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    Local Portuguese Dishes Worth Trying

    One of the most important things you will learn about the Portuguese is their passion for food.

    While living in Portugal, you’ll quickly notice that typical Portuguese food is enjoyed with gusto and once you start eating, you’ll see why.

    Staples include bread, cheese, pork, fish and wine. And you’ll also see plenty of spicy grilled chicken, olives and olive oil, and enough sweet pastries to keep you sampling for weeks.

    Here are 5 dishes worth trying out in Portugal:

    1. Bacalhau à brás

    Salted cod is the darling of typical Portuguese food, and you’re sure to find more iterations of this beloved staple than you’ll manage to try. The shredded cod is sautéed in a pan along with plenty of onions and straw fried potatoes. This dish is finished up with beaten eggs that cook as they join the pan and topped with parsley and black olives. Typical Portuguese food at its best.

    2. Cozido à Portuguesa

    A meat-lovers dream come true, this hearty stew is a good example of how typical Portuguese food makes use of all the meat an animal can provide.

    3. Caldo Verde

    When it comes to typical Portuguese food, “caldo verde” is the answer in the soup category. Simple and comforting, you’re likely to find this basic combination of onions, potatoes, kale, garlic and olive oil featured heavily on lunch menus across the country. It is typically accompanied by cornbread.

    4. Açorda Alentejana

    With a base of mashed bread, olive oil, coriander, salt, and eggs, you’ll often see this offspring of soup and stew served with cod fish or shrimp.

    5. Polvo à lagareiro

    If you love octopus, you’ll be glad to learn that the Portuguese have perfected the art of making it both flavourful and tender. In this dish, the octopus is first boiled then baked in the oven with potatoes. Finished with a healthy dose of olive oil, this is a real treat when it comes to typical Portuguese food.

    For more mouth-watering Portuguese dishes you could try out, explore here

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