Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Confeitaria de Belém

Portugal, Part IV: A constantly crowded cafe where Portugal's renowned egg tarts were reputedly born, nearly 200 years ago.

Customers from around the world flock here for the shop's tarts, made according to a special recipe that only three people know (that's what they claim, but of course, various versions of egg tarts are available across Portugal and other countries).

Perfectly crisp pastry with luscious, cinnamon-scented custard. Each tart is served fresh and warm, but there's never any fear that they'll turn cold. We took scarcely a few seconds to gobble up every heavenly piece.

Other sweet treats here have delicious-sounding names like 'folhado de chocolate,' 'mil fohas doce de ovo' & 'pastel de feijao.'

Even though we don't particularly have a sweet tooth, we couldn't resist these confections, so devilishly sugary and creamy.

The cafe stands beside a monastery, where many might be tempted to pray for forgiveness after committing the sin of gluttony.

Dessert wines go wonderfully with the food ...

... as do steaming-hot coffee and milk.


Antiga Confeitaria de Belem,
Rue de Belem, Lisbon, Portugal.

14 comments:

  1. Belem cakes! Wish i could follow my bestie back to Portugal this summer. Unfortunately, I can't. Sighs.

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  2. Qwazymonkey: hopefully there'll be other happy Portuguese summers for you in other years! Next time, I'm gonna be eating egg tarts for brekkie, lunch and tea :D

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  3. "The cafe stands beside a monastery, where many might be tempted to pray for forgiveness after committing the sin of gluttony."

    ;p ;p ;p

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  4. Tng: it's a seductive sin that many of us are guilty of! :D

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  5. "The cafe stands beside a monastery, where many might be tempted to pray for forgiveness after committing the sin of gluttony."

    My sister says that having food that is too tasteful is a form of gluttony!

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  6. AAAAAHHHHHH. *jump jump jump*
    I've been here before tooooo. Oh man. I really wish I could go again soon - those egg tarts are absolutely divine! :D :D :D

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  7. my goodness! monster sugar overload la!! but like you said, with such sexay names like 'folhado de chocolate,' 'mil fohas doce de ovo' & 'pastel de feijao... how can blardy well resist ha?
    Also, their tarts look so much better! love the burnt center.. i just die a little each time, eating that part:P

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  8. michelle: oooh, but gluttony is probably not as bad a sin as wrath, pride and lust (depending on how u look at it, of coz)! :D
    j: wheeee! we could even have been sitting at the same table, but several years apart! =) i was just recalling how there were so few asian visitors to lisbon compared to other european capitals :D
    ciki: heheh, for once, all the sugar and carbs were justified, since we needed extra energy to walk around for hours to explore the city! :D and ya, do let me know if/when you find a bakery in kl that makes eggs-cellent tarts! i want! =)

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  9. thx for the info...might be useful for me...because i am going to Portugal soon

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  10. kumfye: hope u enjoy your trip! lisbon is a great place to visit, very charming =)

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  11. All so delicious-looking. I want them all!! Don't know when I can visit Europe again. rif doesn't want to go there anymore... >.<

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  12. bangsar-babe: yikes, not wanna return to europe?! gosh, it's hard to imagine that. i wouldn't mind being back in lisbon, roaming the historical castles right now! :D

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  13. wah everything looks good here especially the tarts! yummy

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  14. eiling: oh yeah, and they weren't expensive at all too! :D

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