Monday, 5 August 2013

Koi Kei Bakery and Choi Heong Yuen - Macau

Macau is Special Administrative Region (SAR) in China. It's an hour ride on the TurboJet from Hong Kong to Macau - making it a very easy day trip destination. 
Macau Ferry 
TurboJet Station

Trishaw waiting area

Macau's fabulous hotels

Koi Kei Bakery
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Koi Kei Bakery is EVERYWHERE in Macau. In the 15 minutes it took to get from Senado Square to the Ruins of St. Paul, there were 6 Koi Kei Bakeries and all of them had free samples of their famous almond cookies (picture on the left). They were really delicious! The best almond cookie we had in Macau was from Koi Kei. It had the perfect balance between crumbly and powdery texture with the almond and hard cookie from the compression process. The jerky was really nicely flavoured too. All 6 Koi Kei Bakery stores were super busy.

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Po Tart (Portuguese Tart)
A Macau specialty - it's a combination between a pastel de nata (traditional Portuguese Egg Tart pastry) and a Chinese Egg Tart. The Po Tart at Koi Kei was a nice mix of custard and egg with a more solid texture to the custard. It didn't break easily and the custard wasn't runny - it's also less sweet than an egg tart and it was nice and hot without being too burnt.

Choi Heong Yuen
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Choi Heong Yuen Bakery is the main competitor of Koi Kei Bakery. It used to be the most popular bakery until Koi Kei came into the business. They also had a lot of free samples of jerky and their Macau specialties. However, when you try Choi Heong Yuen and Koi Kei's cookies and jerky, you can really taste the difference. Choi Heong Yuen's almond cookies are a lot more powdery and not as tightly compact as Koi Kei's. Also, I liked the taste of the Koi Kei's almond cookies better.
Po Tart
The Po tart was burnt on the top and not very hot. The custard was runny which made it sloppy to eat since the crust was also soggier. The Po Tart turnover was slower at Choi Heong Yuen than Koi Kei.

The best place to compare Choi Heong Yuen and Koi Kei:

They have shops right across from each other in the Venetian Hotel!

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