Macao Gastronomy

Centuries of dynamic interaction between the east and the west inherently created a distinctive culture out of intercultural and intergenerational dialogue where traditional values and beliefs of the two extremes have converged.

Traces are evidently reflected in the rich assortment of gastronomic cultures of this city, which had been largely influenced and shaped by more than four centuries of cultural exchange. This melting pot of culinary knowledge and food cultures from other regions is where Macanese cuisine, possibly one of the world’s earliest fusion cuisine was created. Once considered as family guarded secret recipes, passed down from generation to generation, were perfectly preserved and refined over centuries of blending Chinese and Portuguese ingredients together with exotic spices picked up along the trading routes. Exploring Macanese cuisine is perhaps the best way to savour the unique flavours of this extraordinary cultural heritage of Macao.