Dinner @ Restaurante Platão (Macau)

March 6, 2015 in Chinese, Portuguese

And what’s travelling to Macau without eating Portuguese food. Right? So after my friends and I finished our sightseeing of Ruins of St. Paul’s, we made our way to Restaurante Platão. While it’s my first, it was not for my friends. And I was surprised at how conveniently accessible the restaurant was. From Senado Square, it was a mere 5 minutes walk! Although one would need to know which alley to walk to. And it’s the small alley beside McDonald’s.


The restaurant was bustling with people when we arrived. We were led to the second storey, which was more of a 1.5 storey as the ceiling was pretty low when we stood at the upper stoorey.

And from the menu (pages 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9), we ordered:-

1) Bread, Complimentary (above) – I made a fool of myself by thinking these were potatoes. Haha. These bread really looked too similar to baked potatoes. Keke.

2) 馬介休梳乎厘, MOP74 (above) – Bacalhau souffle. Bacalhau is Portuguese word for dried codfish.

3) 白烚菜, MOP72 (above) – Poached vegetable of cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli.

4) 焗鴨飯, MOP176 (above) – Baked duck rice.

5) 芫荽花蜆, MOP128 (above) – Clams with parsley.

6) 非洲雞, MOP158 (half) (above) – Spicy chicken.

7) 海鮮飯, MOP216 (above) – Seafood rice Portuguese style.

8) 芒果摩士, MOP68 (above) – Mango mousse.

9) 木糠布甸, MOP68 (above) – Biscuit mousse. Their rendition was similar to that of an ice cream cake.

10) 葡式鮮橙卷, MOP52 (above) – Portuguese orange roll.

Overall, dinner was not too bad. I would recommend one to pop over for lunch or dinner, especially when one is in the area for shopping or sight-seeing!

3 Travessa de Sao Domingos, Macau
+853.2833 1818, Website
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Tues – Sun : 12:00 – 23:00
Ambience: 7
Value: 7
* Closed on Mon
Service: 7

Dim sum @ Yum Cha (Macau)

March 2, 2015 in Chinese

My friend and I stayed at Sheraton when we were holidaying in Macau. And on mornings when we woke up late and were too hungry to venture far to fill our empty stomachs, we would head down to Yum Cha which was a mere 5 to 8 minutes walk from Sheraton’s main lobby.


And from the menu (pages 1, 2), we ordered:-

1) 金菇紫菜卷, MOP38 (above) – Seafood enoki seaweed roll.

2) 蟹子烧卖, MOP32 (above) – “Siu mai” dumplings with crab roe.

3) 鲜虾饺皇, MOP35 (above) – “Har kau” prawn dumplings.

4) 豆豉汁蒸排骨, MOP35 (above) – Marinated pork spare ribs in black bean sauce.

5) 酱皇蒸凤爪, MOP32 (above) – Chicken feet with black bean.

6) 甜酸炸云吞, MOP32 (above) – Deep-fried wontons with sweet & sour sauce.

7) 椒盐鸡软骨, MOP88 (above) – Sauted chicken soft bone with salt and pepper. This was really addictive.

8) X.O. 酱炒萝卜糕, MOP36 (above) – Wok-fried turnip cake with X.O. sauce.

9) 椒盐豆腐, MOP38 (above) – Deep-fried diced bean curd with five spices salt.

10) 蜜汁叉烧肠粉, MOP35 (above) – Barbecued pork and Chinese parsley steamed rice roll.

11) 流沙包, MOP28 (above) – Steamed custard buns with salted egg yolk.

12) 蜜汁叉烧包, MOP30 (above) – Barbecued pork buns.

13) 皮蛋瘦肉粥, MOP48 (above) – Century egg and shredded pork congee.

14) 菊花茶, MOP30 (per flask) (above) – Chrysanthenum tea.

And from the ‘barbecued meat & noodle soup’ section on the menu which was available from 11am to 11pm, we could choose to order noodle (dry) with 1 or 2 barbecued meats at MOP78 and MOP118 or noodle (soup) with 1 or 2 barbecued meats for MOP48 and MOP68 respectively. And options of barbecued (BBQ) meat included BBQ pork, poached chicken, soya chicken, roasted pork belly and roasted duck (additional MOP10) while options of noodle included rice noodles, silver pin noodles, flat noodles, rice vermicelli and egg noodles. And some of the items which we ordered:-

15) Duo barbecued noodle soup (above) – With egg noodle and choice of meat being soya chicken and roasted duck (additional MOP10). However, I was a little upset when the served roasted duck had lots of bones.

16) Duo barbecued noodle soup (above) – With poached chicken and barbecued pork being the choice of meat.

And very frankly, when my friends first suggested coming to Yum Cha for (a convenient) breakfast, I was a little disappointed that we were dining within a shopping mall. I had wanted us to head out to try more of the must-tries for breakfast. However, after having tried the dim sum, I was glad we came to Yum Cha cause the food was decent! Or should I say, the food was pretty impressive. And affordable too.

And one would think that service would be lacklustre, especially with the staff managing a big crowd in the spacious restaurant. However, service was unexpectedly good. My friends and I came in a big group of 8. So when we ticked off the dishes we wanted to order on the order form, we ordered our items in quantities of 2. However, instead of just accepting our order, the staff went through our order and advised us to reduce our quantity when they realised we had over-ordered. So yes, we like such service!

Yum Cha 桃园
Estrada da Baia de N. Senhora da Esperanc, Sands Cotai Central, Level 1, Macau
+853.8113 7970, Website
Overall: 7.5
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 8
Mon – Sun : 07:00 – 23:00
Ambience: 7
Value: 7
Service: 8

Lunch @ Wong Chi Kei (Macau)

February 28, 2015 in Chinese

And although it was our repeated trip to Macau, my friends and I decided to stick to (re-)trying all the signature dishes in Macau instead of exploring new eateries. Ha. Thus, it was a must for us to have the signature shrimp roe noodles at Wong Chi Kei when we were in Senado Square.


We reached Wong Chi Kei during lunch time. And it despite being a weekday, a long queue had formed outside the restaurant. Well, it’s not really a restaurant in Singapore’s context. It’s more like a… Tea house?

We were given a queue number after registering ourselves with the lady at the counter. And we waited almost 20 minutes before our number was flashed on the electronic display. Wong Chi Kei occupied a 3-storey shop house. But what we did not know was that they also had basement level! Got to know that only because the table allocated to us was in the basement.

And from the menu (pages 1, 2), we ordered:-

1) 酥炸水餃, MOP64 (10 pieces) (above) – Deep fried shrimp dumpling. These were huge! Crispy and of course, oily. I liked the fried dumplings with the plum sauce that came along with it. Comes in smaller portion of 5 pieces for MOP34.

2) 鮮蝦雲吞, MOP40 (above) – Wanton in soup.

3) 燒鴨肉丸粥, MOP44 (above) – Barbecued duck & meat balls congee.

4) 牛腩捞麵, MOP44 (above) – Braised noodle with cow’s flank.

5) 招牌蝦子撈麺, MOP57 (above) – Braised noodle with shrimp’s eggs. Oddly, I did not really like this. It was a little too dry. But to have (crunchy) shrimp’s egg as the only other ingredient, it gave the entire dish an interesting (chew) texture.

With Wong Chi Kei being one of the must-go-to eateries in Macau, especially when one is in Senado Square, I would encourage others to try their dumplings too. Either the soup or deep fried version. Or even both. Yes, not just for their signature shrimp roe noodle, which was not my favourite. And the fact that Wong Chi Kei is conveniently located in Senado Square, one could even make repeated trips back if one can’t try all of these (dishes) in 1 trip.

Wong Chi Kei 黄祥记
17 Largo do Senado, Macau
+853.331 313, Website
Overall: 6
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 6
Mon – Sun : 08:30 – 23:00
Ambience: 6
Value: 7
Service: 6