|Interior of the Lou Kau Mansion|
|Drinking glasses, just like Grandma's!|
|St Dominic's Church|
Then, there is the food. Whoever would have thought that the Portuguese liked their sambal belacan so much that they took it to Macau with them? And yet, here it is, unmistakable, selling in the tourist food shops of Taipa and Macau. I must admit I could not resist and bought a little bottle to try at home.
We tried quite a few Macanese restaurants. The dishes are not that similar to Eurasian dishes in Singapore - you do not get curry devil or Feng, for example. But the oxtail stew sold in the food court in the Venetian - who would ever have thought that it would taste remarkably similar (although not nearly so good) as my mother's? And the chicken curry noodles - removing the rather alien taste of the curry, the base of onions, tomatoes, tumeric and spices could be the base of a good chicken stew back in Singapore.
We also tried out the famous Portuguese egg tart. Yes, we tried those at Lord Stowe's bakery, which had a handily located branch at The Venetian, where we were staying. A crisp, flaky pastry, beautifully smooth custard under a caramelised top - yes, this has indeed become the definitive egg tart, at least for me.
|Macau-style Pineapple pastries|
Naturally, Macau is not Malacca, nor Singapore. It retains its own distinctive culture, and is obviously more "Chinese" than either Malacca nor Singapore. But just like the Macau Museum seeks to illustrate, it is one more point on this planet when East and West met, merged, and created a new and distinctively different culture and way of life.
For more photos of Macau (including some which are definitely not linked to its colonial heritage) click here. For more about Macau and its heritage, check out this website.