"The secret for seducing someone is to conquer their stomach." These are the words of a Portuguese Chef in answer to the question "How do you stay happily married to a woman as beautiful as yours?".
And when travelling around Portugal at the same time as being on a kind of Gastronomic Rally, it is easy to see that he is not the only Chef who knows this trick. It is a fact that most of us have a soft spot when it comes to enjoying a good meal – which includes you and the tourists who visit Portugal. And if, on the one hand, you still haven’t properly tried the delicacies of Portuguese cuisine, you should know that foreigners, on the other hand, have been enjoying it for a very long time.
And today we’re not even going to talk about any speciality in particular, but rather the main ones in general. Or rather, we will take a quick look at those that you simply shouldn’t miss and that you should try as soon as you can. One day we will explain each dish in more detail, one by one, but for now... Here is a short list of names for you to remember!
Codfish, codfish, codfish. You are not Portuguese if you have never tried it and even if you have only tried it one way... Bacalhau à Brás (shreds of cod with eggs, finely chopped fried potatoes and onion), Bacalhau Dourado (Deep-fried Cod), Bacalhau com Natas (Cod with Cream) or cod with cornbread... It’s your choice. The recipes and tastes are all different but have one thing in common: they are delicious!
Caldo verde (kale and potato soup)! This is a traditional Portuguese soup and perhaps the most important one to try while in Portugal. We will explain it better later. For now try it and find out why...
Grilled sardines. From the more remote fishing villages to the largest cities in the country. They are always welcome, especially during the festivities in honour of St. John!
Francesinha. A speciality of the North of the country with an improbable recipe: put everything that is good together in a sandwich and it’s delicious.
Alheira (non-pork sausage), chouriço (chorizo) and other traditional sausages. Try some of these starters before the meal and see why they are so popular!
This is just a quick presentation and there is still so much more to say, and to eat! We’ll go into detail soon, but right now... let’s eat!