There are 2 streets in Macau where the maps from the Macau tourist office highlighted as the Food Street. One is the Rua do Cunha and the other Rua da Felicidade. Strangely, the Food street, so mentioned on the map in English, is referred to as the Souvenir Street by Chinese visitors and the locals. A noticeable variation since the word "souvenir" by definition means something that serves as a reminder, a token of remembrance -- normally something that's meant for keep -- whereas food, when prepared is by no means meant for keep.
Alas, in a nation where the subject food virtually precedes just about everything in life, it is not that difficult to see why food is considered the most appreciated souvenir among all and as the only souvenir that can guarantee an universal appeal.
Both streets are ridiculously harassed by streams of tourists and locals at any given day of the week, any given week of the month and any given month of the year (okay, yours truly is starting to lose count). Partly because of the food there are damn good but also in great part because all the shopkeepers are exceedingly friendly -- they literally beg you to taste their product at their storefront. If you love food, a stroll in these 2 streets would be a most pleasant one, albeit a bit crowded.
Well, just like visiting a domestic fresh market when we travel, a walk down there is destined to be as educational as it is recreational. Something, which, I will be out on a limb to say, all we foodies are very fond of. Like inside the Pastelaria Koi Kei in the Rua da Felicidade, you can behold how an almond cookie, how a ngau yuk gon, or a Chinese beef prosciutto and how a Chinese egg roll is made. And if desired, feel free to try them out with no obligation to buy whatsoever, how marvelous.
Lets take the prosciutto as example: there is no end of it in its different renditions - the beef, the pork, the chicken, the pigeon suckling, the pig suckling, the boar, the ostrich, the lamb, the deer and what not. Even if we confine to one variety like the pork only, we still have the original flavor, the chili flavor, the black-peppered, the honeyed, the loin cut, the neck cut, the jowl cut, the rib cut and so on and so forth.
Pictures! Pictures! Unlike in some pasterias or bakeries or restaurant where you have to take photos of your beloved food in the most clandestine fashion - thence reducing your good self to a food paparazzi - yet not dismissing the risk of getting shoved out (or at least side-stared at) by the shopkeepers or the waiters at any rate, here you can take pictures with TENACITY. Just like Chaxiubao did. Mi casa su casa!