Welcome to the second part of this food guide in Portugal. This country is amazing in every way, even in it’s gastronomy! Please check all of the delicacies I’ve tried to explain in this post. You can find these delicacies in any good coffee shop or in the supermarket.
Pastel de Belém (Pastel de Nata) – Custard Tart
If you have the opportunity, the best ones are in Belém, Lisbon. You can eat them while you drink coffee, like in the picture, or without nothing more. It’s up to you, and I know you won’t regret it! After you taste them you will understand why all the Erasmus students learn how to order this at a coffee shop. If you don’t go to Belém, you can also taste them in Pingo Doce or Continente. After the ones in the picture, I eat the Pingo Doce version with a smile on my face.
Salame de Chocolate – Chocolate Salami
It’s not like any other Salami you might have tasted in your life. It has Chocolate and cookies. Some variations change the cookie to nuts, so please ask before you eat nuts (if you are allergic).
Bola de Berlim
This delicacy arrived from Germany during the Second World War and we changed it a little. Instead of the creams they put on their version, we put a yellow cream on the inside. It’s very common to be on the beach and listen to workers saying “Olha a bolinha de Berlim” (Look at the Berlin Ball) while carrying cases of them. The day ends for them when they run out of them. Also, because of some laws regulating the temperature these delicacies can experience during the summer, it’s now common to find “Bolas de Berlim” without filling.
Toucinho do Céu
It’s made only with eggs and sugar and, as you might imagine, it’s really sweet!
Brisas do Liz
This delicacy is from Leiria! It’s basically almond with eggs on top. As a natural of this city, I still get strange looks when I refuse one because I don’t like them. Sorry, I don’t like almonds!
Pão de Ló
This is one very odd bread. It’s creamy in the middle (like it was not fully cooked), but instead of a ruined bread, you’ve got a very tasty one. It normally comes with paper “glued” to the bread so you might experience some difficulty cutting a slice or two.
Guardanapo – Napkin
It’s made with normal cake dough and has the same filling as the 1000 Folhas and Bola de Berlim. It’s called a Napkin because it’s folded like one.
Bolo de Arroz – Rice Cake
I have to be honest with you, I don’t know how to describe the taste of this cake. It’s made with rice flour and it’s very tasty, as every delicacy I have here!
1000 folhas (1000 leafs) is a French cake, but we also love them in Portugal! It has a lot of layers, cream on the inside and sugar on top. We also have a coffee version that is brown on top.
Bolo Rei – King Cake
You don’t believe the fights this king cake had produced at the dinner table. You see, the king cake has crystallized fruit, and people have a love/hate relationship with that kind of fruit. It’s tasty, but some argue the crystallized fruit ruins the whole cake, and that might be true.
Yes, I know the croissant is a French pastry, not Portuguese, but we have a Brioche croissant. It’s bigger than the French one and we put chocolate, cheese, and ham or other stuff in them. In my opinion the french version it’s better, but you can taste the two to form an opinion.
Pão com Chouriço – Chorizo Bread
Ok, it’s not sweet, but we eat it in the middle of the afternoon or at night after we come from the club. Basically, it’s bread with a Chorizo inside. The bread and the Chorizo is cooked at the same time, so they are glued to each other in the end.
I hope you take your time to taste all of these delicacies and please be tuned because next I will explain the “enchidos” and fried food we have in Portugal.