Fat Tea Macanese Food: Familiar Yet New
Introducing Macanese Delicacy To Malaysia
Who are the Macanese? Well, they are actually an East Asian ethnic group from Macau who are predominantly mixed Chinese and Portuguese as well as Malay, Japanese, Sinhalese and Indian. The interesting fact about their cuisine is that it is derived from Portuguese sailors who brought European ingredients from major trading ports like The Cape (South Africa), Goa (India) and Melaka (Malaysia) to Macau. Infused with local Cantonese flavours, the unique fusion cuisine, or Macanese Food, is born.
Sadly, the population of this ethnic is decreasing by the year. Soon, finding their cuisine might be increasingly difficult. Enter Fat Tea Macanese Food! The lovely and passionate people behind the restaurant aim to introduce Macanese food to Malaysians and make it a local favourite. ‘Fat Tea’ is the literal translation of ‘Chá Gordo’ in Portuguese and it means ‘rich spread’ or ‘feast’ which is really a common affair for big Macanese families when celebrating holidays, weddings, birthdays or the like. We just couldn’t say no to such a rare and unique cuisine especially when it is prepared by a true Macanese chef, so here are our favourites!
First off is a Macanese favourite or what is locally known as the national dish of Macau. This savoury dish has minced pork, onions, diced fried potatoes, fried egg, veggies and ‘chi yau cha’ (to cater for the Malaysian palate) on rice. The minced pork is covered in their special sauce. When we say special, we mean it. It is a secret sauce that is imported all the way from Macau. Tasting it elicits the familiar feeling of having home-cooked food while experiencing something new from the infusion of Portuguese style fried potatoes. Definitely a must try if you want to eat like the Macanese do! Did we mention, all the eggs used are free range eggs? Meaning they use kampung eggs only!
Macao Style Pork Chop Bun
Not only is this their bestseller along with Minchi, this dish comes with various add-ons! The basic dish is a perfectly buttered bread roll with tasty pork chop. The add-ons include fried egg, cheese, bacon, side fries and side salad. ‘All in’ never sound better right? We highly recommend it! The pork chop is so tender, it melts in your mouth.
If you are a meat lover, this dish is not to be missed! Portuguese style ribs is not your regular ribs. It is served with tomato salsa sauce and salad. The perfect combination of the slight bitterness from the kale and the sweet and spicy taste of the ribs just leaves us craving for more. This is one you have to try for yourself.
Serradurra and Egg Tart
If you do not know, Fat Tea is also popular for its desserts. Serradurra or ‘sawdust pudding’ is a well-known dessert in Macau. It is a delicious combination of whipped cream and crumbled biscuits, topped with nuts. It has the right amount of sweetness while providing a very interesting mixed texture from soft to crunchy. On top of that, the egg tart is simply addictive. It has the right blend of good flavour and texture. It is really as good as they come.
Fat Tea Macanese Food is a restaurant that serves good food, has great ambiance and branches from a rich culture. What more can we ask? Of course, we wouldn’t leave you without sharing some insider news! They will be opening a Fat Tea Bakery just next door in probably a few months time. Also, their food might be available on food delivery services soon! That just goes to show how popular the food is!