Original Portuguese Egg Tarts and Secret Chinese Food in Lisbon

Original Portuguese Egg Tarts and Secret Chinese Food in Lisbon
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On Day 27 of our Round The World Trip for food with Star Alliance, my wife and I took a day trip to Belém to do some sightseeing in Lisbon. We had the original Portuguese egg tarts from Pastéis de Belém. For dinner, we ate at a secret Chinese restaurant in Lisbon.

1:14 Pastéis de Belém – Known to serve the original Portuguese egg tarts, which are called pastéis de Belém, we made the legendary cafe our first stop of the day. The egg tarts are incredibly good, with layers of crispy pastry and creamy egg custard in the middle. I’m not huge on pastries or sweets, but it was still good. Pastéis de Belém also has a selection of other Portuguese sweets, and we had a chocolate filled Portuguese donut at Pastéis de Belém, plus a couple cups of coffee. Total price – 6.50 EUR

5:54 Belém Tower – There are a few very famous attractions in Lisbon located in Belém, and after the egg tart, I headed over to visited the Belém Tower, which is located within the Tagus River. After waiting in line and paying the entrance fee, I explored the tower and I especially enjoyed the view from the top. Price – 6 EUR

8:37 Jerónimos Monastery – A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Jerónimos Monastery is an incredible feat of architecture. You have to wait in line and pay a fee get entrance into the cloister of the monastery. But it’s well worth waiting out the line because the cloister is incredible. Also, without paying you can go into the church at Jerónimos Monastery which is also spectacular. Entrance to the cloister – 10 EUR per person

11:04 Time Out Market Lisboa – For lunch, Ying and I were hungry, but since it was a Sunday, so many of the restaurants I wanted to try were closed. So we made it back to the center of Lisbon and ended up going to the Time Out Market Lisboa. There are plenty of choices for what to eat at Time Out Market Lisboa, including both Portuguese food and international food. I ordered bacalhau with chickpeas, a famous Portuguese food combination made with salted cod.

13:07 Museu Calouste Gulbenkian – After eating lunch at Time Out Market Lisboa, we continued on to Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, a well known art museum in Lisbon. Free entrance on Sunday

14:07 Secret Chinese food at Chinês Clandestino Restaurant – Ying and I were both still hungry after only a small lunch. Again, most of the Portuguese food restaurants I wanted to eat at were closed on Sunday, so we both decided to eat Chinese food. After doing some searching I came across Chinês Clandestino Restaurant, a Chinese restaurant with no signs. The food was overall quite good, and I have to admit that both Ying and I were ready for some Chinese food! Total price – 27.20 EUR for everything

20:51 A Ginjinha – I had already ended the video for the day, but when I was A Ginjinha as we walked home, I decided to stop in this legendary takeaway bar and try a cup of Portuguese cherry ginginha. It was a great way to end the day.

Day 26 was alright. I was a little disappointed we weren’t able to eat authentic Portuguese food, but things don’t always work out the way you expected them to when you travel, and that’s alright.

Disclaimer and Thank You:
Thank you to Star Alliance and their Round The World tickets (http://www.staralliance.com/en/round-the-world) for sponsoring my business class flights.
Thank you to The Fontecruz Lisboa Hotel for sponsoring my stay in Lisbon.

I personally paid for all food and attractions in this video, and I decided what to do and where to eat.


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  1. Hey Mark. Regarding the "portuguese type of donut, the correct name is Bola de Berlim and the traditional ones are with a cream named Creme de Pasteleiro wish is made with many eggs. The chocolate ones are not traditional. Next time try with the yellow cream. Continue the good work with the channel 😀🖖

  2. Too much fat, too much protein, too heavy, be careful my friend. For now you're young and your digestive system works 100% but as you get older you risk to take a wall. A good fast of time will only do you good.

  3. Is the Portuguese egg tart the inspiration for the Chinese custard tart that looks just like it? (I know the Portuguese influenced a lot of Asian culture).

  4. pasteis de nata (portuguese egg tarts) are one thing and pasteis de belem are another. First came pasteis de nata then came pasteis de belem. Franlky pasteis de belem (what you ate) are overrated. Stick to the good old pastel de nata. It's better.

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