Grilled sardines are one of the most popular dishes in the Algarve (Photo: Alex Teixeira/Unsplash)
Grilled sardines are one of the most popular dishes in the Algarve (Photo: Alex Teixeira/Unsplash)

Portuguese cuisine among top five in the world

Only Italy, Japan and Greece received higher scores than Portugal

Portuguese cuisine has been voted as the fourth best in the world, according to audience votes collected by food website TasteAtlas.

Every year, the website compiles a list of the ‘100 Best Cuisines in the World’.

“Based on 395,205 (271,819 valid) dish ratings, and 115,660 (80,863 valid) food product ratings, these cuisines have recorded the best average ratings for their respective top 50 highest-rated dishes and food products. If two cuisines have the same average rating, the one with the highest-rated dish is ranked higher,” it explains.

Portugal received the fourth highest score (4.61), bested only by Italian and Japanese cuisine (4.65) and Greek cuisine (4.64).

Chinese gastronomy follows in fifth place (4.59), with Indonesia (4.57), Mexico (4.56), France and Spain (4.55) and Peru (4.54) rounding out the top-10.

Portugal also featured twice on the ‘100 Best Dishes in the World’ list also compiled by TasteAtlas, with ‘Ameijoas à Bulhão Pato’ (clams cooked in the usual ‘Bulhão Pato’ style, with olive oil, garlic, lemon juice and coriander) placing 12th on the list, and ‘Carne de Porco à Alentejana’ (marinated pieces of pork cooked with clams and a lightly spicy, wine-infused sauce) taking the 25th spot.

Also ranked were the ‘100 Best Cheeses in the World’, with Portugal’s ‘Queijo Serra da Estrela’ – a “semi-soft cheese made from the milk of Bordaleira Serra da Estrela and Churra Mondegueira breeds of sheep” – appearing in fifth, followed by ‘Queijo de Azeitão’ – a “semi-soft cheese made from unpasteurised sheep milk – in 19th, ‘Queijo Serpa’ – a “semi-soft sheep’s milk cheese that’s similar to Pecorino” – in 65th and ‘Queijo de Cabra Transmontano’ – a “hard cheese made from raw goat milk taken from the  Serrana breed” – in 81st.

Porto (46th) and Lisbon (54th) also made it onto the ‘Best Food Cities and Regions in the World’ list.

By Michael Bruxo

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