Breakfasts From Around the World: Portuguese Egg Tarts of Macau

Portuguese egg tarts with their creamy custard filling and flaky pastry are a popular breakfast item in the Chinese region of Macau. (Image: Jpatokal via wikimedia  CC BY-SA 3.0)
Portuguese egg tarts with their creamy custard filling and flaky pastry are a popular breakfast item in the Chinese region of Macau. (Image: Jpatokal via wikimedia CC BY-SA 3.0)

The first meal of the day: that which breaks the fast. Breakfast doesn’t necessarily need to be in the morning. It’s whenever you break the fast. It could be in the afternoon for those fasting intermittently, and in the evenings for One-Meal-A-Day enthusiasts. Different regions have their cultures and foods eaten to break fasting. We will explore a popular breakfast in the Chinese region of Macau — Portuguese egg tarts with creamy custard filling and flaky pastry.

When it comes to breakfast, Hong Kong and Macau have very different tastes compared to mainland China. On Chinese territory, Macau is apparently the first and last European colony. Portugal controlled the land from 1557 to December of 1999. With an area of just under 12.75 square miles and a population of almost 670,000, Macau is the most crowded place in the world. Macau has many different styles of cuisine ranging from Chinese and Japanese to Portuguese and Macanese. But the No. 1 delight to have while in Macau is the Portuguese egg tart.

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Macau has many different styles of cuisine ranging from Chinese and Japanese to Portuguese and Macanese. (Image: Screenshot / YouTube)

Love and separation

These are quite different from the Chinese version with the caramelized sugar. In Macau, there used to be a couple, and like with most couples nowadays, they ended up splitting and going their separate ways. But they had one thing in common — a unique take on the Portuguese Egg Tart. They replaced the traditional flour filling with fresh cream, and fresh cream is always better than dry flour, right? Soon, their recipe grew famous all throughout the region, but then the unfortunate separation happened.

Lord Stow and his former wife Margaret now run their separate outlets — Lord Stow’s Bakery and Margeret’s Café. Always good when piping hot, you should test both while you’re in Macau and decide for yourself who’s got the better bite. Margaret went on to sell her recipe to KFC. This allowed the franchise giant to roll out Portuguese egg tarts all across their outlets in China and made the dish quite famous.

Other breakfast items in Macau

Congee is another popular breakfast item in Macau. It comes with eggs, pork, or chicken. Having a bowl of congee in the morning will give you more than enough energy to last through to the afternoon. This is especially popular with employees who work manual labor. In this case, Piu Kei is the place to be with many different dishes to choose from, including their popular wonton noodle soup.

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Congee is another popular breakfast item in Macau. (Image: Screenshot / YouTube)

Pork buns are a very popular snack in Macau. For these, you need to head on over to a tourist-favorite, San Hou Lei. There will be a bit of a rush during peak times, so have patience. While over there, you can also try out their version of the egg tarts — made with fresh milk.

Location details

Lord Stow’s Bakery: 1 Rua do Tassara, Coloane Town Square, Macau, +853 2888 2534

Margaret’s Café e Nata: 17A Rua Alm Costa Cabral R/C Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro, Macau, +853 2871 0032

Piu Kei: 265 Rua de Bragança Taipa, Macau, +853 2885 5184

San Hou Lei: Rua do Regedor 13, Taipa, Macau, +853 2882 7313

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