Pastéis de Belém – Lisbon, Portugal
I am sure that by now you must know that I love food! Its not my fault, its Kuwait’s fault, the country where I was born and brought up in! I was always subjected to the exposure of the best foods in the world there! Succulent Lamb meat, yummy Halal sausages, thick whole cream milk, pure buttery creams that I used to eat with honey and jams, best quality Basmati rice and so much more! So whenever I travel, I look into the foods of that country and in Portugal I found Pastéis de Nada and Pastéis de Belém! Two separate names, yet but similar and still Pastéis de Belém wins the award of the best Custard Tart (in English).
I had a day where I had kept it for the Pastéis de Belém Pastéis! Man what an experience it was, as I had to stand in line and wait my turn and when I reached the counter, I had 2 seconds to decide whether I want 500 of the Pastéis de Belém or just 12 or 2! I chose 12, thinking that I will eat all of them in one go! I managed to wriggle out of the store and sat myself at the next empty coffee shop, “Starbucks.” I got a latte and gorged on the Pastéis de Belém Pastéis and stuffed my mouth with each of them, as the warm gooey sweet custard filled my mouth and my tongue achieved nirvana in its life!
So there is nothing I can explain further, as that day, I gulped 8 Pastéis de Belém and reluctantly shared the 4 with others! But Pastéis de Belém is a must to eat and experience.
I also did visit Pastéis de Nada in the “Time out Cafe,” and it was amazing as well! I would give it my second best prize! And crown “Pastéis de Belém” as the Queen of Pastéis!