Guide Introduction to Portuguese Cuisine
Portuguese food is renowned for being strong and robust. Portuguese cuisine is easy to prepare and uses very basic equipment, it is often described as peasant food. Some of the most popular Portuguese dishes can be made in a single pot over an open fire. The use of seasoned pork, olive oil, garlic, and onions contribute to the image of strongly flavored, simple cooking.
Lisbon and Porto are magnificent and overwhelming with timeless magic. These cities are great places to visit at any time of the year. Walking through the streets, tasting their abundance brings to life the culinary traditions of the Portuguese kitchen.
In the 15th century, Prince Henry the Navigator ordered his explorers to bring back to Portugal any exotic fruits, potato, cinnamon, and plants from new lands. As a result, the Age of Discovery dramatically affected cooking in Portugal and around the world.
The Portuguese are people who express love and friendship through their cooking. Portions are large, and guests are always welcome at the table. We have a long list of dishes. We were unable to include everyone in this short guide. For this reason, we exclude someone that we strongly advise you to try when you visit Portugal: arroz de pato (Duck rice), octopus rice, ameijoa à Bulhão Pato (clams), pataniscas de bacalhau, baba de camelo, arroz doce, ovos-moles, tíbias, toucinho-do-céu (heaven’s ham), pudim abade de priscos (pudding), Leitão (piglet) da Bairrada, francesinha, chanfana, etc.
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