Thursday, May 29, 2008

Frango da Guia

Last time hubby and I were in Portugal we made the trip to Guia (a village near Albufeira) to eat traditional piri piri frango da Guia. We don't have the time to drive all the way to Guia during this trip, so we headed down to the local restaurant that specializes in this dish. Frango da Guia, roasted spicy chicken, is one of my faaaavorite Portuguese dishes. The secret behind this delicious meal lies in the use of very small chickens and spicy piri piri sauce.
The chicken is served up with a salad of tomatoes and onions. The big delicious local green tomatoes are so juicy!
The french fries are made from fresh potatoes and are hand cut.
The Portuguese explorers were the first Europeans to visit Japan in the 15th Century. Thus many Japanese words have originated from Portuguese including the word Piri-Piri. In Portugal piri-piri is a spicy seasoning of crushed red chillies. In Japanese you say something is ピリピリ(piri piri) when its spicy!

Here are some other Japanese words that originated from Portuguese.
Tempura <てんぷら> tempero, temperar (to season)
Miira <ミイラ > Mirra (mummy)
Koppu <コップ> copo (cup)
Buranko <ブランコ> balanço (swings)
...and there are many more. Check out this wiki page with a list of more Portuguese originated Japanese words. Very interesting.

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VeggieGirl said...

Looks like you had another great meal while on your trip!!

Wow, that IS interesting about all of the Portuguese-originated Japanese words.

lovecokate said...

YUMMMMMMMMMMm i need to go!

That Girl said...

Why are European french fries so much better than American fries? Looking at those fries reminded me of the amazing fries I ate all over Europe, and ones here just don't compare.

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Franguinho da Guia is the best! I roasted chicken like this almost every week. I hope you ate it with your hands, that's the proper way!

::Christine:: said...

My mouth is watering!! Yummy!!

Daziano said...

WOW!!! I had no idea about the Portuguese influence on Japanese... very very interesting!!!

Sophie said...

That's really neat! Thanks for sharing that info, I had no idea. :)

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