Sopa de lacassá

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Sopa de lacassá
Lacassa Soup

Lacassá Soup[1] (Portuguese: Sopa de lacassá,[2] traditional Chinese: 鮮蝦濃湯; simplified Chinese: 鲜虾浓汤[3]) is a Macanese soup.


The soup has its roots in Malacca,[1] and is believed to be an evolution of Laksa soup from Peranakan cuisine.[4] The word Lacassá is noted to be a Macanese term for vermicelli, with roots in Indian languages.[5]

As it contains no meat, Lacassá Soup is traditionally consumed on Christmas Eve, historically a day of abstinence for Catholic faithfuls.[6] Lacassá Soup is also featured in a proper Cha Gordo, a social event that has been likened to high tea, and features multiple dishes.[7]


Lacassá Soup contains vermicelli (hence its name, as explained above), shrimp, and balichão.[4][8]


  1. ^ a b "Lacassá Soup". Macao Government Tourism Office. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Sopa Lacassá". Direcção dos Servicos de Tourismo (in Portuguese). Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  3. ^ 鮮蝦濃湯 [Lacassá Soup]. Macao Government Tourism Office (in Chinese (Macau)). Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  4. ^ a b Conlon, Abraham; Lo, Adrienne; Amano, Hugh (2016). The Adventures of Fat Rice: Recipes from the Chicago Restaurant Inspired by Macau (First ed.). Ten Speed Press. p. 92. ISBN 978-1-60774-896-0.
  5. ^ "Macanese language". Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  6. ^ "The Unique Cuisine of Macau". She's Cookin'. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  7. ^ Cummings-Yeates, Rosalind (18 August 2015). "Feasting on Fat Tea in Macau". TravelPulse.
  8. ^ Sheridan, Margaret (10 July 2001). "Original Fusion". Saveur. Retrieved 7 March 2018.

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