Bifana

bifana

What is a bifana?

Chef Alexandre is the Michelin starred chef-owner of the restaurant Loco in Lisbon. Bifana is a delicious small traditional Portuguese sandwich. It is prepared with papo seco (Portuguese bread roll) and marinated pork cutlets, on which the cooking juices are drizzled.

Where to get a good bifana in Lisbon?

Every local has their favorite bifana in Lisbon. The city is full of old-school tascas, no-frills local bars serving up a range of Portuguese classics. Plenty of them are famous for their bifanas, and every local granny has their own signature recipe! Now, locals would say that you can only get a good bifana in Lisbon.

Are all bifana sandwiches the same in Portugal?

You can find bifana sandwiches all over Portugal but they are never exactly the same because like any iconic recipe, everyone has its own version. In any case, there’s no reason to fight over which one is the original, as the important thing is to savor them!

What is a bifana sandwich?

Bifana sandwiches are served in a tasca, small convenient eateries. The bifana recipe is very popular across Portugal but there are different kinds of variations of this sandwich in different parts of Portugal (but more about this later).

Where did the bifana originate?

Unofficially, the first version of the bifana recipe appeared in the town of Vendas Novas in the Alentejo region. Bifana is very popular in Portugal and it’s no surprise that there are many slightly different variations of the bifana recipe across the country.

Where to try bifanas in Portugal?

Known as THE place to try bifanas, Conga was established in 1976 in Porto, and although the place was spruced up a bit not long ago it still carries the traditional ambiance of before. They have a magic cauldron where the bifanas are made (the one in the video above), where they cook all day with the juices from the meat and the seasonings.

What is the difference between a bifana and a Porto pork sandwich?

Both are good: I just have a preference for the Northern Portuguese style. The bifana is made from thin strips of marinated pork that’s served in a simple white bread roll. In Porto, the bifana comes with a sauce while in Vendas Novas and most of the South of Portugal it’s typical to put squeezy yellow mustard on top.

What is a Portuguese bifana?

In the South of Portugal and in Lisbon, the bifana is topped with squeezy yellow mustard – the kind of cheap mustard you’d expect to put on a hot dog or find in a crappy fast food restaurant. The same thing happens with a prego – another of Portugal’s great sandwiches – which in Lisbon is served as dessert after a seafood dinner.

What is Portugal’s National Sandwich?

The Portuguese love a good sandwich, just like any sensible person. Portugal has not one but two sandwiches that are considered national sandwiches: The bifana and the prego. Both are straightforward sandwiches made with tender, thin pieces of meat.

Where to eat bifanas in Porto?

Known as THE place to try bifanas, Conga was established in 1976 in Porto, and although the place was spruced up a bit not long ago it still carries the traditional ambiance of before. They have a magic cauldron where the bifanas are made, where they cook all day with the juices from the meat and the seasonings. And that sauce!

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