[Macau] Some may not know that the famed Macau Portuguese Egg Tarts were actually created by an Englishman.
Lord Stow’s Bakery 安德鲁葡挞 from Macau has become synonymous with these tarts of caramelised crème brulee like appearance, flaky pastry contrasted with rich creamy filling.
The founder Andrew Stow was inspired by the Pasteis de Nata from Portugal, and experimented with his own version. (Andrew was called “Lord” because he was the only well-known Englishman in Macau in the 1980s.)
Portugese in style, English influenced – the Portugese flour and water thickening was replaced with fresh cream.
You may have seen similar versions from Macau, Hong Kong, Taiwan and even Japan, but people say the Lord Stow ones are still the best.
The Lord Stow’s Egg Tarts (MOP10, SGD1.50) looked deceptively simple, with a slightly burnt appearance.
The queue was short, but egg tarts constantly came out from the ovens as hungry tourists bought boxes after boxes.
That burnt sugar aroma.
I took quite shots, and quickly took my bite in one, for fear that it would get too cold.
Oohhhhhh… The crust flaky and crisp, and that wafer thin layer of caramelised top matched with smooth eggy creaminess was ‘arresting’.
This probably was one of the best egg tarts (in any forms) I ever eaten.
The tart probably worked doubly well because it came fresh out from the oven. I say, worth every calorie, but do not wait too long before consuming.
On another occasion, I had one which seemed to have been left in the shelf for a while, and therefore didn’t taste as impressive.
Tip: If you want to reheat the tarts, put them in an oven and cook for 3 minutes at 200 degrees. NO microwave oven.
The alternative is to consume them cold from the fridge, like an irresistible egg dessert.
The original Lord Stow’s Bakery is at Coloane Macau, though there are branches at Venetian or Taipa Village which are more accessible to tourists.
Lord Stow’s Bakery (Original Shop)
1 Rua do Tassara, Coloane, Macau
Tel: +853 2888 2534
Opening Hours: 7am – 10pm Daily
Lord Stow’s Bakery & Café (Venetian)
Shop 870, Mask Street, The Grand Canal Shoppes Venetian, Macau
Tel: +853 2886 6889
Opening Hours: 10am – 11pm (Sun – Thurs), 10am – 12am (Fri – Sat)
Lord Stow’s Garden Café
G/F C Houston Court 21 Largo do Matadouro, Coloane Village, Macau
Tel: +853 2888 1851
Opening Hours: 9am – 10pm, 9:30pm last order (Tues – Sun), 9am – 5pm, 4pm last order (Mon)
Largo do Matadouro, Coloane Village, Macau
Tel: +853 2888 2174
Opening Hours: 9am – 6pm Daily
Lord Stow’s Bakery – Taipa Village
Rua do Cunha, 9-E, Pak Hung, G/F, Taipa, Macau
Tel: +853 2857 6580
Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm Daily
Lord Stow’s Egg Tarts are also available in Hong Kong under Exclusive License @ EXpresso at the Excelsior
The Excelsior Ground Floor, 281 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2837 6777
Opening Hours: 7am – 7pm (Mon – Fri), 8am – 7pm (Sat), 8am – 6pm (Sun, PH)