It seems that the typical Aveirense tongue is a sweet one. Alongside Ovos Moles, there’s the fabulous tripas to tempt the tastebuds. Tripas in Aveiro are not the same as the ones the people of Porto lap up. No, they’re quite the opposite. In Porto tripas are tripe, served in a similar way to the tripe in the UK. But in Aveiro, they’re a crêpe-like taste sensation, filled with just about any condiment, chocolate brand or sauce you like.
Tripas are made of pancake batter, but flattened on a waffle iron before being filled or topped with your choice from the menu – so whether you’re a fan of After Eight chocolate, Lion bars, icecream in a plethora of flavours or something a little more savoury like tuna and cheese, there’s definitely a tripa for you. They’re a great afternoon snack or a light dinner when you’ve eaten too much at lunchtime!
To make tripas, just follow this recipe:
- 3 eggs
- 250 g of flour
- 500 ml of cold milk
- 125 g of sugar
- 60 g unsalted butter
- a pinch of salt
- your chosen topping/filling
- Mix the eggs and flour together.
- When the mixture is smooth, slowly add the milk and stir continuously.
- Add the sugar, melted butter and a pinch of salt.
- Leave the batter to rest for 30 minutes then grease a waffle iron (or similar) and slowly add the batter in a circular format. Once lightly browned on both sides, add the filling to the centre, then fold into a square shape, as if wrapping a present. Add a topping and serve. A sprinkle of cinnamon is always a good idea.
My favourite place for tripas in Aveiro is on the canal, overlooking the moliceiro boats. It’s a small place called Tê Zero and you can smell it before you get near the door – yes, it’s that good!
Recipe translated from the Aveiro Lovers website which promotes the best of Aveiro. Their Facebook page has some great links, photos and the latest events in Aveiro. it’s worth checking it out if you’re in town.
Images from Alimentavida17 and Cocò Na Fralda blogs.