In any new destination, I sometimes try and find any culinary delights. Though I wouldn’t call myself a foodie, but I am not averse to trying new dishes of a particular region. And point to be noted these dishes are not necessarily popular, but the ones we had and yes photographed!. Mentioning a few on our 3 day trip in Lisbon.
Bacalhau à Brás, a popular dish made of shredded codfish, onions and thinly chopped fried potatoes in a bound of scrambled eggs. Garnished with black olives. I had it for dinner with a glass of white wine. Though I would say that the fried potatoes was a bit too much for me, but overall I liked what I had.
Arroz de marisco, very similar to Spanish paella with abundance of prawns, clams and other seafood. All cooked beautifully with rice and vegetables and some herbs. I had loved the paella in Spain and I found Arroz de marisco similar in taste and presentation so i loved the seafood splendour.
Portugal is known for sardines, though I don’t think at the time we went sardines were available. But for the first time I came across a place filled with preserved boxes of all kinds of fishes. I tried the salmon one and it was nice to taste. You might find it on your way too.
The most famous of the lot would be Pasteis de Nata, the best is said to be found in Belem. In Fact you will find many stores offering it even the hotels you are staying. It’s a golden puff pastry circle with a barely firm rich egg custard in the middle. It’s sold at Pasteis de Belem. The Clarinha family, heirs to the original bakers, have a copyright on the recipe, which is centuries old.
And the last one is Ginja drink with chocolate. Ginja is liqueur made from the presses and macerated cherries filled in dark or white chocolate cups (your choice, though recommendation is to have it with Dark Chocolate) served chilled. The tradition is to drink the bright red Ginja and the savour the bittersweet chocolate later on.
Hope you liked the foodie delight blog a new attempt from my side. Do let me know what you think of it.
And in case you have not read my blogs on our travel to Lisbon, you can check the links below.