Saturday, May 30, 2009

Portuguese Custard Tarts

We were in the Inner West of Sydney today. First to drop off Ashleigh's flute to be repaired at Leichhardt. Since we were in the area, we decided to head to Petersham for Portuguese food for lunch at Silvas. Petersham is located about six kms from the Sydney CBD is famous for its Portuguese community, Portuguese restaurants and patisseries. Last year, I went on a gourmet tour of Petersham with two friends, Joyce and Kevin. The tour was organised by Gourmet Safaris, a company that runs many gourmet tours around Sydney, Australia and rest of the world.

For lunch we had the garlic prawns (a popular dish at Silvas), crumbed calamari (squid) for entrees and for main the girls and I shared half a Portuguese grilled chicken served with rice and chips. My hubby had a charcoal grilled veal cutlets which he said was tasty but he preferred the charcoal grilled pork belly, which he had the last time we were there. My two girls and I enjoyed the Portuguese grilled chicken, it was juicy and tasty. It must have been because Ashleigh had two pieces of chicken, which is unusual for her. I asked for the garlic and piri-piri sauce to be served separately as the girls did not like the sauces. After lunch, we went for a walk to buy some Portuguese custard tarts for afternoon tea and Portuguese tinned sardines. Sorry there are no photos of the food, I forgot my camera.

The Portuguese egg tarts were really tasty and flaky. We bought them from two different shops - Sweet Belem and La Patisserie. Sweet Belem's version of the Portuguese custard tart has cinnamon sprinkled on top (pictured on the left). La Patisserie's tart had a crispy and flaky pastry. It was difficult to say which was tastier, both were absolutely scrumptious. It was an afternoon treat with a cup of tea on a cold wintry day.

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