Pastéis de Belém is a heavenly pastry that slightly reminds me of the Filipino eggpie. Ergo, I like it.
Its origins, according to Lonely Planet, stretches back to an early 19th-century sugarcane refinery next to Jeronimos Monastery in Belém, Lisbon.
There was a liberal revolution that took place in Portugal and which shut monasteries in the early 1800s. The monks had nowhere to go and needed to survive. Inspired by their old neighbor, the sugarcane refinery, they came up with a pastry, Pasteis de Belém.
I wonder if this revolution was also the reason that a monk came up with the alcoholic drink called ginjinha?
Anyway, we ate the pastry in this beautiful coffee shop called Cultura Portuguesa Café at Escolas Gerais No. 7 in Lisbon.