All posts filed under: Portuguese

Solo Travel in Porto and Lisbon

It was a pleasant 3:30pm as I stepped out of the metro at Baixa-Chiado, downtown Lisbon. Never had I felt so instantaneously in love with a city. I had just flown in from Porto and had already experienced a little bit of Portugal’s charm – colourful houses, steep hills and cobbled streets. But it was the addition of sunshine and bustle of people that makes Lisbon easily my favourite city in Europe. It helped that all the Portuguese people I met on my trip were friendly, open and so proud of their country. The genuine happiness and excitement they felt when I told them I was in Europe just to visit Portugal, was priceless and just so warming. Travelling alone in Portugal That made travelling alone in Portugal so easy. It was so pleasant and I never once felt alone, which was quite different from my first solo trip to the south of Taiwan. There was something I really enjoyed about standing on the busy streets of Lisbon and devouring three scoops of Chiado (milk and rum), pistachio …

Tapisco, Lisbon: The Best of Modern Portuguese Fine Dining

Dining experiences are very personal and often subjective. With only three days in Lisbon, and endless lists of restaurants, I was starting to feel exhausted at the thought of deciding where to eat next. Except for a handful of wine bars, the typical recommendations were not speaking to me. For example, even though more than five people suggested Ramiro in the span of 24 hours (I’m sure it’s excellent), I just wasn’t in the mood for prawns, crabs and clams, no matter how big, fresh and juicy they were. Then I came across Tapisco and it was almost like I had a eureka moment. It wasn’t on any ‘Restaurants you must visit in Lisbon’ lists, but I stumbled across it when browsing photos on Instagram. This is usually my process of restaurant research – it’s painstakingly inefficient, but often accurately helps me find what I know I would personally enjoy. Striking the perfect balance I was immediately sold by the laid back bright vibes of Tapisco and photos of its squid ink paella. They had comfortable …

Mike’s Chicken: Hidden Portuguese Gem in Sai Kung

I’m guilty for being a frequent visitor of Sai Kung but not noticing Mike’s Chicken until only a year after it’s been open! Though that’s partly because it’s hidden among the overwhelming number of seafood restaurants on seafood street (海鮮街) – which many people acknowledge as being overpriced tourist traps and avoid altogether by now. Despite it’s “hidden location”, the genuine food and friendly culture have helped this place garner a loyal customer base and it’s therefore pretty necessary to book in advance. Appetiser Platter *must order* Having tried the bacalhau fritters at Casa Lisboa, I was definitely tempted to order the ones here. With so many appealing choices on the menu, though not too fluent in Portuguese cuisine, we decided to order the standard appetiser platter for four. The highlight for me was the fatty spicy chorizo which went super well with their soft homemade piping hot baguettes, although they were admittedly a tad too salty. But everything else on the plate was just as memorable. Suckling Pig (requires pre-ordering) The suckling pig has to be pre-ordered and I would assume at least a …

Casa Lisboa: Real Portuguese food in Heart of Hong Kong

I never thought I was a fan of Portuguese food. After sampling most of the popular ones in Macau, I decided I didn’t like any. But apparently Portuguese food is quite different from Macanese food, the latter is of course what you’d find in Macau instead. Still without knowing the differences, my meal at Casa Lisboa has definitely reignited my interest for this cuisine again! With so many new restaurants opening up in Hong Kong, the result has been a lot of Mexican and Asian fusion food to digest lately. So it was a welcomed alternative to go for some traditional European cuisines, which are still relatively rare in Hong Kong, like Rustico (Spanish) and more recently, Casa Lisboa (Portuguese). Plus, at Casa Lisboa, they’ve added a few really good new items to their menu since my last visit about a year or two ago. [NEW] Creamy Bacalhau Cassoulet – HK$90 *must order* Bacalhau is dried salted cod and is used frequently in the Spanish and Portuguese kitchen. This is one of the several new items they’ve introduced recently. Think of the cod, potatoes and …