Funny. I have no idea how long Andrew and I wandered the streets of Macau in search of a restaurant that was actually open. Felt like probably 3 hours, though. Or longer. We flitted from closed restaurant to closed restaurant. It would’ve been disheartening, except we found enough shade from trees and churches (thankfully those were open) and were enjoying the sights enough, and were actually dressed reasonably appropriately, so we were comfortable and okay… and actually found this all kind of amusing. Whatever, these things happen when you travel. Surprises. This wasn’t such a bad one, really.
And it’s not like ALL the restaurants were closed. We were pretty set on finding a place where we could try Macanese food. We’d been reading about it, and this was our only chance to try it. We were just resigning ourselves to missing out on this cuisine, when we found A Lorcha.
This is what Andrew wrote in his TripAdvisor review:
“We were only in Macau one day on a day trip from Hong Kong. I specifically wanted to have Macanese food because this is the only place on the planet where it’s available. I had read this place was Portugese, rather than Macanese, so I was actually seeking out other restaurants. These other restaurants were closed, however, on the day we were there, so we reluctantly went to A Lorcha, and managed to get a table after about a 30 minute wait in the middle of the afternoon. Thankfully, the food was great… and the menu does indeed contain Macanese dishes, in addition to the Portugese dishes they are known for. So we had the famous African chicken (a Macanese dish), and other excellent dishes. I recommend this place, whether you are in Macau to have Portugese or Macanese cuisine.”
Portuguese wine — Vinho Verde. I am so in love with this picture. And the wine.
Pig’s Ear Salad. Weird but tasty!
Salted cod (Bacalhau) with potato, chickpeas, egg, carrot, cabbage. Very good but also extremely salty. Had to wash it down with much vihno verde.
African Chicken. Delicious! And fries… which made us crave ketchup.
So, what’s Macanese cuisine? A fusion of southern Chinese and Portuguese cuisines… I guess it’s basically the result of Portuguese sailors trying to recreate their favourite dishes from home, using spices and ingredients available to them on Macau. I don’t think french fries were a part of this cuisine, though. I wonder if maybe we were given those as a side because A Lorcha was out of, um, more normal side options. Since they were the only restaurant open on a holiday and they were kind of being mobbed by people like us. And yet, they still gave us a great experience. Kudos to them!
And for dessert, we wandered into a nearby touristy sweets shop. These are almond cookies, they were constantly making them fresh. The aroma was intoxicating. We were given cookies as samples to get us hooked. We didn’t buy any though… just ate the sample cookie we were each given. Don’t get me wrong, they were TASTY. But, buying a box and carting it all over the place… that would never duplicate the exquisite experience of being right there in that touristy shop. Haha. ANYWAY! Can you see Andrew & I in the above picture? It looks like we’re both standing behind him. HOW? I was alarmed by this at first, until I realized it’s a mirror. I blame the sunstroke/wine.