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Dec 25, 2002 12:07 AM

Malasadas @ Portuguese Bakery, Santa Clara

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After lunch in Koreatown, we continued along El Camino Real to Portuguese Bakery in Mervyn’s Plaza to buy malasadas. The style here is heavy, eggy and very chewy, sprinkled with sugar – hit the spot when reheated in the toaster oven. Also picked up a glazed biscoito which was less interesting. The wall board listed a linguiça sandwich and soup of the festival – if we hadn’t just finished lunch we might have tried these too.

Note: Souza’s Bakery across the street no longer makes malasadas.


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  1. Ten years and two months later I returned here. I'd had lunch nearby and it dawned on me that I was close to a source of malassadas. Portuguese Bakery has a website now.

    They are a buck apiece and I got the last, lonely malassada of the day.

    4 Replies
    1. re: Melanie Wong

      im not sure if you can recall, but how was that malassada relative to 10 years ago?

      1. re: majordanby

        I have to confess that I had no memory at all of having a malassada there before! Big surprise to me when I searched the board for info about Portuguese bakeries in the area and found my old post. But based on what I wrote then, I'd say it's much the same. I had a bite of it immediately but enjoyed it more after warming it up in the toaster oven.

      2. re: Melanie Wong

        Wow, that's a huge malasada! It looks large enough to share. Thanks for the link to the Portuguese Bakery site.

        I've only seen (and eaten!!) the smaller version: round like a ball and a little larger than a doughnut hole. (And, not here in the Bay Area). I'm glad to know that I can find these treats much closer to home than Kauai.

        1. re: Shibi

          Yes, it's huge, about the size of the typical apple fritter that donut shops make. Too big to eat in one sitting.