As a former Portuguese colony, the city of Macau boasts a unique blend of Asian and European cultures that is reflected in its iconic dishes, from Galinha à Africana (Macanese African Chicken) to Pastéis de Nata, also known as Portuguese egg tarts.
The Macanese Pro-Wrestler’s Cookbook, a novel by Assoc Prof Barrie Sherwood of NTU’s School of Humanities, takes the form of an unconventional cookbook featuring signature Macanese dishes, written by the fictional Zeke Oliveira, a former professional wrestler who has returned to Macau to run his family’s restaurant. When Zeke’s best friend is murdered after having lunch at his restaurant, Zeke goes looking for reasons why. Along the way, he rediscovers his Macanese roots and uncovers a side of Macau that he never knew existed.
Part thriller and part social commentary, the novel takes readers on an adventure through Macanese cuisine and the streets of Macau, while tracing the journey of a man making sense of the cultural identity he has inherited—and his own destiny.
The Macanese Pro-Wrestler’s Cookbook was published by Penguin Random House SEA in November 2021 (ISBN: 9789814914093).