Empadas, small savoury chicken pies that adorn the window displays of cafés and snack bars throughout Portugal, are delicious whether hot or cold.
Bacalhau, or salted codfish, is part of Portugal’s culinary heritage. It goes back centuries to when seafaring explorers ate preserved fish while conquering the world. Try the bacalhau à bras, shredded cod mixed with potatoes, eggs, onions, chopped parsley, garlic and olives for garnish. An icon of Portuguese cuisine is the pastéis de bacalhau, a delicacy made with codfish, potato, egg, parsley, and olive oil.
The bifana is Lisbon’s signature sandwich. It’s comprised of sautéed, marinated pork packed inside a crispy roll. Served with French fries and a Super Bock or Sagres beer, it’s the ultimate cheap and delicious meal. If you can’t find a table, eating at the bar is just as much fun.
The grilled sardines in Lisbon are worth trying even if you’re not a fan. Sardinhas are freshest in mid-June when Lisbon celebrates the fish during the annual Feast of St. Anthony, but locals eat grilled and canned sardines all year long.