Portuguese Foods to Try This November

Portuguese Foods to Try This November
Pão de Deus. Photo: Receitas na Rede
The weather is finally getting cooler in Portugal. Stores and supermarkets have started rolling out their holiday-themed items including food. November is the best time of the year to try some warm-the-heart-Portuguese food. So I picked Portuguese foods to try this November. Bom apetite!

Galão

Portuguese Foods to Try This November
If you like coffee, I am sure you’ll love a glass of galão. It’s an espresso coffee made with foamed milk. Go to your local coffee shop and try this yummy treat.

Pão Bijou

Portuguese Foods to Try This November
The first time I ate bread from a Portuguese bakery, it was hard to eat normal, processed bread again. Bread Bijou is made with flour, water, yeast and salt. You can get this freshly-baked from a nearby bakery or from Lidl which is my second favorite recipe.

Bola Sovada

Portuguese Foods to Try This November
This bread is famous in Northern Portugal. You can find it in traditional stores. It’s made with flour and olive oil. It’s very crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. It takes a lot of time to make. It’s thin and goes well with butter, cheese or on its own.

Castanhas

Portuguese Foods to Try This November
Castanhas are chestnuts which I’ve never had before till I came to Portugal. They are a huge part of the country’s tradition and culture. They are usually grilled which makes peeling them quite easy. You can buy them by weight in a local supermarket during the cold months and boil them at home. Also, there are street vendors grilling yummy castanhas all winter long. Try some!

Bolo de Carne

Portuguese Foods to Try This November
I don’t really eat red meat but I tried bolo de carne made with chicken and it was delicious. You can easily find this on any food place in Portugal.

Marmelade

Portuguese Foods to Try This November

Don’t buy marmalade from the supermarket when you’re in Portugal. Chances are, it’s full of preservatives and doesn’t taste like the home-made versions. You can get fresh, home-made marmelade in a Portuguese traditional store.

Pão de Deus

Portuguese Foods to Try This November

This cake translated to “God’s bread” in English. The first time I tried this, I had white sugar powder all over me. This is a simple cake with not much sugar in it. The star of the show is the heavenly toasted coconut on the top. You should find this anywhere that sells pastries.

Broa de Milho

Portuguese Foods to Try This November

I’ve had broa de milho recently and it was one of the most delicious things I have ever eaten. It’s very crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. If you’re wondering about the yellow color inside the broa de milho, it's corn flour, hence the name (cornbread). I suggest you get it warm from Lidl or from a bakery.

Broa de Mel

Portuguese Foods to Try This November
When I ate broa de mel the first time I didn’t know what was in it. This treat is made with flour, honey and walnuts. You can get it from a coffee shop or a bakery.

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