Bifana

bifana

What is a bifana?

The bifana is one of the dishes it serves, hot and with a subtle hint of spice. Well, sometimes not quite subtle. So you never really know what’s coming out of the bifana pan, other than sauce dripping meat chunks that lay perfectly in that simple bread roll.

What is the story of Befana?

In Italian folklore, Befana is an old soot-covered woman or witch who delivers presents to Italian children on the night before La Befana (Epiphany Eve). The story goes that on their way to see the infant Jesus, the Magi stopped to ask Befana for directions and asked her to join them.

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!

Where are the best bifanas in Lisbon?

Vying with the Casa das Bifanas for the title of the best bifanas in Lisbon is Café Beira Gare (it’s their house specialty), found across the street from the entrance to the beautiful Rossio Station (and a short, three-minute walk from the Casa das Bifanas).

What is a bifana in Lisbon?

Bifana: the humble king of Lisbon’s street food scene. 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!

What does Befana stand for?

In Italian folklore, the Befana ( pronounced [beˈfaːna]) is an old woman who delivers gifts to children throughout Italy on Epiphany Eve (the night of January 5) in a similar way to Santa Claus or the Three Magi Kings. A popular belief is that her name derives from the Feast of Epiphany ( Italian: Festa dellEpifania ).

Why does the Befana visit the children of Italy on Epiphany?

In popular folklore, the Befana visits all the children of Italy on the eve of the Feast of the Epiphany to fill their socks with candy and presents if they are good, or a lump of coal or dark candy if they are bad. In many poorer parts of Italy and in particular rural Sicily, a stick in a stocking was placed instead of coal.

Is Befana the daughter of Strenia?

Some suggest that Befana is descended from the Sabine/Roman goddess named Strenia. In popular folklore Befana visits all the children of Italy on the eve of the Feast of the Epiphany to fill their socks with candy and presents if they are good, or a lump of coal or dark candy if they are bad.

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.

What is the difference between bifana and Prego?

The bifana is made with pork, while the prego is made with beef. They are served on fresh bread that’s soft, with a bit of a floured crust that holds the juices in.

Where to eat bifanas in Portugal?

Conga – Casa das Bifanas 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.

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