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Monday, July 7, 2008

Nga Tim Café
1 Rua Caetano, Coloane Village, Macau
2888 2086

After checking into our hostel in Macau, we took a bus to Coloane and had a late lunch there.

Popular with tourists and locals, the restaurant serves up authentic Portuguese fare which makes use of the infamous bacalhau (salted cod fish) liberally.

We started with the Caldo Verde (HKD$18+/SGD$3.20+) which is considered by many to be Portugal’s national dish. It’s actually kale soup made with mashed potatoes, onions, kale, olive oil and slices of chourico (sausages). I like this simple and tasty soup!

The Deep Fried Bacalhau Croquettes (HKD$44+/SGD$8+) are good too. It’s not oily and the proportion of potato to bacalhau is just nice.

My parents have the Baked Seafood Rice (HKD$48+/SGD$8.70+) which is very fragrant. There’s an abundance of prawns, scallops and crabmeat.

My favourite is the Baked Sardines with Cheese (HKD$45+/SGD$8.10+)! These are fresh sardines and not the canned types we are familiar with. Luckily, the taste of cheese is very subtle and does not cover the natural flavor of the sardines.

I only have one word to describe the Bacalhau Salt Cod (HKD$98+/SGD$17.80+): salty! It’s baked and served with mashed potatoes. The potatoes offset the saltiness very well but there was too little of it. I think this is the 1st time I wish a dish has more accompanying potatoes. The piece of cod fish was very large though.

The café has a beautiful outdoor setting and it’s located in the colonnade on the left side of the famous St. Francis Xavier Church. We really enjoyed our lunch with views of the church plaza and the waterfront.

There's more hits than misses here and I think Nga Tim Cafe's rendition of Portuguese food is quite authentic, though I'm a novice of Portuguese cuisine.


2:15 PM



In ancient Greek mythology, sirens are creatures which have the body of a bird and the head of a woman. They have such sweet voices that sailors who heard their songs were lured into grounding their boats on the rocks on which the nymphs sang.

To me, food are like the sirens in so many ways. Intoxicating, wonderful, beautiful and yet, so very deadly if you let them get the better of you. Food is a big part of my life and it’s meant to be appreciated and savored slowly. I admit that I am extremely particular about what I eat. If it’s not something I want to put in my body, I’d rather not eat. Some people eat to live while others live to eat. I’ve yet to discover which side of the camp I’m in… What about you?

I hope that you will enjoy reading about my food adventures as much as I like writing them. And many thanks to my family and friends who always wait patiently for me to take photos before digging in!


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