Macanese cuisine a true mix of flavours

Macanese cuisineRestaurant owner and Head Chef Andrew Wong has collaborated with Florita Alves, a specialist in Macanese cuisine from Macau, to create a beautifully crafted 8-course tasting menu. 

Andrew’s restaurant A. WONG in Victoria, London is offering this menu from the 17th to 29th November and for Londoners and visitors to the capital this is a must try foodie experience. The dishes will be presented in tapas-style portions, in keeping with Andrew’s grazing menu and dining concept. A sneak peak at the menu includes Shanghai Dumpling with Glazed Dried Pork, African Chicken marinated with tropical spices and for the sweet toothed a delicious Macanese Afternoon Tea … delicious!

Andrew and his team will be on hand to explain the dishes and there will be a prize draw giving diners the chance to win a luxury trip of a lifetime to Macau.  Good luck with that!

A. WongFor full details, please visit A. Wong Restaurant

Macau

Its unique mix of Portuguese and Chinese heritage gives it a very different atmosphere to its neighbour. Macau packs a lot into its 11 square miles with an abundance of historical buildings, world famous food, beaches, gardens, museums, spas, shopping malls, dazzling shows and activities.

Macau’s geographical location and natural harbour made it a natural choice for the sea-faring ships of the 16th and 17th centuries and it became a key trading post. MacauThe arrival of the Portuguese in the 16th century created a rich and fascinating cultural tapestry, and the European influences remain from the architecture to the food. The destination’s distinctive 450 year old blend of culture is reflected in the ‘Historic Centre of Macau’. Listed alongside the likes of the Great Wall of China, Stonehenge and Ayer’s Rock as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, such esteemed company is a reflection of Macau’s historical significance. This ‘Historic Centre of Macau’ is made up of over 20 buildings and monuments of both Portuguese and Chinese origin – including Taoist temples, baroque churches,  a theatre, fortress and even a lighthouse.  Taking pride of place are the iconic ruins of St Paul’s and elegant Senado Square.

Macau dishFor foodie lovers Macau is paradise! Renowned across the region for the quality of its food, whether you are looking for Michelin-starred restaurants or local cafes and bakeries. Incredibly, there are 74 Macau establishments featured in the MICHELIN Guide Hong Kong 2014, including two boasting three prestigious stars. Pretty impressive for such a little island. From dim sum and noodles to sardines and chorizo, both Chinese and Portuguese cuisine is widely available. Macanese dishes are packed full of flavour and fresh seafood is found on most menus alongside chicken, duck and rabbit dishes, while its cultural influences are apparent through its use of spices, such as chilli, turmeric and coconut. Dishes are often baked or roasted for long periods of time to allow the flavour of the spices to develop.

Macau comes to life when the sun goes down with spectacular shows. One show, destined to be the most extravagant live production ever staged in Asia is Taipa food street‘The House of the Dancing Water’ a breath taking water based show that draws it creative inspiration from the roots of Chinese culture and features high dive acrobatics, fountain displays and even somersaulting motorbikes.

For a quieter time, visitors can get away from the hustle and bustle of the city on the islands of Taipa and Coloane, which offer a wonderfully serene escape. With their beaches, sleepy villages and charming nature trails, visitors to the island can relax and unwind or enjoy the leisurely pursuits of golf, swimming, horse riding and fishing, as well as a Giant Panda Pavilion. Walkers can enjoy an extensive network of well-maintained trails with maps readily available at the trailheads, including a stunning trail through the waterfalls and gardens of this serene 20 acre natural retreat.

To discover more about this unique and exciting destination, please visit Macau Government Tourist Office.

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