Dating back to the time when Portugal dominated global discovery, Tripas à Moda do Porto, or Tripe Stew, is a hearty white bean stew, seasoned with cumin and paprika, and comprised of several types of meats. What typical meats are included? Typical ingredients can include: shredded chicken, bacon, pig ear, chopped ham, veal shank, blood sausage and the much ballyhooed pork (or veal) tripe. Each recipe is different, and the locals take pride in their recipe, typically passed down from generation to generation.
Offal features in a number of European dishes, and Porto’s Tripas, borne from the need to provide rations for hard-working sailors and discovers, highlights the industrious nature of the historical Portuguese. In stocking ships for a discovery voyage, locals needed to use every part of the animals they prepared. Out of necessity, they created the recipe, and it was so well-received that people from Porto are now known as ‘tripeiros’ or ‘tripe eaters’.
Tripas à Moda do Porto typically takes several hours to prepare, and while the restaurants serving Tripas in Porto take great pride in their recipes, it is almost impossible for most local restaurants to serve the dish daily. Most have it available on selected days, and the quality available typically indicates that it was worth the wait!
So ask yourself: Do you have the stomach to dig into this historical delicacy?