Treats from Portugal – What you must try while visiting Lisbon
Lisbon offers a wide variety of culinary dishes; however, its treats are what leave Portugal to desire. Lisbon Lounge suites is here to help you navigate through the tastiest and traditional treats Lisbon has to offer.
- Pastel de Nata
This is a traditional pastry from all over Portugal. It is known as custard cakes in English and is a delight to eat. If you give it a try we are sure that you will love it. These can be found practically everywhere in Lisbon due to its immense popularity with the locals.
- Pastel de bacalhau
Like the pastel de natal, this is a traditional ‘snack’ for the locals. It is made of Cod fish and it is fried. These too can be found anywhere throughout Lisbon due to its popularity. Even if fish is not your acquired taste, Lisbon Lounge Suites still recommends you to try it out! You will not regret it.
- Toucinho do Céu
Toucinho do céu, literally translated as “bacon from heaven,” is an almond cake made with pork lard. Created in the 18th century by nuns at the Santa Clara Convent in northern Portugal, this dense cake is one of the most popular desserts in the country. The addition of ground almonds gives the cake a firm texture and nutty flavor that pairs well with the egg yolks.
- Ovos moles
These ‘soft eggs’ are so adored in Portugal that they were the first conventional pastry to receive a protected status from the European Commission. These delicate wafers are filled with smooth custard of egg yolks and sugar that must be cooked to a very precise temperature, so that when you bite into the wafer, the sweet yolk cream melts in your mouth. The appearance of this confection makes it particularly original: Inspired by Aveiro’s seascape, ovos moles are shaped like fish, shells, and barrels.
- Bola de Berlim
This is known as a Portuguese doughnut with no central hole made from sweet yeast dough fried in fat or oil, filled with egg yolk and powdered sugar or conventional sugar on top. You can see why Portuguese love egg yolks on their treats.