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2. Bacalhau. The national dish of Portugal, bacalhau is dried and salted codfish, which is usually soaked in milk or water before cooking. The Portuguese have been eating bacalhau since the 16th century when their fishing boats brought it back from Newfoundland.
In Portugal, a dinner main should involve one main meat dish and a number of sides. The Portuguese eat a lot of fish, so whatever fresh cut they manage to get from the market that day will usually be baked as is, or turned into a traditional dish like bacalhau or fish stew.
A typical lunchtime is between 13:00 and 14:00 and the meal, as dictates the taste of the Mediterranean diet in Portugal, starts with a soup, our first course and our main source of vegetables. Next a dish of fish or meat, garnished with rice or potatoes and vegetables to decorate, a dessert and coffee to end.
At the beginning of autumn, pear is a widely consumed fruit in Portugal. The most famous and appreciated national variety is Pêra Rocha. Comes from the west of the country north of Lisbon where it is produced and harvested on a large scale, having the DOP certification – Protected Designation of Origin.
1 – Caldo Verde – Iconic Traditional Portuguese Dish From the north of Portugal, comes Caldo Verde, the famous Portuguese soup. This is one of the most popular soups and Portuguese dishes. While Caldo Verde soup is particularly popular in the winter, you can enjoy it all year round, whether it is warm or cold outside.
The list of Portuguese cakes you should try is so long that it has its own post but, if you only have a couple of days in Portugal, here are a few that you should look out for. The pastel de nata is Portugal’s most famous cake, and probably Portugal’s best cake as well.
Portuguese dishes are not only about tasty ingredients that go well together. They are traditions and memories. They are about gathering families on sundays. Behind every Portuguese dish, there’s the recipe of a mother, of an aunt, of a grandmother, of a woman.
Francesinha literally means “little French girl.” It is said to have been brought to Porto by an immigrant returning back from France. This sandwich is an adaptation of the French toasted sandwich, croque-monsieur. Served with a side of french fries, this famous Porto food packs calories, with loads of meats, cheese and sauce combined.