Authentic Portuguese sweets made by a Portuguese pastry chef at Castella do Paulo close to Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
Do you know the Japanese sweet castella? It’s a sweet whose name sounds Portuguese, and it’s, in fact, something that Portuguese missionaries brought to Japan. But this happened hundreds of years ago, so the present Japanese castella is not quite like the sweets that you can find in Portugal.
This is where Paulo Duarte comes into the picture. He is a Portuguese pastry chef who trained in Nagasaki, then opened a pastry shop specializing in castella in the original home of the sweet, Portugal. But after this, he decided to head back to Japan, to the historic ancient capital city of Kyoto.
Many Japanese shrines are known for the sweets that are sold close to them. Right now, Kitano Tenmangu Shrine is famous for its Chogoro-mochi, which was the favored by the famous daimyo Toyotomi Hideyoshi. So maybe in a few hundred years, Kitano Tenmangu Shrine will instead be known for its castella?
Cultural medley menu
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This set of three types of Pao-de-lo and one piece of Japanese castella lets you taste the taste trip through the long history of castella, from its Portuguese origins to its present Japanese taste. To describe the difference between these offerings shortly, the Portuguese varieties are creamier than the Japanese castella, but the Japanese castella has a more refined taste.
Pastel de nata and café latte
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This set of a Portuguese egg pastry and café latte in Portuguese style is something that packs a lot of punch. The tastes are very strong, so you don’t need to eat a lot to be left satisfied.
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Pudin de gema
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This pudding uses egg yolks and an ample amount of sugar to make it a thick, sweet, and soft dessert you shouldn’t miss at Castella do Paulo.
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You can also buy things to go at Castella do Paulo! They have all kinds of things on sale, like premium quality castella, egg tarts, and pudin de gema.