Portugal is best known for its sunny weather, delicious food and rich cultural heritage.
During your stay in Porto, and in order to have a complete Portuguese experience, you must taste some of the delightful gastronomic specialties that Porto has to offer. Some recipes are recent, and some have hundreds of years, but they all have in common the ability to amaze anyone who tastes them, leaving them mouth-watering, wishing to discover more wonders of the Portuguese cuisine.
To give you a small “taste” of what you can eat in Porto, find below 5 Portuguese dishes that we strongly recommend.
Francesinha is a typical dish from the city of Porto, in Portugal.
It is shaped like a sandwich and consists of spicy sausage, fresh sausage, ham, meat and beef steak, covered with melted cheese. It is garnished with a lightly spicy sauce based on tomato and beer. The side dishes of fried egg (on top of the sandwich) and French fries are optional.
You can eat it in Café Santiago or Brasão Brewery.
Tripas à moda do Porto (Portugal Style Casings)
Porto-style casings is a traditional dish born in the city of Porto, which, according to a legend, dates back to the period of the Portuguese Discoveries.
The dish is made with various types of meat and offal, casings, sausages and white beans. It is generally eaten with rice or bread.
You can eat it in Líder Restaurant or Pombeiro Restaurant.
Bacalhau à Gomes de Sá (Gomes de Sá Style Cod)
Among the many cod recipes that Portugal has to offer, this one stands out. It has the name of its creator, and consists of an original recipe that proposes that the cod be cut into small chips softened in and cooked with olive oil, garlic, onion, accompanied with black olives, parsley and boiled eggs.
Due to being a common recipe, you can eat it in many restaurants in the city as is, for example, the Abadia do Porto Restaurant.
Sandes de Pernil (Roasted Pork Sandwich)
The recipe is simple: the bread is slightly toasted and then stuffed with thick slices and roasted pork shavings, with a generous dose of sauce to accompany. Optionally it can have a thick slice of the Portuguese Serra cheese on top, which will melt with the heat and mix in the meat. You can also add black pork from Alentejo, meat sausage from Baião or ham from Bragança.
You can eat it in Casa Guedes.
Pastel de Nata (Custard tart)
Created before the 18th century by Catholic monks, the Pastel de Nata, also known as Portuguese custard tart, is a Portuguese egg tart pastry dusted with cinnamon. Considered by many as the best typical sweet of national pastry, it stands out due to its simplicity and delicious flavour.
You can eat it in Manteigaria or the Nata Factory.