Late last year, Macau became just the third Chinese city after Chengdu and Shunde to be designated a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy. According to UNESCO, the Creative Cities concept recognizes cities who “foster innovation as key drivers for a more sustainable and inclusive urban environment,” in this case through food.
I can’t pretend to explain the full meaning of this in any great detail, but as someone who wasn’t born in Macau I can attest to the remarkable array of dining options that continue to emerge in this city that has become such an important part of my life.
Only last month I found myself contemplating Macau’s culinary excellence after a particularly busy few days spent mixing business and pleasure. As such, in the space of 72 hours I enjoyed amazing yet incredibly diverse meals at a charming breakfast café on the Macau Peninsula, wonton noodle soup at Grand Lisboa, a cheap and delicious traditional Portuguese meal in Taipa, Korean BBQ in old Macau’s backstreets and finally Michelin-starred Indian at Golden Peacock at the Venetian Macao. All so different yet not a bad meal among them – this is what makes Macau such a unique and special place.