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The Ten Commandments of Portuguese Food

Christopher Arsenault / TSM
Christopher Arsenault / TSM

Whether it’s homemade, or at an authentic Portuguese restaurant, we know quality Portuguese food here on the Southcoast. But you cannot mess with the traditional cuisine, so we’ve compiled a list of Portuguese food commandments so you can avoid any sacrilegious embarrassments.


1

Thou shall not order a Portuguese steak without an egg

If you do, congrats – you just ordered a really thin steak
 
 
 
2

Thou shall eat the one red pepper that comes with the Portuguese meal, or thou is not truly Portuguese

 
 
 
3

Thou shall have at least 3 starches on your plate, or you’re not doing it right

Rice, Roasted Potatoes, Fries
 
 
 
4

Thou shall ONLY eat round fries

 
 
 
5

Thou shall only use mustard for a condiment with linguiça

 
 
 
6

Thou shall never complain about sodium – salt shall runneth over

 
 
 
7

Thou shall never refer to a carne de espeto as a giant Shish Kabob

Thou shall also need to know how to pronounce it properly to order, or else go hungry
 
 
 
8

Thou shall enjoy Madeira wine year round, not just at the feast

 
 
 
9

Thou shall not marinate meat for less than 48 hours

 
 
 
10

Thou shall know the difference between malassadas and fried dough

 
 
 

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