There are three things that remind me of Macau. Sparkling casino, Ruins of the majestic St. Paul’s Church, and the Portuguese Egg Tart that is spread around Macau. Frankly speaking, I do not really put my heart into the first two. Firstly, I do not do gamble, because it is haram (if I lose). Then, I do not really like the ruins, because it is always full of people, so I can not find my perfect selfie spot. But the case for the Portuguese Egg Tart is different, since it is one of my favourite foods in the world.
Wait, Portuguese egg tart, in Macau? How come?
Taken from Wikipedia, there was a time when Macau became a colony of Portuguese, and later, became an overseas province under Portuguese administration. It was from 1557 to 1999, that made Macau was both the first and last European colony in China.
Portuguese traders first settled in Macau in the 16th century, then in 1557 Macau was rented to Portugal by the Chinese empire as a trading port. The Portuguese administered the city under Chinese authority and sovereignty until 1887, when Macau became a colony of the Portuguese Empire. Sovereignty over Macau was transferred back to China on 20 December 1999.
Back in 2012, when I was visiting Macau for the first time, I got curious with the sweet-smelling aroma that teased my sense of smell on my way to the ruins. I followed it, and found out that the aroma came from a display case in front of a snack store named Pastelaria Koi Kei. Inside the case, I saw many small yellow tarts with their burnt creamy custard on the top and layers of crispy crust around it.
“It’s an egg tart.” Said the lady inside the store. “Portuguese egg tart.”