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Porto’s gastronomy is a mirror of its cultural diversity. There are several stories about it, several legends told from generation to generation, which today complete the traditions of the townsfolk. Among the most famous ones, the typical dishes from Porto are characterized both by its incomparable taste and the uniqueness of its making.

Tripas à Moda do Porto (Porto Style Tripe)

Dish that named the townspeople “Tripeiros” (Tripe People). Legend has it that, when in the fifteenth century the Infante D. Henrique(Prince Henry, the Navigator) left from Porto to conquer Ceuta, the people from Porto, full of selflessness, gave all the meat to the troops and were left just with the guts and tripe. But the city’s irreverence allowed dissipating such adversity: the guts and tripe were cooked in a stew and thus this tasty typical dish appeared.

Bacalhau à Gomes de Sá (Gomes de Sá Cod)

“João, if you change anything it won’t be good“, said Gomes de Sá when handing the original receipt to his friend, in the late nineteenth century. With a special touch and almost the same ingredients with which he made codfish pastries to the delight of his friends, this Porto’s gastronomy lover eternalized the way of preparing this flavorous and original codfish dish.

Francesinha

It was in 1953 that Daniel da Silva, combining the concept of some French snacks and adding a spicy sauce of his own making, created this delicatessen, giving it such a name in honour of the "spiciest women" he knew, the French woman. The sauce covering the meat and sausage sandwich is actually the secret for this tempting whim. A true delight this city offers, and that can be tasted in most of the city’s restaurants and cafés.

Contemporary cuisine

It is not the traditional that defines the boundaries for Porto’s cuisine. The city is also a shop window for exquisite quality Chefs, some internationally renowned, which place it in the cutting edge of modern cuisine. Do not miss the chance to try it; no doubt you’ll be surprised!

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Published 13-09-2013
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