Meet me in Macao

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Macao Trading Co. takes you to another place upon entrance. You truly are transported to Asia when you walk in the door. The decor pushes you into an oriental trading company from colonial times on the island.

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I had been to Macao Trading Co. in Tribeca before for some wonderful cocktails in the downstairs lounge but had never dined at Macao. Let me tell you that I was pleasantly surprised. A fun, trendy place for cocktails in Lower Manhattan that also has tasty food with original preparations? And with great service and no side of pretension? I must be dreaming. But, no. I am simply dining at Macao. 

I was truly surprised by just how tasty the food was at this hotspot – because, well, oftentimes the frequenters of these hotspots don’t tend to eat but simply drink, so the food is normally bleh. Sorry I’m not sorry I don’t look like Gisele Bundchen and therefore I do, indeed, like to eat. 

Ok – anyways – sorry to all those out there who have an annual tradition of watching the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show for “thinspiration” and have a gust of wind for dinner – but I went to Macao a few months back and ate, drank, and was merry. If you didn’t get the Santa reference there, well…

Here are some photos and descriptions of the delicious dishes I devoured at Macao:

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This is pretty self explanatory but this is fried rice with a sunny side up egg on top. Eggcelent you say?

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Chicken and Pork Belly steamed dumplings. Better than average. And who doesn’t like good dumplings.

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Mushroom & Truffle croquettes that bring out the Portuguese influence on Macanese cuisine.

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Shrimp Mozambique spiced up with bountiful black pepper and rosemary.

Overall I am intrigued by Macanese cuisine and would love to try out some Macanese recipes soon!

Look out for a post on my cooking Macanese cuisine adventure. Time to channel my inner Giada!