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Portuguese cuisine is the result of many Mediterranean influences. It is best known for seafood. A wide variety of spices are used which give the Portuguese cuisine its distinct taste.   These spices include piri piri (small, fiery chillies) and black peppercorns, as well as cinnamon, vanilla and saffron. Olive oil forms the basis of Portuguese cuisine, which is used both for cooking and flavouring meals. Garlic, and herbs like bay leaf and parsley are used in plenty.


Portugal formerly had a large empire and its cuisine was not only influenced by others but it also left its influence on other cuisines such as Brazilian cuisine, which offers its own versions of Portuguese dishes, such as feijoada and caldeirada (fish stew). Other Portuguese influences can be seen in the Chinese territory of Macau (Macanese cuisine) and in the Indian state of Goa where dishes such as vindalho (a spicy curry also called vindaloo), show the use of vinegar and garlic.

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