Portuguese Egg Tarts or Pastel de nata is pretty famous for its taste and texture so it does not surprise us in the least that people will want to serve them in their restaurants or in their events.
Most food nuts will agree that Portuguese Egg Tarts have their roots in Lisbon in the Jeronimos Monastery—rather an odd place for something so delicious. This is because the monks that inhabited this place used copious amounts of egg white in order to starch their clothes. This meant that there was A LOT of egg yolk left over.
Catholics were pretty much “waste not, want not” in their beliefs so the egg yolks, once separated from their whites, were used for other things like cakes or the meals. They generally kept their recipes to themselves until shortly after 1820 where the monasteries had to find an alternative source of income (as they were no longer supported by the state or by the people around them).
We can probably say that this was a lucky break for egg tart lovers all over the world. Because the monks could not sustain their production but built a pretty loyal fan base for their tarts, they sold the recipe to the people who would eventually open up one of the best pastry shops in the world.
When and Where to Serve
There has been some concern over people who wanted to serve egg tarts in their establishments. Here are some of the concerns that we’ve come across:
- Is it a dessert?
- It is an acceptable appetizer?
- How should it be priced?
- How acceptable is it for events?
Portuguese egg tarts kind of require a lot of egg yolks so people may consider them a bit on the pricey side to make. However, there is no beating the flavor that you get from them. So here are a few tips about these world famous egg tarts:
It can make a good breakfast
So for establishments that serve breakfast, a Portuguese egg tart can be a filling breakfast.
Egg tarts are primarily desserts
The creamy custard center is ideal for those who are wrapping up a meal.
In The End
Portuguese egg tarts are a great way to add a lot of flavor to your menu. Any self-confessed foodie will tell you that it’s quite hard to obtain the authentic flavor and really fulfilling flaky shell. So if you’re planning on adding this to your menu, you may want to take a visit to Hong Kong to get a taste of something authentic before you try your own spin on it.
Would you consider adding Portuguese Egg Tarts to your own menus?