Originally Posted by FWWM
Thanks for these reports rick. May I ask, how did you find the food situation in Macao (for a westerner)?
English is not a problem there at all in getting around and eating out. I speak fluent Mandarin and even though most people speak it, they almost always responded in English so I eventually just switched to English entirely unless in a place that only gets mainlanders.
They have great Portugese food if you are looking for western. If you are in one of the fancy casinos you can get a very fine western meal of the more familiar variety.
Macau is also well known for pastries, I know a family in Hong Kong that heads over on the ferry a few times a year just to go the the bakery they love then head back right away.
Otherwise, the food is mostly Southern Chinese style or other regional SEA cuisine. I love eating that stuff so I was happy. My favorite places to eat were little hole in the wall places and just picking randomly because they do a good fusion at those places so stuff will be somewhat familiar but also pretty new at the same time, like you'll get a sandwich but the interior will be Asian - kind of like the Vietnamese sandwiches if you are familiar with that. I'm a bit more adventurous than most though. Also a place that my friend says has great wings called Wing Pacific or something. It's a very friendly place with an awesome Filipino staff that unlike the neighboring places is actually intended to be a bar for drinking and eating. It's near MP3 bar, try not to ask for directions because people will assume you're going to pick up hookers so if you go there just search for mp3 bar and the wing bar is a few bars down and just trust google maps
To be honest I usually just grind out 15 hour sessions and grab something simple on the way to and from the poker room - unless with friends and then it's fancier stuff. You can also order food while playing - at least at the wynn and they have some western stuff.
Dim sum is amazing and pretty simple in composition/flavor so you should be able to handle that no problem. Otherwise you can always fall back on Portugese or fancy casino dining.
Eat soup dumplings or "Tang Bao 汤包" not like the drink Tang but a soft a like salad tong and bao like bowzer. I could eat those every day and rarely meet anyone that doesn't like them. Just be careful, they are delicate and full of soup so hold use a spoon and bring your head over the table otherwise you may dribble a little on yourself until you get used to them.