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10 things to eat in Portugal

If one wants to read or write about ALL the must-try dishes in Portugal, one would have to resort to a multiple volume encyclopaedia. It would be preferable to just loosen up your belt and begin the culinary journey without wasting much time. Bon Apetite!

When you think Portugal, you think beautiful sights, stunning beaches, wine and Christiano Ronaldo. Food is not the first thing that springs to mind and that’s probably because Portuguese food appeals to a very specific type of tastes. Also, most of the dishes have exotic names which are unheard of to a new traveller.

The list of cuisines to try is long, heart and yummy. Here are some that you absolutely must try:

1. Pasteis de Balchalhau – A staple Portuguese dish, it consists of shredded codfish made into delicious fishcakes and fried till golden. In fact, the Portuguese say that there are more cod fish recipes than there are days of the year!

2. Cozido a Portuguesa – Also called the king of stews. It includes beef, pork, chicken and in a variety of cuts with some veggies thrown in for good measure.

3. Caldo Verde – This traditional Portugese soup is the ultimate comfort food comprising of onions, potatoes, kale, garlic and olive oil. It is served in a clay pot with a slice of cornbread and smoked pork sausages.

4. Frango Piri Piri – Chicken grilled to perfection with a traditional blend of spices, it is the most popular chicken dish there is. It’s packed with flavour and served with fresh salad and chips.

5. Sardinhas Grelhadas – Fish plays a major role in Portuguese cooking. This dish features grilled sardines, seasoned with salt, served with tomato salad and potatoes. It is served with bread to mop up the yummy juices.

6. Cozida a Portuguesa – Slow cooking is one way to allow all the flavours to shine through. In Cozida a Portugesa, all sorts of pork cuts are used and mixed with plenty of vegetables, especially cabbage to make a delicious stew.

7. Povlo a Lagareiro – Octopus (or povlo) is considered so special, that it is reserved for ceremonious occasions. Served either as starters or mains, a roasted octopus is drenched in olive oil and served with onions, parsley, and baked potatoes.

8. Arroz de Pato – This delicious dish is made using duck meat cooked until tender and simmered in red wine. It is then oven toasted with rice until crispy. The rice absorbs the flavour and juices of the duck, and the entire dish is topped with sliced, smoked sausages.

9. Salame de chocolate – Literally called “chocolate salami” this dessert is one in a million. It’s sold in every supermarket Chocolate powder, eggs, butter and come together in a log of chocolate with broken cookies to be sliced at the table.

10. Arroz Doce – If you had a Portuguese grandmother, this dessert is what you would expect her to make for you. Rice pudding cooked with lemon and garnished with a sprinkle of cinnamon. Comfort food at its best!

If one wants to read or write about ALL the must-try dishes in Portugal, one would have to resort to a multiple volume encyclopaedia. It would be preferable to just loosen up your belt and begin the culinary journey without wasting much time. Bon Apetite!
First Published on Dec 4, 2015 12:44 pm
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