Date Traveled, January 2012
The Pastel de nata is an egg tart of Portuguese origin. It is very similar to Chinese egg tarts and I am not sure if they have been influenced by the Portuguese style tart. The main difference is that the Portuguese pastel de nata has dark burn like spots on the top of the tart where the yolk is while the Chinese tarts I have had typically have a smooth yellow surface on top. But out of all the egg tarts I have had, Portuguese or otherwise, the ones I ate at Lord Stows in the Venetian Macau are the tastiest.
Lord Stow is not Portuguese, but is actually an Englishman whose bakery chain started I believe in Coloane in Macau and where the biggest stores are, including his sit down restaurant version. I was on a day trip to Macau and unfortunately did not have the time to visit Coloane, but having heard so much about the Portuguese style egg tarts at Macau and the fact that there was an outlet of Lord Stows bakery in the Venetian, I had made up my mind to pay a visit.
The bakery is located somewhere in the canal area where all the shopping is located in the Venetian. I was with my partner and her mother who had never heard of Lord Stow's before and were uninterested in eating egg tarts at that moment...that is until they tried a bite of mine and we all ended up eating three each. They both agreed it was the best egg tart they had eaten as well.
The Venetian Macau
The things are not exactly light snacks and after three we were quite full and had to force ourselves to stop. My partner's mother did buy a whole box though to take back to her relatives in Hong Kong. Definitely a must do to try out pastel de natas from Lord Stows should you find yourself in Macau.