Travels: Where to Find the Best Dessert? (Part 2)

Gula Melaka in Malacca

Made of palm sugar and coconut milk, you won’t find this dessert anywhere else but in Malacca in Malaysia. This city is situated in the southern part of the country and it is famous for its excellent cuisine. Also known as sago gula Malacca, you can find this dessert at almost any restaurant, especially in Malacca, or you can simply prepare it at home.

Waffles in Ghent

A precise way to make a distinction between locals and tourists in Belgium is by the way they eat their waffles. Belgians would never order heavy cream or chocolate with their waffles (fruit may be an exception) – Belgian or Brussels waffles are eaten only with the addition of butter and powdered sugar. The most popular bakery in the romantic Ghent is Establishment Max, managed by the same family for over 120 years.

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Pastel de Nata in Lisbon

With every bite of a Portuguese delight comes a bit of history as well. Arabs introduced the Portuguese with sugar and since the Middle Ages there is a very popular dessert – the doces conventualis, literally meaning ‘convent cookies’. The most famous among them were pastel de nata, creamy cakes with an egg base. Since 1837, the Antiga Confeitaria de Belem makes the best pastel de nata. These doughy baskets are filled with cream and baked at 200˚C. To get the perfect gold crust and the special taste, a small amount of cinnamon is added.

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