“The Three Lamps” area near Rotunda de Carlos da Maia is home to many overseas Chinese from Southeast Asia who have returned to Macao to live. Visitors to “The Three Lamps” will discover the area dotted with colourful little eateries and mini-supermarkets offering authentic Southeast Asian delicacies, dry goods and ingredients.
The flavours of Myanmar are very popular among both local and foreign workers in Macao. Every afternoon, you will see a long queue of people waiting to get into QQ Food World – a tiny grocery store at Rua da Madre Terezina. The shop offers a few hundred varieties of ingredients, spices, snacks and dry goods from Myanmar and its neighbouring countries. Among the long list of products, QQ Food World’s homemade belacan sauces – a type of shrimp paste – are without doubt, their best-sellers.
“We’ve developed various recipes with localised flavours. For belacan, we always source the highest quality dried shrimps from Myanmar to ensure the best taste,” explained Sanny Lou, Chairman of QQ Food World. Mr Lou is Chinese and has returned to Macao from Myanmar. In 2007, he started his own Southeast Asian food product wholesale business and runs a small Myanmar eatery in “The Three Lamps” area.
Taking the original belacan recipe, QQ Food World made a few more tweaks to create a few more varieties such as dried fish belacan, dried beef belacan, dried squid belacan and XO sauce belacan. “Southeast Asians love belacan, which can be mixed with noodles and rice, and work as an enhancer to countless dishes. Basically, no meal is complete without belacan,” Mr Lou said. As more and more people are concerned about leading healthier lifestyles, one of QQ Food World’s goals is to launch their first-ever vegetarian belacan product made of mushrooms in the near future for their vegetarian customers.
Belacan is also becoming more appealing to the Mainland Chinese, so Macao’s very own master of belacan sauce plans to seize this opportunity to export his products to the Mainland China market.
“We are actively participating in tradeshows throughout different Chinese cities to promote our products, and we are also working on expanding our production line in a modern factory space,” Mr Lou told Macao Image. “On top of this, we are also launching our products on Taobao and opening another small eatery near the Red Market. I believe these moves will definitely have a positive influence on our future developments.”
“We are actively participating in tradeshows throughout different Chinese cities to promote our products, and we are also working on expanding our production line in a modern factory space.” Sanny Lou, Chairman of QQ Food World
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