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“New environment, same old taste”
Review of Tai Lei Loi Kei

Tai Lei Loi Kei
Ranked #218 of 743 Restaurants in Macau
Cuisines: Chinese, Portuguese
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Singapore
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54 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“New environment, same old taste”
Reviewed 15 January 2012

A local friend told us that this iconic pork chop bun place moved to The Grande Shoppes at The Venetian, we couldn't be happier since we were putting up there. (We were all set to walk to Taipa Village for our bun fix, but this was great news!) The pork chop bun was still as good as I remembered from a few years back. As was the milk tea, which is served in an old styled metal tea pot and a generous portion of evaporated milk in a separate glass topped with a sieve (to catch the tea leaves).

All in all, still an enjoyable experience. Although the feeling of savouring the bun and tea beside the canal, paled in comparison to doing the same under the trees at the original store.
Ww

  • Visited January 2012
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Thai first
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Hong Kong, China
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40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Iconic cafe starting to show signs of wear, but still worth a visit now and again”
Reviewed 14 December 2011

大利來記 or Tai Lei Loi Kei is one of Macau's cafes that is popular among locals and tourists alike. They are well known for their pork chop bun, which they make fresh (the bun as well) starting at 3pm until they are sold out, which is typically anywhere from 5pm to 7pm depending on which day you go. They serve other simple foods, like curried fish balls, squid or noodle and other sandwiches.

Location:
It's located about 2 blocks southwest from a popular tourist attraction, Rua da Cunha or 官也街. It's behind the Historical Museum of Coloane and Taipa, and only has outdoor seating. So if the weather is hot and humid, then it can get pretty uncomfortable. If you're looking to order a pork chop bun, then you have to head inside the kitchen area to order and pay for it. Anything else (snacks, drinks etc) you can order separately from the staff.

It's not too far from the Venetian, but unless the weather is mild and you know where you're going, you're better off taking a cab from there (around $20 MOP fare).

Food:
You definitely have to try the pork chop bun. It's one of the foods that Macau is well known for. There are other places you can try this at, but Tai Lei Loi Kei has a long history and has been one of the more famous places that serves them. They make the buns fresh, which makes a big difference compared to other places that might just have their buns delivered by a bakery in the morning. Since they have limited buns they bake each day, once they sell out of pork chop buns then that's it. You will have to try again some other day! It's definitely quite good, but I have to admit that on off days, you'll find that the pork chop is dry or too fatty, so it struggles with consistency sometimes. That being said, I will make a trip out to Taipa just to get one when I am in Macau, so give it a try. Their other menu items are ok as well, but nothing special. Their chicken wings are decent, as are their curry items. The curry is maybe a touch spicier than what you'd expect, so you might want to pass by the 7-11 across the main street and pick up some water beforehand.

Prices:
This is a cheap cafe, so prices are quite low overall, but they charge a premium relative to other chinese style cafes (cha chan teng/茶餐廳).

  • Visited July 2011
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