Family-Style Macanese Afternoon Tea

The Manor’s CháGordo Pays Homage to Macanese Culinary Heritage

The St. Regis Macao, Cotai Central is collaborating with Macanese expert Chef Antonieta Fernandes Manhão (Neta) to present an enhanced Chá Gordo – the afternoon tea buffet celebrating the unique Macanese tradition of a traditional family-style tea time, showcasing rare Macanese dishes and local delicacies.

Chef Neta has brought her knowledge and passion for authentic Macanese cuisine and injected it into the Chá Gordo menu, which features over 30 exquisite delicacies in an elegant, traditional buffet setting at The Manor. 

“Macao has a reputation around the world for its food, and Chá Gordo is one of those rare traditions that we should be proud of the most,” Chef Neta said. 

“Chá Gordo represents some of the best parts of Macao’s culinary heritage, and I consider it an honour to be able to share this tradition with the community, and do my part to keep it alive.”  

Chá Gordo, which literally translates into “Fat Tea” from Portuguese, is a hallmark of great Macanese hospitality influenced by Portuguese and Chinese culinary customs. Chá Gordo is traditionally a family home celebration served in the late afternoon with a big dose of gusto. 

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The St. Regis Macao Managing Director, Janet McNab, said when Chá Gordo was launched in 2018, The Manor collected classic recipes to recreate an afternoon tea experience that captures this unique Macanese culture.

“The influence of Macao’s rich cultural heritage permeates through so many aspects of The St. Regis Macao and The Manor, and we are honoured to welcome Chef Neta’s expertise and in-depth appreciation of Macao culinary history and tradition to present an authentic Chá Gordo experience,” Ms Mc Nab said.

The Manor’s “Chá Gordo – Fat Tea” menu features a mixture of savoury and sweet dishes, including Apabicos (pork & salted radish dumplings), Chilicote (fried minchi beef & pork pastries), Chilicote-Folhas (pork & balichão steamed dumplings) and Pãozinhos Recheado (crisp fried mini bun, curried minced meat).

Guests can also delight in traditional desserts such as Pudim Molotof (Portuguese egg white cake), Bagi (coconut rice pudding), Bolo de Chocolate (Portuguese chocolate cake), Ladu (coconut, soya & palm sugar cake), as well as Macao’s signature drinks Xarope de Figo (homemade fig syrup) and Xarope de Agrião (homemade watercress syrup). 

In addition to Macanese delicacies, the menu also includes Chinese dim sum classics such as BBQ Pork Buns, Pork Siu Mai, and local favorites such as Maltose cracker sandwiches. To round off the culture-crossing meal, guests can choose to sample Minchi, a Macanese home-style dish, or Lacassá(Rice Vermicelli with Prawns and BBQ Pork) served at their table.

Chá Gordo at The Manor is testament to UNESCO recognising Macao as a “Creative City of Gastronomy”, showcases the rich heritage of Macao’s dining culture, catering to those looking for an authentic sampling of Macanese flavours. 

Chá Gordois available every Saturday from 3-5:30pm, and is priced at MOP148* per person, including coffee or tea.

For more information, please email [email protected] or call +853 2882 8898.

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