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Sydney turns gastronomic attention on Macau this month

October 9, 2013 Destination Global, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59The former Portuguese enclave of Macau, now a Special Administrative Region of China, has taken centre stage in Sydney on the culinary front. Macao is Sydney’s flavour of the month for October 2013.

Focusing attention on Macau will be the annual Macau Festival at Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour, a free two-day family event to be held over the weekend of 19-20 October, complete with entertainment, children activities, information on Macau and further Macanese, Portuguese and Chinese delicacies.

Desmond Carneiro,executive sous chef, Feast Restaurant, Sheraton on the Park Sydney

Desmond Carneiro,executive sous chef, Feast Restaurant, Sheraton on the Park Sydney

As a tasty entree, the plush Sheraton on the Park’s Feast restaurant is hosting a 17-day Macau Food Festival from 4-20 October. The restaurant’s popular buffet features dishes uniquely Macanese, the region’s cuisine being a fusion of Portuguese, Indian, Malay and Chinese cooking, evolved over 500 years of Portuguese history in tinhy Macau.

Travel writers visiting the Sheraton on the Park’s Feast restaurant last Friday gained a foretaste of the Macanese delicacies prepared for the second successive year by the hotel’s executive sous chef, Desmond Carneiro. They included spicy African chicken, Macanese curry prawns, Caldo Verde (a Portuguese potato-based soup), a casserole of bacalhau (cod), and Minchi (mince topped with a fried egg).

Desserts such as the traditional Serradura and the much sought-after Macau egg tarts graced the buffet.

Carneiro, born in New Delhi and with an extensive family background in Goa (another former Portuguese colony) inherited his passion for cooking from his great grandfather, a chef serving in the Merchant Navy sailing the spice routes to Macau.

Carneiro thus grew up surrounded by cultural and culinary influences very similar to those in Macau.

Meanwhile, grilled chilli prawns, chorizo and brandy, and a Macau seafood dish with rice will be among delicacies served at stalls in Darling Harbour during the weekend-long Macau Festival.

As in previous years, on-going entertainment will feature a mix of traditional Portuguese and Chinese cultural dance and song. Families can enjoy free face painting, caricature drawings and balloon sculptures along with photographs superimposed for postcards on Macau. A pavilion will focus attention the November running of the 60th Macau Grand Prix, complete with simulators to test your driving skills over the challenging road circuit.

Visitors to the Darling Harbour event will be able to buy packages of tasty imported cakes and pastries from Choi Heong Yuen, a long-established bakery founded in Macau in 1935. Guests who venture to both festivals will be eligible to enter a promotion giving the chance to win a holiday for two to Macau, flying Virgin Atlantic and staying at the Sheraton Macao.

Written by : Peter Needham

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