MGTO launches video series on Macanese cuisine to promote the preservation of gastronomic culture

MACAU, March 8 – 【DST】The first video of the Macanese cuisine series is launched today (March 8)

The Macau Government Tourism Office (MGTO) is launching a series of videos on the Macau Gastronomy website from March to June to manifest the cultural heritage and culinary art of Macanese cuisine, with the aim of enhancing the Macao’s commitment to preserving gastronomic culture as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy, in line with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Preservation of Macanese gastronomy

In collaboration with the Institute of Tourism Studies of Macau (IFTM) and the International Institute of Macau (IIM), MGTO produced the video series featuring the pork stew with tamarind and shrimp paste as well as fig and winter melon jam, from a selection of culinary delights from the Macanese cuisine database. IFTM Executive Chef Chon Kin Kei and IFTM Chef Milene Lau do Rosario were invited to give culinary presentations, while IFTM Vice President Diamantina Rosário Coimbra been invited to present the story behind the dishes. Coimbra also presented the designation of IFTM as a unit for the protection of Macanese gastronomy, a representative element of the intangible cultural heritage of China, as well as the tasks involved in preserving and promoting Macanese cuisine.

First video out today

The Macanese-cuisine series consists of four videos, each of which will be published successively on the Macau Gastronomy website – Video Gallery (https://www.gastronomy.gov.mo/#video-gallery) on the eighth day of each month from March to June 2022. The first video was released today (March 8). The videos are made in Cantonese with Chinese subtitles and sign language interpretation to reach a wider audience and in line with the SAR Government’s program to optimize Macau’s urban environment towards greater accessibility.

Macau is dedicated to perpetuating the deep cultural heritage of Macanese gastronomy. Following the inscription of Macanese gastronomy on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Macau in 2012, MGTO has partnered with IFTM, the Cultural Affairs Bureau and IIM to launch the database webpage. Macanese cuisine data (https://www.gastronomy.gov.mo/#macanese-cuisine-database) in November 2020, alongside the launch of the thematic corner at the IFTM library to keep a valuable collection of recipes, manuscripts, books and publications on Macanese cuisine, for the preservation of this culinary heritage over the last four centuries and more. In 2021, Macanese gastronomy was added to the National List of Representative Elements of Intangible Cultural Heritage of China.

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