Portugal is well known for numerous different foods that are very delicious, and enjoyable. There are numerous amounts of selections of food in Portugal however the three most recognized foods are Pasteis Da Nata, Sardines and Bacalhau
Pasteis Da Nata
Pronounced pas-tais da na-ta (Pasteis Da Nata) is a traditional and very common Portuguese dessert. It is served in many cities of Portugal, and even some parts of Brazil, and Mozambique. Astoundingly, in Portugal, this dessert is only 1.30 euros, which is converted to roughly $1.80. However in Australia, this is much different, it is almost 4 Australian dollars! It is a dessert which is mainly found in the capital city of Portugal (Lisbon).
Pasteis Da Nata is an egg based ‘tart’ which is pastry and cream are also added, they are baked in the oven to give them a more ‘rustic’ appearance.
Sardines are very popular everywhere in the world with different cooking methods and flavours added. Portugal is most famous for grilled Sardines (sardinhas).
They are eaten a lot during the summer, and a lot during a certain saint’s festival which are highly celebrated in Portugal.
On Saint Anthony’s day on June the 13th, there is a large festival in Lisbon, and all the people of the city choose to eat sardines as snacks.
After a meal of sardines the Portuguese people enjoy a cup of their traditional soup Caldo de Verde which is said to take away the ‘fishy taste.’
In English, meaning salted, dried cod, Bacalhau is known as an important dish which is often eaten on social occasions, this is also traditional Portuguese Christmas dinner depending on which part of Portugal you are from. Bacalhau can be eaten boiled and accompanied with potatoes and vegetables or it can be made into a mornay (Bacalhau no Forno com Cebolada) served with salad.
For apitisers Bolinhos de Bacalhau is served which is translated into ‘codfish cakes.’ These are small cakes made with Bacalhau, potato, herbs and egg rolled into small cakes and then deep-fried.