[Macau] The Pork Chop Bun is one of the most iconic food items from Macau, and one cannot leave there without trying this definitive street snack.
Tai Lei Lok Kei 大利来记 is probably the most well-known eatery aka touristy place try the Pork Chop Bun, established back in 1968 by Ms Kwok Loi-Ho. (You would see her face plastered every where in the shop.)
The flagship store is located at Taipa Village, and more convenient places to get them would be the foodhall within The Venetian Canal Shoppes, and near the Ruins of St. Paul.
Taipa Village may not be the easiest place to get to (I cabbed there from City Of Dreams, estimated 10 minutes), but it is filled with historical buildings, charming alleys and shophouses.
Worth a visit if you have the time.
Surprisingly, the eatery was almost empty, and only had one other table of a group of young travellers from Taiwan armed with guide books. The aunties hanging around looked visibly bored, but they were friendly. But I did read that there would be queues and could get packed.
Even though the recommended is the Original Pork Chop Bun (MOP35, SGD$6), I say go for the Polo Pork Chop Bun version (MOP35) instead.
You get a slab of sweet-savoury marinated pork chop (said to be from Brazil) sandwiched between soft, fluffy sweet bun. The meat had a fine balance of leanness and tenderness, and none of that ‘porky’ aftertaste as well.
Though there are those who said “standard has dropped”, and some of friends were NOT THAT impressed.
When I took a bite and chew, there was a play of buttery flaky crust mixed with the moist meat. So much pleasure.
I would want to have this again. Okay, need to plan a trip back to Macau.
澳门大利来记猪扒包 Tai Lei Loi Kei
35 Rua Correia da Silva, Taipa Village, Macau
Tel: +853 2882 7150
Opening Hours: 8:00a m – 6:00pm
Just so you know, Tai Lei Loi Kei has opened a branch at Serangoon NEX, and more recently at Vivocity basement. Buns are priced at $6.90.
Tai Lei Loi Kei Singapore
Vivocity #B2-26A 1 HarbourFront Walk Singapore 098585
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm
23 Serangoon Central, NEX Shopping Mall, #B2-15 Singapore 556083
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 10:30pm