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Discover traditional Portuguese food in Lisbon

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Discover traditional Portuguese food in Lisbon

What to do in Lisbon if you are in the mood for some traditional Portuguese food? We ask ourselves this question on a regular basis. That is why we have decided to share with you our favourite Portuguese dishes and maybe even let you in on a secret on how to make some of them yourself. Mmm we can smell Bacalhau in the oven already…

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Bacalhau

Lisbon is in the top 3 capitals in Europe for fish consumption and cod is the main reason why. From traditional Bacalhau made in the oven, Bacalhau à brás to Bolinhos de Bacalhau, the deep fried fish cakes, this versatile fish has more variations than you can imagine. If you have tried it at As Salgadeiras already and want to learn how to make Bacalhau at home – we recommend traditional Portuguese cooking workshop in central Lisbon.

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Bifana

Originating in the region of Alentejo, Bifana pork sandwich is one of the most popular traditional Portuguese food. It’s a simple but tasty dish that can be found in almost any of traditional Portuguese restaurants. Perfect on the go and it gives you enough energy to tackle those hills. 

They sey the secret is in the sauce.

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Caldo Verde

The most popular of Portuguese soups. Consisting mostly of vegetables with a dash of chouriço, it is served with delicious cornbread called Broa de Milho. It is definitely comfort food for those rainy afternoons and is best served in your little local Portuguese restaurant. 

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Açorda de Marisco

Açorda is popular all around the country with its many variations. Our favourite is Açorda de Marisco – the shrimp version of this traditional Portuguese dish. Its smooth texture consists mainly of bread, coriander, olive oil, eggs and prawns. We tried one in Cacue in Picoas, place famous for traditional Portuguese food varieties. Accompanied by the rustic feel of the place itself, the meal left us pleasantly surprised. 

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Francesinha

The most iconic sandwich from Porto is here to challenge your digestive system. Three types of meat in between two toasts glazed with cheese, topped with egg, served in pork fat sauce with a side of fries. To some it’s a bomb, to us – best hangover cure. Even though you can find a nice Francesinha in Lisbon, the best ones are in Porto. Café Santiago is our favourite.

Pastel de Nata needs no introduction. And asking where you can find the best one is the same as trying to pick Sporting or Benfica without offending anyone. Our favourites are Pasteis de Belem and Manteigaria, but to tell you the truth, nothing beats making them in your own kitchen. Worth it at least for skipping the queues. 

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