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Macau trip | Tea & Desserts in Macau

How can you miss the food in Macau trip?

In addition to the Local Food introduced earlier in Macau, there are also delicious Chinese Dim Sum and Dishes. CHINESE DISHES has several cuisines, of which CANTONESE DISHES is the most common in Macau. Today I will share the Tea and Desserts in Chinese Dim Sum and Dishes.

Chinese Dim Sum & Dishes

A WORLD OF EXCELLENT TASTE FILLED WITH THE HISTORY AND TRADITIONS OF THE ORIENT

Chinese dishes can often seem never ending in their diversity and imagination. There is a saying amongst some parts of China, that Chinese people eat anything that flies – except planes; and anything that has four legs – except tables.

CHINESE DISHES

Chinese dishes are divided into four major regional styles: Beijing, Shanghai, Sichuan and Cantonese.
Perhaps by virtue of its geographical proximity, the most commonly found dishes in Macao are Cantonese.

CANTONESE DISHES

Cantonese dishes differ from those of other Chinese provinces because of the local wide plains and mild climate, along with recipes that make great use of the easy access to the rich bounty of the South China Sea.

There is also evidence of a strong influence from Western cuisine, due to historical reasons, which has enabled the region to boast a range of different cooking styles – all of which goes together to mean that, to the tourists as much as to the locals, there are plenty of delicacies offered.

Tea

Chinese tea once represented part of the mystery of the Orient to Westerners, with tea in Europe being prized almost as much as gold. Nowadays, of course, tea remains a global phenomenon, drank in cups on every continent and country, with Chinese tea a staple for many the world over.

Why is tea traditionally served with meals in China?

First of all, most Chinese dishes are greasy. That is why it’s best to drink tea with your meal, especially for those, whose digestions tend to be weak because of greasy food, as the tea can in fact work with the food to leave your mouth feeling refreshed.
In Macao, some good Cantonese restaurants offer a separate tea menu. Indeed, some particularly high-class restaurants may also offer a tea professional, who is there specifically to provide patrons with the best quality tea and to recommend teas that go well with your meal.

Types of Chinese Tea

Here are a few of the best kinds of tea that are particularly worth a sip.

Oolong Tea
Longjing Tea
Puer Tea
Wuyi Tea
Black Tea

Oolong Tea

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Thanks to the fermentation process, a unique scent arises in this tea. Unless it’s your very first time with Chinese tea, Oolong tea will leave you captivated and wanting more.

Longjing Tea

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This is the best example of Chinese green tea and is a renowned specialty of Hangzhou, near Shanghai. If you see the shape of its tealeaves, which are dried flat, you can easily tell it apart from other types of tea. Its delicate flavor leaves the mouth refreshed.

Puer Tea

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It’s from Yunnan Province of China, and is a fully-fermented tea. It’s black in color and is particularly loved by Cantonese people. It makes you feel relaxed and works really well at removing grease from the body especially after eating. That might be why Macao locals generally order Puer tea after eating Dim Sum or to go with their meals.

Wuyi Tea

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It’s a tea from Wuyi Shan that goes through a process called Hongbei, giving it a deeply smoky flavor, which somehow, in the tea itself, lends a delicacy to its taste, meaning even beginners can enjoy it.

Black Tea

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This is, simply, black tea. It differs from English black tea, which is a blended mix of various tealeaves, whereas, in Chinese black tea, what is enjoyed is the tea leaf itself. You can try out the different black teas that each region specializes in; it’s generally best to stick to Keemun black teas, which are the most accessible black teas and are widely popular.

Dessert

Dessert is the finale of a meal. Macao has developed its dessert culture for a long time, meaning there are so many different types of desserts, more than you can imagine.

Some travelers say they come to Macao just for the desserts. Let’s journey into a sweetness that can never be escaped.

For your reference, some Cantonese restaurants have dessert menus on the Dim Sum menu. If you can’t find the dessert you want, make sure to check with the waiter.

Types of Dessert

Chilled Mango and Sago Cream with Pomelo
Egg Custard Bun
Pumpkin Cake
Chilled Sweetened Bean Curd Flavored with Almond
Steamed Milk Pudding

Chilled Mango and Sago Cream with Pomelo

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Normally it’s called Sago. It’s a dessert with mango juice mixed with coconut milk and grape fruit pulp and various sliced fruits, eaten with a spoon. The taste varies by restaurant, with some places adding a lot of coconut milk in to enhance the smoothness and some places adding sour fruits like pineapple to make it more refreshing.

Egg Custard Bun

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It’s a Dim Sum-style dessert full of custard cream inside a steamed bun. Recently, it has become more high quality, with milk cream added to custard.

Pumpkin Cake

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It’s a glutinous rice ball made out of grinded old pumpkin. It has the sweetness of old pumpkin and the softness of glutinous rice – it’s a comfort food.

Chilled Sweetened Bean Curd Flavored with Almond

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It’s an unfamiliar tofu dessert. It’s soft tofu covered with grinded almond sweet sauce. The soft texture of tofu and almonds make for a harmonized flavor.

Steamed Milk Pudding

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This is well known as milk pudding to travelers. It’s translated as pudding but it’s closer to heated milk. Many people are crazy about it, with its soft texture and the unique sweetness of the milk flavor.

The above is the Tea and Desserts in Chinese Dim Sum and Dishes that I can share with you today in Macau trip. Friends who like food and travel, Macau is really a place to go.

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