Macau has always been a stopover for all of Hong Kong trips (Oh, except for my 2002 visit, when my sister and I toured Shenzhen instead). Having that Chinese-Portuguese charm, Macau is really a fascinating destination -the classical architecture which perfectly intertwines with the modern ones, the beautiful nightscape, the on-going developments in Cotai and Taipa and those delicious egg tarts keep luring me back to Macau.
My recent Macau visit was dedicated in completing one assignment – To find the best egg tart in Macau! The two-day task was fun for it involves one of my hobbies -eating! Oh, I my mean discovering new places! Teehee.
I have written about my first day hunt and I have covered three bakeries so far. Read more about it here: The Best Egg Tart in Macau? And this blog entry is the last installment, visiting four more patisseries and ultimately, coming up with the ruling of the Best Egg Tart in Macau.
First stop of the day was Margaret’s Cafe e Nata. Flaky crust -check! Creamy custard -check! What sets it apart from bakeries I’ve visited so far is that their version is a bit more buttery than the others. Location: 17B, Goldlion building, Rua do Comandante Mata e Oliveira, Macau, China. Operating Hours: 6:30AM-8:00PM Daily.
Next stop, we hopped on a bus to Coloane to visit the bakery responsible for hyping the famous “Portuguese” egg tart – Lord Stow’s Bakery! In 1989, Englishman Andrew Stow opened Lord Stow’s Bakery in Coloane offering a special kind of egg tart, with flaky crust and creamy custard. Made fresh daily and with no additives and preservatives, Lord Stow’s Bakery prides itself in making quality Portuguese egg tarts.
We alighted at Coloane Village 1 (should be Coloane Village 2) and got lost, so opted to go back and visit their branch at The Venetian instead. Location: 870 Mask Street Level 3 Shoppes at The Venetian. Operating Hours: Sundays- Thursday: 10:00AM-11:00PM , Fridays to Saturdays: 10:00AM -12:00Midnight. Price: MOP 10.00
Next stops are Choi Heong Yuen Bakery and Pastelaria Koi Kei, both located along the stretch of Rua de Sao Paolo.
Choi Heong Yuen Bakery‘s egg tart is slightly bigger than most of the egg tarts from the bakeries I’ve visited, but also very similar to Lord Stow’s taste and texture. Price: MOP 9.00
Pastelaria Koi Kei is famous for Macanese sweets like almond cake, peanut candy, egg roll and many others. And yes, Macau being famous for egg tarts, they too have their own version. Less flaky than the others and has a creamy custard just like the rest.
So which bakery has the best egg tart in Macau?
After visiting a total of seven bakeries in a span of two days, the egg tart that stood out was the one served at Hello Kitty Obrigado. Why? Most of the bakeries serve egg tarts that very much taste like the ones at Lord Stow’s. But Hello Kitty Obrigado’s egg tart has a very distinct taste in the custard that makes it stand out; must be the Hokkaido milk!
Lord Stow’s Bakery was the one who made Macau the egg tart capital of Asia for its best-selling flaky custard pastry and is a must-visit when in Macau. But trying out new pastelarias or bakeries for their egg tarts won’t hurt either, right? 🙂 Try out the egg tarts at Hello Kitty Obrigado and tell me what you think. They’re available in cheese, chocolate and green tea varieties, too!