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Cafe Tai Lei Loi Kei (大利来记) @ Taipa

10:56 AM , 4 Comments

the famed pork chop bun shop

I must have driven my companions wonky with the incessant chanting of "豬扒包" the moment I step foot on Macau. Risking my life in a cab driver who drove to outrace an F1 driver and would only grunt or nod in response, I finally joined the snaking queue at 330pm, half an hour short of its reported closing time. Fans from near and far gather every day religiously slightly before the official selling time of 3pm to get a glimpse and taste of the pork chop buns.

they have an in house model

By 4pm, these are usually sold out. I was in the queue for approximately 15 minutes but it was a bearable wait as it moved rather quickly. The plump lady over the counter entertained us quite abit whilst she tucked into her lunch heartily. From afar, I thought it was their famous buns...inching closer, it was Mcdonalds burger. We all thought she was inspired by the burger.
snaking queues


Everyone in the coffeeshop had the same outlook; munching heartily on the prized pork chop bun with a drink in a glass bottle and probably a bowl of curry fishballs. There would be an occasional diner tucking into pork chop instant noodles.

finally laid my hands on it

Clutching onto the prized piping hot pork chop bun (MOP18) , there was a flicker of victory in every patron's eye as they left the counter. I swear I almost broke out in a victorious chant or was so close to shrieking "eureka" when it was my turn. Dramatic it was indeed, it's perhaps the whole "what if it gets sold out before my very eyes" mentality.

Toasty crispy chewy buns snugly hugged around a thick juicy pork chop barbequed to such smokey perfect. I figure I've included too many adjectives in a single sentence...but it is certainly not overrated for a pork chop fan. The slab of tender pork chop with fats got me chomping nonstop, barely stopping to talk. No need for butter nor fanciful salad, it is as simple as it gets...and I get all the hype. Totally.

The bone that came with it....clearly it is not an overprocessed overmarinated patty. Best eaten straight off the oven, of course!
old school drinks

I could not resist reliving the past with a glass bottle of soyabean milk.
An afternoon well spent, well stuffed....well lived indeed.
大利来记 氹仔巴波沙總督街號地下

A foodie born to eat, shop and travel. Forced to work.

4 comments:

  1. OMG you had Cafe Tai Lei's pork chop bun. Looks so AMAAZZZZZ.....INGGG!!!

    Watch this!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5urFXFZ4OxU

    hahaha and I went to bed last night fantasizing about pork chop buns! :/ Bourdain says, "Pork good. Pork on sandwich? Better." So need one now badly. Just look at him gnawing at the bone.

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  2. hahahaha it WAS amazing. :) do head to macau when ure in hk!!!! I went on a porkchop bun-portugese egg tart frenzy. :x anthony bourdain isn't my yardstick of good food but he does make food look like they taste out of this world.

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  3. HI! UR ARTICLES WERE REALLY ENTERTAINING AND COMICAL~!! READ A TONNE OF THEM THE ENTIRE AFTERNOON, ESPECIALLY THE ONES IN MACAO =) THANKS FOR SHARING UR EXPERIENCES

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  4. @anon: thanks for reading! :) glad you enjoyed them...

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