Who doesn't know the famous Portuguese Egg Tart? Well that's only one of the massive number of pastries in the country because these small cakes are all over the places, and believe me, once you've tried this, you will have your sweetest memories after.
Pasteis de nata, that's the local name for Portuguese egg tart. As you can see in the picture, it seems crisp and mushy at the same time. Pasteis de nata is not hard to get, you could basically go out from your hotel to the local café, or pastry shop. One costs around 0,50€ - 1,20€, depends on where you get them.
There is this one pastry shop that are really well known, make sure you get there early but they say that the recipe is from around 1800s and their chefs sworn not to tell the secret recipes to anyone. Sounds like a pretty big deal don't they. BUT, I promise you, you won't regret even if you have to wait for around half an hour just to get this beautiful thing for around 1€. That's the best Pasteis de nata i've tried in my 8 days of trip in Portugal.
Antiga Confeitaria, Rua Belém, 1300-085 Lisboa, Portugal
You could enjoy it with some coffee, or me personally I love cappuccinos more than anything. Well the thing you should keep in mind that in Portuguese everything is a bit sweeter, even the cappuccinos are sweet! So pay attention on what you order.
Basically in this picture on the right one there is Rissol (yep we had the same Risol in Indonesia), and the other one is Patanisca. Those two made from fish, a typical snacks in Portugal. Rissol tastes a bit more fishy. If you don't like to eat savoury foods on breakfast I suggest you to pass, but still, it's worth to try. You wanna eat like locals don't you?
Well here goes for the sweetest: travesseiro de sintra and queijada.
Travesseiro is originally from Sintra, a city about 40 minutes by train from Lisboa, the capital city. Well it is that sweet though, if you're not a big fan of sugar maybe you can take just one bite every sip of an espresso... The queijada however, tastes like pasteis de nata, but it's like two times sweeter. But these two are a typically a local treats in Sintra, their best pastry shop named Piriquita II, I got it from local who said they are selling the best authentic pastries in town.
Well, maybe you wonder how to make those savoury with a spoonful of Indonesian spices. Here's a simple recipe I got from Allrecipes.com, I believe the ingredients are easy to get anywhere even in Europe.
Preparation: 15 mins Cooking: 35 mins Ready in: 50 mins
Ingredients: - 12 ounces long grain white rice - 3 cups water - salt - 2 tablespoons sunflower seed oil - 1 pound / half a kilo skinless, boneless chicken - 2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped - 1 fresh red chili pepper, seeded and chopped - 1 tablespoon curry paste (optional) - 1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced - 2 tablespoons soy sauce, or more based on your taste - 2 eggs - 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
So let's bring it on! 1. Put rice, water and salt to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until rice is tender and liquid has been absorbed, 20-25 mins.
2. Heat the sunflower oil in a wok or skillet over medium-high heat, cook and steer the chicken, garlic and red chili pepper until the chicken turns golden brown, 5-7 minutes. Stir the curry paste until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add cooked rice and green onions, cooking and stirring for 5 minutes more. Season with soy sauce.
3. Push rice mixture to one side of the wok. Heat another sunflower oil in the middle of the wok: cook and stir eggs until just set, about 1 minute. Stir rice mixture into the eggs. Sprinkle with cilantro.
Nope, sorry, this time I wouldn't spoil the recipe. Not because I don't want to, nor because I'm too lazy to search the recipe. But this one belongs to my dad. He made this for me, for breakfast when I'm on my two-weeks-break and runaway from Paris to my hometown. Just wanna to make you hungry!