If you’re ready to start your own Asian foodie adventure, we list some of Macau’s most ethnically diverse Asian restaurants which we bet some of you have never experienced. Read on, and then try something different for lunch or dinner!
Nepalese Cuisine at Gurkha’s Taste
Nepalese cuisine is often associated with Indian cuisine because it has similar dishes like curries, naan bread, and samosas. But what sets it apart is less heat than Indian food and more masala (an aromatic blend of spice) is infused in their dishes. Nepalese cuisine has their own take on Chinese food too—from the delectable momos, dumplings filled with meat or vegetarian options flavored with Nepalese spices paired with delicious homemade chutney for dipping, to Nepali-style chow mein. Gurkha’s Taste does their chow mein deliciously smoky the way it’s supposed to be but with a twist of Nepali flavors blended in perfectly.
Gurkha’s Taste proudly showcases the beauty of their country’s cuisine. Their chef hailing all the way from Nepal specializes in home-cooked dishes which means an exemplary display of flavors.
Burmese Cuisine at Restaurante Nga Heong
Burmese Restaurant Nga Heong is one of the best hidden gems that sells Burmese staples at affordable prices. Their chicken and springy noodles is ladled with their thick and luscious coconut cream soup, making it hearty with every mouthful. We also recommend their crunchy pig-ear salad on the side to divert your palate. Don’t forget to order a bottle of their black glutinous rice soya bean milk.
Restaurante Birmanes Nga Heong GF, 27F Rua De Fernao Mendes Pinto, Santo Antonio, +853 2852 8129
Indonesian Cuisine at Naughty Nuri’s
Indonesian cuisine is known to be one of the most vibrant and intense cuisines because it is a melting pot of different flavors from centuries of colonization and trade. It also helps to be the world’s largest archipelago. Naughty Nuri’s specializes in Balinese cuisine and their lip-smacking ribs but they also serve Indonesian staples such as Beef Rendang and Chicken Satay. You can read more about Naughty Nuri’s in detail here.
Filipino Cuisine at Sarimanok
Filipinos are the largest minority in Macau and it’s no surprise if you’ve been to one of the famous ‘Filipino Parties’ where you indulge in an endless festivity of food like lumpia (Filipino spring rolls), Filipino spaghetti (sweet yet tomatoey sauce), or a vast assortment of viands. If you are craving for that dish you’ve tried at that one party, head over to Sarimanok and look over the display of food over the counter. Simply pick what you want and they’ll ladle the dish for you over hot steamy rice. They also serve the iconic Filipino dessert called halo-halo (literally translated to mix-mix). It is a fun dessert where you get a spectrum of flavors in a cup.
Sarimanok GF 89 Rua da Alfândega, Sao Lourenco, Macau
Muslim Chinese Cuisine at Loulan Islam Restaurant
Located in the northwestern part of China, Xinjiang is home to a unique culture in China. With so many influences from its neighboring countries like Russia, Pakistan, etc., Xinjiang cuisine is distinct because of the large Muslim population in the region. At Loulan Islam restaurant, they serve halal food and you’ll notice the abundance of lamb included in their dishes, which is the cuisine’s signature meat. You can also find Xinjiang’s elaborate hand-pulled noodles on their menu. Thick noodles with a bouncy texture married with different meats and spices make one order filling. Although this restaurant is quite pricey, it is worth spending a little extra for tasting one of China’s more exotic cuisines.
Loulan Islam Restaurant Rua do Teatro, Macau, +853 2853 0264