Fat Rice is a celebration of the unique cuisines of Portuguese speaking Luso-Asian provinces, with an emphasis on Macau, China. As a major hub of the spice trade beginning in the 16th century, the tiny peninsula and adjoining islands of Macau are home to a quickly diminishing culture and an almost forgotten cuisine. Arguably the world’s first fusion cuisine, the Macanese table includes ingredients and techniques from Portugal, India, South-East Asia, Africa, China and other far reaches of the globe that the Portuguese traveled during the Age of Discovery. Try to sit at the L-shaped bar surrounding the open kitchen to view Chef Conlon preparing his signature fat rice dish, arroz gordo. This dish is packed into a clay pot with a crisp-bottomed layer of jasmine rice topped with head-on prawns, tender clams, Chinese and Portuguese sausages, marinated chicken, hard-boiled eggs, and sweet and spicy peppers. This dish is rarely prepared outside the home kitchen.
2957 W. Diversey Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647