Historic Macanese Cuisine

April 1st, 2014 4 Comments

Dra. Beatriz da Silva’s study of Macanese cuisine motivated me to share a few family dishes of my own. But first, let me provide a little background.

I was able to create this list because of a recent visit by two experienced cooks (actually my mother and aunt), who were generous enough to reveal their favorite Macanese cusine. Together these ladies have roots in Portugal, Spain, Goa, Macau, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Canton, which explains the wide variety of dishes and desserts you see below. In fact, I was able to find hereditary links to twenty different Macanese families, which also explains why many of these dishes are common throughout the community, some dating from the 16th century.

Most of these dishes are prepared as main meals and for special occasions. And many, except for the desserts, are served with rice. The specific recipes vary due to personal embellishments and cultural influences, depending on where and when  each family cooked them. But in every case, the dishes represent a cultural link to the past that continues to evolve as these recipes are passed down to each new generation.

 

Minchi

 

Minchi – Minced beef with onions and potato, cooked with soy, molasses, turmeric

 

 

Tacho

 

Tacho –cabbage stew and meat (pork or sausage), cooked with balichaong (fermented shrimp sauce) and soy

 

 

Vaca Estofada

 

Vaca Estofada – beef stew (cooked many hours), cooked with soy and bay leaf

 

Feijoada

 

Feijoada – Portuguese style stew with beans and pork

 

 

Caldo Verde

 

Caldo Verde – Creamy spinach soup

 

 

Bacalhau (1)

 

Bacalhau – Salted Cod

 

 

 

Bacalhau

 

Pasteis de Bacalhau – Breaded cod fish balls

 

 

Curried Fish

 

Curried Fish – (or beef, lamb, chicken), cooked with Indian curry and coconut milk

 

 

Chilicote

 

Chilicote – Curried meat hors d’euvre in light pastry shell

 

 

Rolete Meat Balls

 

Rolete – Fried Portuguese style meatballs

 

 

 

Cheuk (congree)

 

Congee’ (cheuk) – Rice gruel

 

 

 

Impada

 

Impada – fish or meat pie (usually served cold) with Turmeric

 

 

Chili crab

 

Chili Crab – Chinese style whole crab cooked in plum sauce and garlic

 

 

 

Diabo

 

 

Diabo – Cut-up roasted beef, lamb, poultry, pork, cooked in creamy sauce and sweet pickels

 

 

 

Capella (meat loaf)

 

 

Capella – Portuguese style meatloaf (baked), cooked with onions, cheese, almonds

 

 

Beefy Macau

 

 

Beefy Macau – Sirloin steak sliced marinated with oyster sauce and hoishsin

 

 

Ginger Garlic Chicken

 

Ginger and Garlic cooked Chicken – cooked in peanut oil and oyster sauce

 

 

 

Garlic Prawns

 

Prawns in Garlic – Stir fired

 

 

Star Anis Pork Shoulder

 

Star Anis Pork Shoulder – Slow cooked in soy sauce

 

 

 

 

Bafasau (saffron pork)

 

Bafasau – Saffron Pork

 

 

 

Lo-Pak-Kou

 

Lo Pak Kou – Macanese style rice and soy squares

 

 

 

 

Desserts

Nata

 

 

Nata – Portuguese custard

 

 

 

Batatada (potato - coconut cake)

 

 

Batatada – Potato and Coconut cake

 

 

 

 

Pao de Leite

 

Pao de Leite – Coconut pudding gelatin

 

 

 

Bebinca_de_Leite

 

Bebinca de Leite – Baked custard with coconut

 

 

 

Genete (cookies)

 

Genete – Butter cookies

 

 

 

 

Cuscarao (fried sugared pastries)

 

Cuscarao – Fried sugar cookies

4 Comments

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  2. Teresa Cruz Carns says:

    Hi there – How can I access the recipes, or are they not up? Please advise. Thanks much.

    • Director says:

      Teresa,

      Unfortunately, there are no recipes attached to the post. Please contact Dra. Beatriz da Silva (see previous post) for more information.

      Thanks for following us.

  3. Delano Pereira says:

    All of them have one time or another been savoured by me, my family and friends.

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