This is a continuation of “1/2 of Team foodmarks Goes to Macau!” post.
Before going somewhere else, we ate lunch first. When we arrived at the main island, we immediately searched for any restaurant. My mom and I came across this small Chinese restaurant packed with people.
Resourcefulness in times of hunger: Since the servers can’t understand English and we can’t understand Chinese, we took pictures of the appealing food photos on their wall. Then we showed the pictures to them so they will know what we want to order.
Burp! The trip continues….
The historical Ruins of St. Paul is probably the most famous tourist spot in Macau. I wasn’t surprised that the roads leading to the site were flooded with people. To add to this, my family and I went there during a holiday season so imagine how crowded it was! It was as if there was a big sale going on!
Public vehicles are not allowed on the roads going to the ruins. Due to this, we had no choice but to walk. In our case, we walked from Hotel Lisboa to the ruins. It took us around 1.5 hours to get there. Well, without the distractions of shopping and trying free food, it would just probably take us around 15 minutes. Haha!
It is easy to find the site but if further service assistance is needed, there is a tourism center near Instituto para os Assuntos Civicos e Municipais Building in Avenida Almeida Ribeiro.
Sto. Domingo Church: One of the landmarks going to Ruins of St. Paul
Going back to food encounters….
Beating the heat: It was so hot so my mom bought her favorite strawberry ice cream from Haagen Dazs.
Egg tarts! Egg Tarts! And more egg tarts! They taste fine but I still prefer egg tarts from Margaret’s Café e Nata.
Do you know what’s inside this?
Castanas or chestnuts are being cooked inside this “cement mixer”-like equipment. It pops like popcorn. Actually, I got a little bit scared while taking a picture and a video of it.
At first, I was hesitant on trying these because my mom, who is not a fan of these kinds of street food, may not permit me. Still, I can’t resist trying these though! I was so happy I tried it. Also, I was glad that my mom tried and enjoyed it.
Shabu- shabu style: There was an option of a plain soup (I think it was chicken stock.) or satay-based soup. One of my favorites was the ball with melted cheese inside in satay-based soup.
Alas! Ruins of St. Paul!
We were greeted by young dragon dancers practicing. I also took a video of their performance.
Seeing the infrastructures and experiencing the whole journey of walking around made me realize how strong the Portuguese influence is in Macau. I also love that Macau still infuses Chinese culture and the Portuguese culture to create their very own Macanese culture.
Ruins of St. PaulAddress: Rua de Sau Paulo For more information visit Macau Tourism website.
Have you been to the Ruins of St. Paul? Were you not distracted by shopping and trying the different kinds of food? What were your food encounters? What was your favorite? Tell us! We’d love to know it!
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