Are you planning a trip to Faro this year? If that’s the case, we have some suggestions for you since Faro has a lot to offer. Especially if you’re a foodie, this town will most definitely interest you. Portuguese dishes are amazing, but let’s talk about Faro food first.
So, let’s start. You hired a car in Faro and now you are discovering the Faro town. It’s time to eat, have a snack or petiscos, or take your loved ones to dinner. Just like her cousin Spain, Portugal offers all sorts of culinary delights you don’t want to miss. Spanish and Portuguese cuisine are under the Mediterranean influences. Especially in Faro, there are limitless dishes with all sorts of seafood – from clams to fish, octopus, and lobsters. Faro specialties are Xarém com Conquilhas, Carne de Porco Alentejana, Arroz de Lingueirao, Raia de Alhada, and Petiscos; and believe it or not, they are all delicious and all in some way or another include seafood. In fact, Faro should be called the city of seafood.
Regardless if you’re staying in Faro or you’re just driving through, this is a place of interests for all gastronomic lovers. If you thought Spain was your ultimate destination to enjoy all the culinary overachievements, Portugal will be a pleasant surprise. So, here we have 5 Faro dishes we’ve tried out for you and we kindly suggest you follow our steps. Each of these traditional dishes should be on your list when in Faro!
Top 5 Faro foods you have to try when in Portugal:
- Xarém com Conquilhas
- Carne de Porco Alentejana
- Arroz de Lingueirao
- Raia de Alhada
- Petiscos - portuguese tapas
Faro food: Xarém com Conquilhas
The first on our Faro foodie list is Xarem com conquilhas. It is a typical Faro food, known for its rich taste and pungent aroma. The dish – made with corn flour and seafood – combines different mixture of textures and flavours such as garlic, lemon wedges, olive oil, cilantro and of course baby clams or conquilhas. In 2011, this dish was pronounced to be one of 21 Wonders of the Portuguese Gastronomy. It goes very well with beer or vine. Bom apetite!
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Faro food: Carne de Porco Alentejana
When in Faro, discovering their food and gastronomic masterpieces, you’ll soon see that Portuguese are crazy about seafood. They even mix seafood with pork, like their cousins Spaniards. Carne de Porco Alentejana is their classic dish. Recipe calls for marinated pork which they fry, mix it with clams and then cook it all together. There is a lot of different ways you can prepare the marinade, but in general, they use paprika, garlic, cilantro, pepper, and white wine. After the meats are tender and flavors in full bloom, they add potatoes to slowly cook in the sauce and add the final touch to the dish. The final product is a sensational mixture of tastes.
Faro food: Arroz de Lingueirao
Arroz de Lingueirao is another wonder from Portugal Gastronomy in 2011. Another wonder with, yes, seafood. This time they mixed it with rice. Razor clams are to be found all around the coast, so the Portuguese said, hey, this time we’ll mix them with rice, tomatoes, chili, garlic, olive oil, and white wine. And they made it; this especially creamy risotto will make you hire a car and drive back to Faro, believe us. We have tried it at home, but, Faro chefs know their business.
Faro food: Raia de Alhada
Do you like skate fish? Its meat is used in lots of fancy restaurants around the world, but it’s a crucial ingredience of this Faro food as well. Raia de Alhada is sautéed skate fish with lots of garlic and olive oil. Usually is served with sliced potatoes or cooked vegetables, and it could easily be our favorite dish from Faro.
Faro food: Petiscos – Portuguese tapas
Now, let’s go back to basics. We all know Spanish tapas. Well, petiscos are a Spanish version of it. There is not much of a difference between them, but enough it would be a shame if you wouldn’t try them both.
So, when in Faro, do like the Portuguese do – order petiscos! Usually, you order petiscos as a side dish to your beer or wine, or you can try it as an appetizer. You can try many different petiscos. One of our favorites was definitely Pica-Pau with pork, sausages, and cheese. But there is also Moelas – chicken gizzard stew, Pataniscas – codfish with onions in a cake and the octopus salad with lots of olive oil and parsley. Enjoy!
Faro food: 5 special dishes from Faro you have to try
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