Pastel de Nata or Pastel de Belém, that is the question !
It is impossible to say that you never heard of this yummy custard tart made of eggs, milk and sugar!
This portuguese puff pastry is as famous as the croissant in Paris!
If you ever decide to visit the country, no need to tell what To do.
Just make sure you have added this pastry to your “Must- eat” list!
Carefull ! For those visiting the capital -Lisbon-, you will realize that you have the choice between two types of this delicious pastry.
The most famous one is called “Pastel de Belém ” while the other one is called “Pastel de nata”
Even if the name looks slightly different, the shape and flavour will be very similar.
For those wondering what the difference is, here are some cool infos:
- “Pastel de Belém” is the original egg tart created in 1837 by the monks of the emblematic Jerónimos Monastery.
- Pastel de nata does not come from the same place and was originally a copy of the Pastel de Belém.
All the other tarts will be called pastel de nata.
Some people like pastel de Belém more. Some other will tell you pastel de nata is better.
All we can tell you is that this is a matter of taste. Try both and decide which one you want to share with your friends. Pricing can vary from shop to shop but one piece will usually cost around 2/3euros.
Since this tart is made of eggs, we recommend you eat it as fresh/quick as possible.