While Macau is famous for its casinos and many churches, what stands out as usual, is the local food. Today we’re going to talk about one of the more popular night hawker spots on the peninsular – Keong Kei Lamb Stew.
Keong Kei is located just a few minutes’ walk from the famous Ruins of St Paul, the tourist attraction almost everyone visits while in Macau.
Operating from 6:30pm to midnight, the stall has tables set up by the “Y” intersection of the road, just like how a proper “tai pai tong” should be.
On a chilly night in autumn, the place does get quite packed and you often need to wait for a bit for an empty table.
Once seated, you can then make your order of lamb stew (usually comes with tripe, ribs, and so forth) cooked in a clay pot placed atop a portable clay stove fuelled by charcoal, which also serves as your hand warmer.
Additionally, you can order fresh romaine lettuce and tofu skin. The operator pretty much assumes everyone knows what the stalls has and doesn’t have so if you’re new, do ask.
They may not be the friendliest business owners in typical Macau fashion, but they don’t bite.
The meat however was a little too tough despite having been stewed on top of a charcoal fire for quite a while. Perhaps this is how the locals like it. The condiment of chilli paste with fermented tofu, however, was quite lovely.
If you find yourself in Macau, this is definitely one of the more authentic spots to stop at for supper.
A small pot is priced at 130 MOP and bigger ones’ at 230 MOP (exchange rate was at around 1 MYR = 2 MOP).
While these prices may seem steep by Malaysian standards, this isn’t any more expensive than other similar hawker stalls in Macau.
Edificio Ngai In Kuok
Tv. das Janelas Verdes, Macau
GPS: 22.196024, 113.539918
Hours: 6:30 pm to midnight
Trying to influence your cravings since 2005, Kar Yeong was Guest Judge on Versus 1001 Rasa Baba’s 2018, R.AGE Food Fight Judge 2015 and NTV7 Foodie Blogger 2014. To read more about Kar Yeong’s food journeys, visit his blog at www.KYSpeaks.com