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Looking for Portuguese Bakery

SwampCatNana Jul 28, 2013 08:03 AM

I'm originally from New Bedford and had access to ton of Portuguese foods. Now, in Boston, I'm trying to find a bakery for malasadas! The only ones I found were in Cambridge, in a fish market! I bought them, and even though they were in plastic bag, the tasted like FISH!

  1. NE_Wombat Jul 28, 2013 08:16 AM

    You may want to check one of the Padaria Brasil locations.


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      SwampCatNana Jul 28, 2013 08:53 AM

      I did check them and they didn't even know what malasadas were. Thanks.

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        Chef Bwana Jul 28, 2013 09:08 AM


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          SwampCatNana Jul 28, 2013 09:19 AM

          This doesn't give any where to find them. It has even less info than my post.

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            Chef Bwana Jul 29, 2013 10:04 AM

            I posted because it explains why they are hard to find and mentions looking for religious feasts where you can find them fresh (apparently the only way to eat them).

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          wandergirl Jul 28, 2013 09:39 AM

          You might give the Cross Street Market in Somerville a call to see if they have them. I found a couple of reports online that they made them, or at least used to. They may be available by request only.

          Cross Street Market
          72 Cross Street, Somerville

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            SwampCatNana Jul 28, 2013 10:12 AM

            Already tried them. Never even heard of malasadas.

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            treb Jul 28, 2013 11:22 AM

            Malasadas, yum, haven't had them since Hawaii!

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              teezeetoo Jul 28, 2013 12:05 PM

              Central Bakery in cambridge used to have them on occasions (like St. Anthony's feast) - call and find out when they make them.

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              1. re: teezeetoo
                SwampCatNana Jul 28, 2013 02:54 PM

                Spoke to Central just now. The only time they have them is when St Anthony has a feast. They bring some to the bakery to sell.
                I'll have to call St Anthony's to find when they will have them next.
                Thank you, teezeetoo

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                kimfair1 Jul 29, 2013 05:11 AM

                I feel your pain. I have lived in Boston for 30+ years now (born in New Bedford), and have yet to find a quality malasada. They were getting hard to find in New Bedford when I left, with the fried dough, thick and thin, greasy, crispy malasadas of my youth turning into puffy raised doughnuts dusted in sugar. I long for the old days at Homlyke when you could get hot malasadas in a brown bag, the grease showing through in spots.

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                  SwampCatNana Jul 29, 2013 04:31 PM

                  Where abouts were you when you lived in NB? Have you ever found a Chinese restaurant in Boston that makes chow mein they way they do "back home"?
                  I'm in JP going on 6 yrs. Lived in the North End 7 yrs and have been in and out of Boston since 1987.

                  Have you ever made it back for the Portuguese feast? It is next weekend.

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                    kimfair1 Jul 30, 2013 05:29 AM

                    I lived in the west end near Rockdale ave. I was never a fan of the old style chow mein, but haven't seen it in Boston in that manner. Moved here for college in 1980, lived here ever since, mostly in Allston/Brighton.

                    I've been to the feast a few times over the years, always to get some cacoila, favas, and real Maderia wine. Also to cook my own carne d'spit over the coals.

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                      SwampCatNana Jul 31, 2013 11:38 AM

                      Ah, Kim! How lucky you were to be able to get back for the feasts.
                      I lived on Rockdale at the cemetery. Just between Allen & Grape Street.
                      Also grew up on Sawyer St and Reynolds, moved to Rochester, then back to NB at Ball's corner.
                      Finally bought a house on Acushnet Ave just this side of the Freetown line.
                      You never like the chow mein at the Chinese restaurants?
                      You like the Boston style of chow mein?
                      I actually lived on Union St in Brighton for a year or 2. Near St Elizabeth's Hospital.

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                        kimfair1 Jul 31, 2013 03:33 PM

                        Never liked chow mein at all. I was more a sweet and sour chicken guy as a kid, now I rarely eat Americanized Chinese food.

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                          SwampCatNana Jul 31, 2013 03:46 PM

                          So, where do you eat Chinese food in the Boston are? I had a place I liked on Centre St in JP but they have retired.

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                            kimfair1 Aug 1, 2013 05:54 AM

                            Generally my go to is Shanghai Gate in Allston, or the Kantin in the Super 88 food court.

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                              SwampCatNana Aug 1, 2013 04:20 PM

                              Which Super 88 is that? The only one I know is in the South Center Mall(?) - where Target is. Off the Red LIne and Sullivan's Sq

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                                kimfair1 Aug 1, 2013 08:16 PM

                                In Allston, at Packard's corner. The market isn't Super 88 anymore, but everyone still calls it that.

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                                  SwampCatNana Aug 2, 2013 03:53 AM


                                  Still unable to get through to Lowell Bakery.

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                  libertywharf Jul 29, 2013 06:30 AM

                  If you're ever in Pawtucket RI try the Central Ave Bakery on Central Ave, which runs off Newport Ave.

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                    T.B. Jul 29, 2013 11:57 AM

                    Are the malasadas you got in New Bedford puffy doughnut-like ones like in Hawai'i or more irregular disks like filhozes? I'd love to find Hawai'ian-style malasadas in this area.

                    At the the Lowell Folk Festival they were making the flatter kind at a foodways demo and said that in the Azores whether you called it a malasada or a filhos varied from island to island. The Portuguese food stand had filhozes, though sadly they were cold. I gather they're best fresh from the fryer and are usually only made in large batches for festivals.

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                    1. re: T.B.
                      greygarious Jul 29, 2013 01:19 PM

                      Lowell Portuguese Bakery, on Gorham St., does them weekend mornings, the puffy doughnut style. Best to go by 10. By noon, if any are left, they are starting to get soggy.

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                        T.B. Jul 29, 2013 02:20 PM

                        Thanks for the pointer! Now to find a weekend when I can get there in the early morning...

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                          greygarious Jul 29, 2013 02:37 PM

                          Call them first - in summer they used to be closed Sundays. I don't know if that's still the case.

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                        kimfair1 Jul 29, 2013 01:59 PM

                        Good to know that the fihozes style malasada are available, even if only at a food stand at a festival. At my last looking, very few of the bakeries in New Bedford were doing them this way, most had converted to the puffy raised doughnut style. The puffy type keep longer, but the others need to be at least warm to really enjoy at their perfection. I'd have eaten a cold one if I'd seen it, however, it's been that long since I had one.

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                          T.B. Jul 29, 2013 02:27 PM

                          It sounded like they'restill popular in the Lowell area at Portuguese Xmas festivals and church fund-raisers. Maybe the filhozes style are more the provenance of home cooks these days?

                          1. re: kimfair1
                            SwampCatNana Jul 29, 2013 04:37 PM

                            Me, too, Kim! Cold or warm, I just want one! It's been soooo longggg!

                          2. re: T.B.
                            SwampCatNana Jul 29, 2013 04:35 PM

                            Actually both kinds. The true ones are formless, the bakery ones are jelly donut-like.
                            Someone mentioned St Anthony's church feast in an above post. It seems they have malasadas there.
                            The North End feasts have a fried dough but the dough is not the same recipe. It is a white dough.

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                            11earl Jul 29, 2013 02:02 PM

                            Try Central Bakery in Peabody.

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                              bear Jul 29, 2013 05:31 PM

                              As a former SE Mass. (Taunton area) resident, this post brought back memories of excellent donuts and homemade malasadas. I emailed Art's International Bakery in Raynham and they said they made malasadas from Tues. through Sun.

                              We used to get them from Art's about 25 years ago. It's not Boston area, but if you get desperate, it's not as far and New Bedford! I'm sure they are still the flat kind that we used to get.

                              I'd definitely call first if you decide to make the trek down there.


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                                SwampCatNana Jul 29, 2013 05:49 PM

                                No transportation to get to Raynham, but thanks for the info.

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                                lc02139 Jul 30, 2013 04:35 AM

                                Maybe you can ask the Union Square donut people to do them as specials

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                                1. re: lc02139
                                  SwampCatNana Jul 31, 2013 06:50 AM

                                  Only if they have an authentic recipe. They are not like fried dough. Totally different recipe.

                                  TO everyone:

                                  I was just on the phone with Central Bakery in Peabody and they said when the boss gets back from vacation in OCTOBER they will start making them again.
                                  I put a post it on my computer to remind me!

                                  Still unable to get through to the Lowel Portuguese bakery.

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                                  bear Aug 2, 2013 04:10 AM

                                  One more suggestion that may be worth a try. Winter Hill Bakery on Broadway in Somerville has Portuguese bread, so you could give them a call and ask if they make malasadas. They may not have a fryolater, though.

                                  If you're really desperate, they may sell you some masa and you could fry them at home. You could freeze some of the raw dough for a later treat. At least the work of making the dough will have been done for you! Their prices are ridiculously cheap.

                                  They also have little Portuguese egg custards and a few other pastries. The egg custards are greatly improved by a few minutes in a hot toaster oven just to crisp up the crust. Otherwise it's soggy and tough.

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                                    kimfair1 Aug 2, 2013 05:30 AM

                                    I love those little egg custards.

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                                      SwampCatNana Aug 2, 2013 10:31 AM

                                      Great suggestion, bear! Will give it a try.

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                                        SwampCatNana Aug 2, 2013 10:34 AM

                                        What egg custards? Where?

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                                          kimfair1 Aug 2, 2013 10:55 AM

                                          See the last paragraph of Bear's. He stated the Winter Hill Bakery in Somerville has the Portuguese egg custard tarts.

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                                            SwampCatNana Aug 2, 2013 04:25 PM


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                                      libertywharf Aug 2, 2013 02:47 PM


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                                        bear Aug 2, 2013 03:16 PM

                                        Huh. It looks like the real deal, and this Boston.com article says it's right next to the commuter rail station. Thanks.


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                                          SwampCatNana Aug 2, 2013 04:29 PM

                                          They refer to the POrtuguese sweet bread as pastel....... We know it as masa savada(not sure of the spelling). No mention of malasadas.

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