On today’s episode of THE FOOD SEEN, we ship off the trading port of Macau, a city on the Pearl River, an hour’s ferry ride away from Hong Kong, China. Centuries long a vibrant trading port, a Portuguese colony under Chinese ownership up until 1887, this melting pot of culture and cuisine became inspiration for Abe Conlon & Adrienne Lo top open up Fat Rice restaurant in Chicago, now bringing about their comprehensive cookbook, The Adventures of Fat Rice: Recipes from the Chicago Restaurant Inspired by Macau. Of course in it, you’ll find their namesake, “Arroz Gordo” a layered rice dish for special occasions (jumbo prawns, chili lemon, char siu pork, pickled chilies, tea egg, sweet & sour raisins, shredded duck, sofrito-scented jasmine rice, linguine sausage, Portuguese olives, manila clams, curried chicken), as well as the building blocks of Macanese cooking. But I must warn you, watch out for the Attack of the Chili Clam!

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