The foundation of every culture is undoubtedly local cuisine, and if you are a food lover, you will certainly fall in love with all the Portuguese dishes!
Portugal is surrounded by the Atlantic ocean (in the western coast), which offers its treasures as well as a lovely view during tasting those dishes. If you are not much into seafood, do not worry. You can still try some local sweet pastry, ham and delicious wine.
5 Things you should definitely order in the restaurant:
In the first place, THE MUST-TRY is a fish called Bacalhau, which is the Portuguese word for cod. It is a very common dish that you can order in almost any restaurant through all regions of Portugal. It is said, that Portuguese have over 1000 recipes how to prepare a cod. Most likely you will try simply with potatoes, grilled vegetable or chips. It goes in perfect combination with Vinho Verde (green wine) which slightly reminds of a champagne.
2) Pastel de nata
For those of you who have sweet tooth, we have a good news. Portuguese love sweets, too. Most of all, they adore their national pride – Pastel de nata. This egg tart pastry is just delicious and you can eat dozens of them per day. You can eat them for breakfast together with cappuccino or after lunch as a little dessert. Additionally, as Portuguese say, you should not leave their country without eating at least 27 of them. So you better go buy some!
3) Arroz de marisco
Arroz de marisco – Have you ever tried Spanish national delicates paella? Did you like it? If so, you will most likely enjoy Portuguese version of this dish. Something between soup and risotto is this dish consisting of rice and seafood. A very delicious combination with shrimps and mussels. Equally important information, it goes well with red wine from the Alentejo region.
4) Petiscos (the Portuguese word for appetizers)
If you feel like trying little tapas while listening to Fado music, the perfect appetizers are dried-cured ham Presunto, sheep cheese and pieces of Chouriço. Presunto can taste differently based on the region where it was smoked in. Chouriço, on the other hand, can be sliced and eaten without cooking. Even though it is just an appetizer, it is the quite filling dish that helps you enjoy your evening anywhere. You can mix the flavours with delicious white or red Porto wine from the nearby region.
Sardines are usually served on a plate with lemon and grilled vegetable. Be aware, those small fish have tiny bones in them so chew properly before you eat. The time spent taking bones away will pay off on the taste of the dish. Anyway, if you would like to take some sardines home, you can visit a store dedicated only to sardines. You can also buy your very personal box of sardines with the year of your birth. The store is located in the centre of Lisbon, the Rossio square.
All in all, we hope you will enjoy the Portuguese cuisine as much as we do. Leave us a comment and let us know which dish you want to try!
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