Macau

The 8 is one of the several restaurants in Hotel Lisboa. It serves Cantonese-style dishes that Anthony Bourdain referred to as “high-end” dumplings. Their har gow, for example, is shaped like a goldfish, which is a symbol of good luck in Chinese culture (the same with the number 8).

DISH – Camarão com Quiabo

WHAT IS IT?

Camarão com quiabo is a Macanese dish of fresh prawns and okra in curry sauce. Macanese cuisine blends Chinese and Portuguese culinary traditions, where spices and techniques are Portuguese and the ingredients are from Asia.

WHERE IS IT?

Apomac
Avenida de Sidónio Pais
Macau, China

NOTES – Anthony Bourdain – Macau

Apomac primarily serves Macanese dishes unique to Macau.

DISH – Portuguese Cuisine

WHAT IS IT?          

Macau was a Portuguese territory during the colonial days of Portugal. As such, Portuguese cuisine seeped through Macau and is still evident up to now. There remains several restaurants that serve Portuguese food in Macau, with dishes like grilled chorizo, Portuguese clams (fresh clams steamed with garlic, cilantro, white wine and malagueta pepper), grilled fresh sardines, and roasted suckling pig marinated in wine and spices.  

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WHERE IS IT?

Fernando’s
9 Praia de Hac Sa
Macau, China

NOTES – Anthony Bourdain – Macau

Fernando’s is a popular Portuguese restaurant in Macau where diners can take pleasure in a slice of traditional gastronomic Portuguese colonial history.

DISH – Steamed Milk Pudding

WHAT IS IT?

Anthony Bourdain refers to this unassuming dish as “white on white”. Steamed milk pudding is made of milk, eggs, water and sugar, steamed for about 10 minutes.

WHERE IS IT?

Yee Shun Milk Company
381 Av. de Almeida Ribeiro
Macau, China

NOTES – Anthony Bourdain – Macau

Also known as Leitaria I Son, Yee Shun Milk Company is the go-to place for steamed milk pudding in Macau.

DISH – Bifana

WHAT IS IT?

Bifana is a popular snack in Macau. It’s 100% Portuguese and is quite straightforward: it is a bun and a fried pork chop.

WHERE IS IT?

Tai Lei Loi Kei Pork Chop Bun
MacaoR. Correia da Silva, 35
Macau, China

NOTES – Anthony Bourdain – Macau

Tai Lei Loi Kei is known to be the home of the original pork chop bun in Macau.