Portuguese cuisine relies on fresh ingredients and the country offers a great variety of culinary delights. The cuisine is heavily fish based but refreshing and here we list down top 5 dishes to try in Portugal
Bacalhau- Bacalhau is the national obsession of the people in Portugal and there are hundreds of different recipes and variations of this Portuguese classic but the best among hundreds is Bacalhau à Brás. Codfish is something which you can never escape in Portugal and Codfish in its salted and dried form is known as Bacalhau there. Bacalhau à Brás is made with shredded codfish, onions, and straw fried potatoes and then further mixed with olives and parsley; the dish is also fried with some scrambled eggs making it absolutely delicious and refreshing.
Pastel de nata- People in Portugal have a huge sweet tooth and the presence of bakeries and pastry shops almost everywhere in city streets makes it pretty obvious. The most common and famous egg tart pastry in Portugal is Pastel de nata sprinkled with cinnamon and powdered sugar which somewhere looks like cross amidst a custard tart and a cake. The only place in Portugal where you can address these tarts as “Pastel de Belém” is at the shop in Belém, otherwise they are called pastéis de nata.
Caldo Verde- Caldo Verde or the Kale Soup is a popular soup in the Portuguese cuisine and the traditional ingredients for this soup are collard greens (particularly Kale), potatoes, olive oil and salt. Slices of pork sausage are also added to this soup and it is served as a starter before any meal or as a late night supper. It is one of the favorite dishes of the Portuguese on the New Year’s Eve celebrations.
Caldeirada de Peixe- Portugal is undoubtedly a sea-food loving country and Caldeirada de Peixe is a popular fish stew cooked with vegetables like potatoes, capsicum, onions and herbs. The catch of the day is cooked in a pot along with all the mentioned ingredients to make this rich and nutritious stew and eaten widely across Portugal.
Amêijoas à Bulhão Pato- Amêijoas à Bulhão Pato is one of the very popular appetizers from Portugal and is a yummy clam based delicacy. The clams are basically cooked with garlic, coriander, olive oil and lemon juice. You can eat it as an afternoon snack and grab a chilled beer along with it to make it a heavenly and refreshing combination. It can work as your convenient meal in Portugal and it is surely worth giving a try.
If you are a sea food lover and wish to explore the best of dishes in sea food, then Portuguese cuisine should definitely form part of your wish list. But before you do that, plan your Portugal Tourist Visa through an Online Portugal Visa Service providing agency by paying the requisite Portugal Visa Fees so that you can avoid end moment delays for your trip to Portugal.