PhotoLPPT From Portugal, joined Jul 2004, 498 posts, RR: 2 Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1139 times:
Being a local, I enjoy them quite a lot. They taste great being eaten while still warm, especially on a chilly day.
The shop/factory even has a website. Go to: www.pasteisdebelem.pt
Can't really comment on the origin, but here's whats on the website of the store:
Quote: The Taste of Tradition
At the beginning of the Nineteenth Century, in Belém, next to the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (the Heironymite Monastery) there was a sugar cane refinery linked to a small general store.
As a result of the liberal revolution of 1820, all convents and monasteries in Portugal were shut down in 1834, the clergy and labourers expelled.
In an attempt at survival, someone from the monastery offered sweet pastries for sale in the shop; pastries that rapidly became known as 'Pasteis de Belém'.
At that period the area of Belém was still far from the city of Lisbon and could be reached by steam-boats. At the same time, the grandeur of the monastery and the Torre de Belém (the Belém Tower) attracted visitors who soon grew used to savouring the delicious pastries originated in the monastery.
In 1837, the baking of the 'Pasteis de Belém' was begun in buildings joined to the refinery, following the ancient 'secret recipe' from the monastery. Passed on and known exclusively to the master confectioners who hand-crafted the pastries in the 'secrets room', this recipe remained unchanged to the present day.
In fact, the only true 'Pasteis de Belém' contrive, by means of a scrupulous selection of ingredients, to offer even today the flavour of the ancient portuguese confectionary industry.
It's great to know they are a favorite in Macau and Hong Kong!
AsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1099 times:
I taught a Portuguese tart when I was a teacher. Her two brothers were nice and adapted to the midwestern standard lifestyle. However, their sister ended up in Chicago doing $10 tricks at a bus station.
United Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9036 posts, RR: 16 Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 941 times:
Quoting HKGKaiTak (Reply 15): I thought so too. I only heard of Portuguese tarts (the food variety, not the women!!!) when I went to HK in late 2003 ... the KFC version are good but not overly tasty ...
Upon returning to Sydney, I find that quite a few cafes sell Portuguese Tarts, although I've never tried any here.
Actually they are from Portugal. So what other cafes that sell portugese tarts? Please recommend. Thanks.
Portugese tarts are famous and popular in Hong Kong and Macau. In fact, VERY!
HKGKaiTak From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 1050 posts, RR: 0 Reply 21, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 867 times:
Quoting United Airline (Reply 20): Any good shops for portugese tarts in Australia? I have seen some at Market City, Chinatown; as well as Gloria Jeans around the city.
So many cafes have them ... I can't tell you which ones are good but I guess the Chinatown ones are modelled on the recipes from Hong Kong, which may or may not differ from the "original" recipes used in other cafes ...
Wonder why Nando's or Oporto (Portuguese fast food) don't have Portuguese tarts?
United Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9036 posts, RR: 16 Reply 22, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 837 times:
Quoting HKGKaiTak (Reply 21): Wonder why Nando's or Oporto (Portuguese fast food) don't have Portuguese tarts?
Exactly. I went there but they don't serve Portugese tarts. Don't know why.
Quoting HKGKaiTak (Reply 21): I can't tell you which ones are good but I guess the Chinatown ones are modelled on the recipes from Hong Kong, which may or may not differ from the "original" recipes used in other cafes ...
I am sure they are since most chinese in Chinatown are from Hong Kong. Wonder what's the difference between original recipe and the Hong Kong recipe.
A lot of cake shops like Mandarin Cake Shop (Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong), Grand Hyatt Grand Cafe cake shop in Hong Kong, Maxim Cake shop, former Maria's etc they do not serve Portugese tarts. Also the very popular one in Hong Kong (Forgot the name). Most of them do luckily. The ones at KFC are very popular though.