Macau has a rich local gastronomy, but minchi might be its best local dish hands down. The late Anthony Bourdain gave it his seal of approval when he was in Macau and it combines Macanese and Chinese influences perfectly. The name originates from the English word “mince”, since minced meat is at the heart of the dish (traditionally beef or pork). It’s a comforting, flavorsome dish which mixes soy sauce and sweetened minced meat with fried potatoes and an egg on top. Almost every local establishment will have minchi on the menu, but a true foodie will want to try the best in town. Here are our top five places to have minchi in Macau.
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The name of this restaurant might be misleading since it seems like they might only serve coffee and snacks. However, Esplanada is one of the best places in town for lunch or dinner since it’s one of the few restaurants with an alfresco space. Their menu can be puzzling, since they offer a wide range of Asian dishes, including Korean, Indonesian, Chinese and Thai. Nevertheless, we suggest you try their minchi. Esplanada’s take on the classic dish is quite exquisite and different from the version found at a lot of local joints. Here, you are not only paying for the chef’s artistry and the quality of the ingredients, but also the opportunity to enjoy their alfresco area.
Named “the winner” in Portuguese, this restaurant is centrally located on Rua do Campo. It offers several dishes, but their minchi is undoubtedly one of the best in town. They also do boiled codfish with vegetables and beef steak served with french fries and rice. This a great place to head to when you’re in a rush and the only thing on your mind is to quickly have a good, fulfilling and savory meal on the table. One of our favourite places for Minchi in Macau.
A Vencedora 264 Rua do Campo, Macau, +853 2835 5460
Florita Alves is the owner of this sumptuous yet “familiar” (as the name indicates) restaurants tucked away in Taipa Village. Serving some Macanese dishes one can’t easily find everywhere in town, minchi is still one of their fortes. With crunchy potatoes, soft and freshly cooked beef and a perfectly fried on-point egg, this is surely one of a kind. While there, try some of the sweets on their dessert list, including bebinca and others. If you find yourself in Taipa Village and wanting to try out Minchi, this is a great place for that.
Riquexó is one of the oldest and most renowned food joints in town so trying out their Minchi is a must. Aside from their complete menu, they also offer daily lunch sets comprising of soup, main dish, dessert and a beverage–minchi is but one of the options. If you are looking for a cheap meal, look no further, as you definitely won’t be spending more than MOP $100 here. The restaurant is tucked away in a local alley, hidden from traffic and people. They also have an alfresco dining area, welcoming smokers and outdoor fans. This is one of the most local joints serving minchi in Macau.
Sab 8 Café Macaense
This place is located close to one of the most beautiful areas of the city, Rua da Nossa Sra. do Amparo. If you’re visiting the central area and checking out the Ruins of St. Paul’s or Mount Fortress, take a break and dive into the hidden alleyways through Rua dos Mercadores and Rua de Tercena to find an array of unique vintage stores and new contemporary ones. If you’re looking for some delicious Minchi in Macau had over to Sab 8. Opened in Chon Sau courtyard, a world away from all the crowds that’s great especially if you want to have a quiet meal. Their minchi is mouthwatering and most importantly, fills you up with warmth and comfort.