Portugese Egg Tarts from Margaret's Cafe e Nata, Macau
There is a very good reason why the best Portugese egg tarts are found in Macau and not Portugal. Portuguese egg tarts do not exist in Portugal! Ever since I visited Margaret's Cafe e Nata in Macau, which serves one of, if not the best Portugese egg tarts in the whole of Macau, I've been dreaming of flying off to Portugal to eat these sweet, delicious, wobbly, crispy things at its source. Because everything is better at its source, right? Wrong. Portugese Egg Tarts and Pastel de Nata aren't even the same thing!
Pastéis de Nata from Porto, Portugal
Okay, maybe they are not completely different. They are made from essentially the same ingredients, except the recipe for Pastel de Nata often asks for cream, while the recipes for Cantonese egg tarts ask for fresh or evaporated milk instead. Portugese egg tarts? I haven't seen any on the internet that looks even remotely close to the ones I had in Macau, but the recipe is probably somewhat of a cross between the two. In terms of taste, Cantonese egg tarts are most "eggy", followed by Portugese egg tarts, and when you come down to tasting the "custardy" Pastéis de Nata, you might wonder if they used eggs at all! But of course they do, custards are made from eggs. Essentially, Pastéis de Nata are more accurately described as custard tarts, or to be even more accurate (since technically the term custard can apply to egg tarts as well), the texture of the filling resembles a curd more than anything else. I'm not saying this is a bad thing. Pastéis de Nata are actually really good. Except it's just completely different from the Portugese egg tarts in Macau. In fact, egg tarts were derived from Pastéis de Nata. It won't be fair to say which is better because they're not the same thing. But I definitely dig the ones in Macau a lot more, particularly the ones at Margaret's Cafe e Nata (I'm not speaking for the rest of the egg tarts in Macau) - it's just so creamy, yet irresistibly "eggy"at the same time, and comes with the best buttery crust I've ever had.
Snapshots of Porto, Portugal
So I did fly to Portugal like I dreamt, and had more
At the end of the day though, I still miss the Portugese Egg Tarts at Margaret's Cafe e Nata. Have you tried those?
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