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Portuguese cuisine has evolved with such fascinating complexity! Three continents – Asia, Africa and South America have had their influence on Portuguese cuisine. 450 years of Portuguese colonialism in Goa, India and the slave trade in Africa and Brazil have created these unique flavours. When Portugal’s soldiers and voyagers set out to sea to conquer lands, they naturally spread the fondness of their cuisine and in turn, absorbed the culinary creations of the natives. So take a tastebud tour here, before you get to really sample the great foods of Lisbon!
Meat and vegetable stew – Guisado de carne e legumes com chouriço
Kale stew – Caldo Verde
Enjoy kale with smoked sausage made into a delicious stew with a base of potato and garlic, with a side of a toasted slice of Pão com Chouriço (sausage bun).
Dried salted cod – Bacalhau
Did you know, though codfish is so popular, it is not native to the coast of Portugal? That’s why codfish is kept preserved, by salting and drying it for cooking.
Try Bacalhau com todos, a dish made of boiled cod with sliced hard-boiled eggs and vegetables. Bacalhau à bras, if you prefer cod that is shredded and topped with potatoes, onions and scrambled eggs.
Pork sandwiches – Bifana
Slow-cooked stew – Cachupa
Popular from Cape Verde, this slow-cooked stew is a delicious mix of different kinds of fish and meats, cassava, beans, and sweet potatoes. Here a few variants of Cachupa:
Cachupa Refogada – a breakfast dish made by refrying leftovers with pork sausages and fried eggs.
Cachupa Rica – a slow-cooked stew made with several kinds of meats.
Cachupa Pobre – a slow-cooked stew made with fish and no meat.
Stewed chicken – Moamba
Cacusso fish – Kizaka
Lamb Chacuti – Chacuti de Cabrito
Thick bean stew – Feijoada
A prized cut of beef – Picanha
Chocolate dessert – Brigadeiro
Indian (Goan) influences
Samosas – Chamuça
Prawn curry – Caril de Camarão
Pork Vindalho – Caril de Camarão
Originally Vinha d’Alhos, a Portuguese dish of pork marinated in wine and garlic is now a modified version because believe it not, wine wasn’t freely available in Goa. This version, therefore, incorporates vinegar and spices like cloves and cinnamon.