choi heong yuen bakery

Portuguese egg tarts are just one of those things you have to eat when you’re in Macau. It’s practically the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Macau and food.

portuguese egg tarts

There are a lot of places selling this delightful snack but one of the best I’ve had when I was there last week was surprisingly in the touristy area below the Ruins of St Paul’s.

portuguese egg tarts macau

Choi Heong Yuen Bakery (established in 1935) makes amazing Portuguese egg tarts – it’s piping hot and comes with a buttery flaky crust encapsulating a creamy, melt-in-your-mouth egg custard.

macau portuguese egg tarts

The confection is incredibly light and paradoxically rich at the same time. It is usually priced at around MOP 7 (about RM 3) for a pastel de nata. There are many outlets selling these and you can’t go wrong with most bakeries.

pastel de nata

Portuguese egg tarts are the pride of Macau, so you can be sure of getting a mouthful of epicurean heaven no matter which one you go to.

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26 Responses to “Portuguese Egg Tarts in Macau”

  1. Oooooo…the real thing! From that ex-Portuguese colony!!! I love Portuguese egg tarts…. Sigh! Now I will have to go to that dim sum place in town again… Tsk! Tsk! LOL!!!

    • Yup! It’s really good over in Macau – they make the best Portuguese egg tarts. :)

      We had several from different places, it can go up to MOP 10 (around RM 4) for one. It’s all very good, hard to find a bad quality one in Macau.

      Haha! Let’s go together next time bro. :)

  2. *NOD*

    i had the one from KoiKei and it’s OHMAIGEE-LY yummo! i’ll never look at Portuguese egg tart the same again!

    • Nice! Hey, we went to Hong Kong at about the same time. :)

      There’s heaps of good food in Macau – steamed silk milk pudding, the famous pork chop buns (some much better than others) and this.

      I like the place, but it’s packed with tourists even on a weekday!

      • i know! cos i saw your status in Fb after i came back from HK haha.

        we were lucky that day cos we accidentally bumped into the steamed silk milk pudding hehe! and yeah pork chop. but i prefer the pork burger from McD. why malaysia no have pork burger!!!

        it’s crowded everywhere we went! except for shopping center. we felt like we are rich taitais who shop when everyone else is working LOL

        • Nice! I also had steamed silk milk pudding in Macau, it’s delicious stuff. :)

          Oh, we went to McDonald’s in Hong Kong too – there was a promo with a burger with an egg on top, wanted to try that but ended up having coffee at McCafe instead coz we weren’t hungry, just needed a place to sit and rest our legs for a bit.

          Haha! Yeah, Hong Kong has a lot of tourists the whole year round I think. We saw a lot around anyway. :D

  3. Wow, the best eggtarts! I like those with the flaky base (like the ones here) instead of those with biscuit-like base.

    • Yeah, the flaky pastry crust tastes fantastic!

      I don’t like the traditional shortcrust pastry base, when I was a kid I would scoop out the egg custard and leave that. Haha!

      I guess once you eat Portuguese egg tarts, you never go back to the regular ones. :)

  4. i like the ones from lord stow’s. the best portuguese egg tarts in the whole wide world, IMO. :) it’s good when hot and still tastes awesome when eaten in room temperature/cold!

    • Oh! We passed by that place too!

      Unfortunately, we had eaten wayyyy to much by then and couldn’t even share a single Portuguese egg tart – we were that full. :x

      I wanted to have the limited 300 per day pork chop bun too, but was too full for that as well.

      I’ve heard great things about Lord Stow’s. I wished I had stomach space to check it out. :)

  5. Ooo… portugese egg tart! You should also try the ones from Lord Stow. Damn good!
    Also, you should try their dessert.. I think called saradura or something like that!

    • Yeah, we wanted to check out Lord Stow too! Saw one of their outlets but was too full to try.

      Oh, nice! I think we tried that one too but not at Lord Stow. :)

  6. DUDE, Lord Stow’s Bakery is the only place you can eat best Portuguese Egg Tarts not only in Macau but the world! 咀香園 bakery only famous for their almond biscuit and egg roll etc. get your facts right and do some research man. you got everything WRONG.

    • Heh! Lord Stow’s is the most famous one, and thus everyone talks about it.

      Margaret’s Portuguese egg tarts is the other famous one in town.

      It’s all a matter of taste, no?

      I would like to try Lord Stow’s though, we saw the outlet but didn’t have enough space to eat any more egg tarts. :)

  7. HB, what make Portuguese egg tarts different from Cantonese one is Cantonese use milk base while Portuguese one use cream . That why it cream fat cause it to have a scorch topping which does make a real Portuguese tart for sure. Cantonese people prefer the Chinese one not burn looking use milk base for that reason.

    • I think the pastry base is different too – the Cantonese version uses a shortcrust pastry while the Portuguese version uses a flaky pastry ass a base.

      I much prefer Portuguese egg tarts. :D

  8. HB, when I was in Beijing got some of their custard tarts and crust is different also. It like pie crust texture and filling is made of milk and sugar and egg mixture bake just right like your Chinese type. Taipei have at KFC Portuguese type and it very good and rich tasting.

    • Yeah, those are the shortcrust pastry bases. :D

      I used to eat only the custard and leave that. I prefer the Portuguese style egg tarts.

  9. HB, when I was in Beijing got some of their custard tarts and crust is different also. It like pie crust texture and filling is made of milk and sugar and egg mixture bake just right like your Chinese type. Taipei have at KFC Portuguese type and it very good and rich tasting.

    Too bad there none in San Francisco KFC or anywhere that make Portuguese tart just the Chinese one but still good .

    • Oh, we have Portuguese egg tarts in KFC over here too! :)

      It’s pretty good stuff! Next best thing to going to Macau.

  10. You should try the Portuguese Egg Tart in Margaret’s Café and Nata next time you visit Macau. The skin is crispy and rich with the taste of butter.

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