Tai Lei Loi Kei is another wildly famous establishment in Macau, known for their Choapa Bao (Pork Chop Bun). The original Tai Lei Loi Kei is found in the old Taipa Village near the History of Taipa and Coloane Museum. Queues can often be very long, a testament to the popularity of this long standing eatery with locals. There is often tables setup for you to sit and enjoy your pork bun as well.
In recent years, Tai Lei Lok Kei has opened up a branch in the Venetian Canal Shoppes area. Also, recently, they opened a small branch on the street just off the bottom steps of the Ruins of St. Paul in the main Historic Center of Macau.
During our recent visit to Macau, we sampled the pork buns at the original location in Taipa and the branch near the Ruins of St. Paul to see if we could detect a difference. Unfortunately, in both cases, the pork buns we were served tasted very ordinary and not worthy of the accolades often given to Tai Lei Loi Kei for their delicious pork bun sandwiches. To be completely honest, neither were much different than the usual pork buns you can buy in other restaurants and on the streets of Macau.
We were left concerned that Tai Lei Loi Kei might be living off their historical reputation now and going cheap on the meals. Really hope this isn't the case and that we just happened to have two unlucky visits in a row. Not sure when we'll return considering the amount of very good food to try when in Macau. However, for those wanting to sample famous foods in Macau, this is another one to make time for.
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