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Trip Report Lisboa Encounters - episode 3: I ate Portuguese Tart, and more!

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It was not until we saw waves and waves of party-goers all dressed up and ready in Baixa, Lisbon that we realized it was a Friday night! We were wandering in the neighborhood and we didn’t know a good place to have dinner.

DAY 1: Dinner on a Friday Night!

Following the herd of all-dressed-up-and-fancy, we excitedly walked into the allies where later I learnt was a hip dining and drinking district in the city of Lisbon. Soon enough we spotted a rather secretive door of a restaurant that had a crowd lining up outside. Without hesitation, we went in. Luckily, it didn’t take long for the hostess to find a table of two to squeeze us in...

DAY 2: Dinner with the locals!

The next night we had an excursion to Sintra which ended up with some drama (let’s talk about that later). We dragged ourselves back to Baixa at night and entered a deli which was apparently very local. They didn’t have an English menu, and the servers could not speak much English. We sat at the counter and ordered some Portuguese food by gesturing and pointing the dishes on the other table...

DAY 3: Pastéis de Belém

Our quest for Portuguese cuisine continued as we were determined to try a genuine Portuguese Tart in Balem in the last day of our stay in Lisbon. By that time we actually already had a couple of tarts in other places, and those tarts just tasted too sweet and filled with buttery custard that I didn’t really like. I was not sure if custard was supposed to be in the recipe, I was convinced the tarts tasted much, much better in Macau until I tried one in Pastéis de Belém. I believe the district of Balem require no introduction as it appears on every tourist guide books. The district is filled with iconic landmarks, as well as the famous Pastéis de Belém – one of the oldest bakeries in Portugal opened in 1837.

By 10 am, the bakery was already packed – but only on the outside. Squeezing our way through the roaring crowd and we were surprised that the place was actually huge. We found ourselves a table and went back to the counter for the long-awaited Portuguese tarts and coffee. THAT was what I have been looking for – buttery crispy warm crust filled with rich yet light custard. Some might not like it but it was the best tarts that I had in Lisbon.

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