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Apr 20, 2008 10:54 AM

Portuguese tart in Wash DC metro area?

Can we find these anywhere in this multicultural city area from Bmore to VA?

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  1. djc -

    I've been to Portugal many times, but I'm not sure what a Portuguese tart is - any help? Perhaps the folks at Tavira can help you find a source: www.tavirarestaurant.com - it's in Chevy Chase, MD

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    1. re: dacwdc

      I will call them. The Portuguese tart or Po Tart is famous in Macau -by ferry from Hong Kong. Maucau used to be Portuguese. Its like an egg custard tart carmeilzed on top and totally fabulous to eat.

      1. re: djc

        I don't know how similar it is, but Hollywood East on the Blvd in Wheaton has Hong Kong style egg tarts at dim sum. They look identical to the picture on wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egg_tart and they are amazing. I usually get two orders of 3 and eat one by myself. They are light, cripsy, and a little eggy, sweet but not too. Two bites of deliciousness. Just thinking of them is making me crazy.

    2. I am an egg custard tart fanatic! The Chinese bakeries---such as Maria's (Rockville and Falls Church) or dim sum restaurants (my favorite is Oriental East in Sil Spr) have the Chinese Hong Kong style egg custard tarts, but unfortunately have not seen the Portuguese type in the area. The Chinese egg tarts are amazing when they are fresh and hot out of the oven.

      NYC Chinatown has several small cafes dedicated to a variety of egg custard tarts--including the Portuguese kind. I visited Portugal last year and couldn't get enough of them, even took photos of them to capture the yummy memories.

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      1. re: rheelee

        FWIW - just had the Egg Tarts at dim sum Oriental East in SS - work nearby. The custard part is good, but the crust is really sad. : (

        1. re: dacwdc

          It's too bad to hear Oriental East's egg tarts weren't up to par today. I've only had them fresh out of the oven on the weekends during peak dim sum hours. Perhaps during the weekday, the items aren't as fresh unfortunately.

      2. It sounds like what you are talking about is what would be called a pasteis de belem (or de nata) in Portugal. The best are from Belem, outside Lisbon, and they are yummy indeed.
        There is an excellent sounding recipe at:
        I have never seen the actual pastries for sale in DC.

        1. If you are still looking for Natas ("Portuguese Tart") http://www.nandosperiperi.com in Gallery Place has some pretty good ones. Enjoy!

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          1. re: mmajestic

            Wow. In my visits to Nando's I somehow missed the Natas. Had these in Lisbon and Sintra. YUMMY. I hope the ones at Nando's compare favorably, and I can't wait to get over there again to try!