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Walk down Rua do Cunha, Macau, where the cookies are made of meat Letting our senses guide us down the gambling capital's ultimate food street|
There's a street in Macau that everyone goes to for a kick in the snackpants: Rua do Cunha.
This sliver of a pedestrian street, just five meters wide and stretching for about 115 meters, packs in a dozen snack shops and eateries each famed far beyond the former Portuguese colony.
Located in Taipa Island's old town, Rua do Cunha is quintessentially Macau. It is physically small, unashamedly commercial and appealing to tourists, yet has an overwhelming Macanese charm achieved through colorful colonial architecture and the folksy hospitality of locals.
Koi Kei bakery's billboard at the mouth of Rua do Cunha, featuring Chua Lam, the patron saint of almond cookies.
It can be hard to find Rua do Cunha in Macau's jungle of new casinos and construction sites, so look out for two markers.
First, at the Rua do Regedor end of the street, there is a massive billboard advertising Koi Kei pastry shop, which has two branches on Rua do Cunha. The near-permanent advertisement features an enlarged head of food-critic-posterboy Chua Lam, beaming down at visitors like a jolly mascot of cookies.
The second unmistakable sign that you are near Rua do Cunha is the heavenly smell of pastries, candies and beef jerky -- maybe with an undertone of durian too.
Sniff, feel your knees go weak. You know you're near.
Here are our favorite stops on Macau's food street.