Tai Shan Shui Lao Rong 台山水老荣
Like I said, JJ and I sneaked out of the hotel without our friends’ knowledge. The chauffer was eating with them at Estabelecimento De Comidas King’s so we headed for the lobby. There was a man at the hotel’s cab stand and it seemed like he had waited a long time. I was one queue behind him and JJ said she would go to the street. The man mumbled something in Canotonese which I assumed he meant JJ’s hunt would be fruitless. In less than 10 seconds, JJ yelled and we ran in the light drizzle to catch the cab.
Inside the cab JJ told the driver we wanted to go to “台山水老荣” in Cantonese. We did not know the name of the street where the restaurant was situated. All we could offer was the name of the restaurant and that it was the one under the bridge or “桥底” in Cantonese. The windows were down, so JJ questioned the cabbie why there was no aircon to which he replied that the typhoon brought “new air” and it was refreshing enough so there’s no need for it. The rest of the journey was girl talk between us. It was a short ride costing us MOP52. We got off. I wanted to take a picture of the sign board but JJ had tucked at my sleeve and pulled me across the road.
The restaurant was at the end of this bridge directly opposite from where I was standing.
There’s only Portuguese and Chinese languages on sign boards in Macau. Both quite alien to me.
Newspaper article written about this hotpot place was made into a huge advertorial.
These 3 are the main ingredients and you can order more sides. The main 3 were crabs, la la clams and mushrooms of sorts.
There were quite a few tables when we arrived and JJ said they had expanded or rather extended to the neigbouring units (individual intact units).
JJ ordered the lettuce claiming them to be so crispy and sweet she loved eating them on its own.
The spicy hotpot came after quite a wait.
As usual I was snapping away at the food so JJ did the cooking, erm… stirring. She had loads of la la (clams) when I was done. She claimed that if the la la had continued to boil, it would shrink in size.
At first sight, I thought someone had dropped a chess piece into the pot. Lol… Mushroom!
Delicious on a cold night (after the typhoon).
Spicy but not tongue numbing.
I had ordered a bowl of steamed Jasmine rice but the waitress told us that a new pot of rice was cooking and recommended us to have noodles instead.
So we had the noodles.
“Don’t put it in now. The soup’s not boiling yet”
“I know. I just want to take pictures without the steam.”
“Stir it, loosen it.”
“I’m busy taking pictures.”
JJ said do not over cook the noodles… Keep it al dente.
Yes, she’s naggy but wait till she’s had her champagne!
I don’t really like pincers or crabs for that matter and especially after a week of crabs (4 times at least) , I sure weren’t looking forward to this but JJ has had her fill and she couldn’t stomach anymore food.
Dinner was MOP 800 to my astonishment when JJ questioned the staff “Why so cheap?” She supplemented later that she patronises this place often in the past and a meal for two like what we’d had usually cost around MOP 1200 – 1400.
(水老荣) Shui Lao Rong and I.
As we were leaving, I saw the owner and chef 台山水老荣. JJ
told instructed him I wanted a photo with him. I think he looked scared. Just kidding! Hahaha…
I’ll missed JJ. She’s a wonderful mother hen and traveling companion. Pssst… Whatever skincare cream, honey for karaoke-ed throat, medications and even dental floss, she has them all in her denim Chanel tote 😉
Happy eating 🙂
Tai Shan Shui Lao Rong 台山水老荣
Address: Av. de Artur Tamagnini Barbosa, Portas do Cerco/Toi San
Tel: (853) 2859 6396
Opening Hours: 18:00-04:00 Mon – Sun