The Portuguese tart has an interesting history. Back in the 1700s, it was common practice for monks and nuns to starch their clothing with egg whites. Rather than waste the yolks, they turned them into various cakes and pastries. Jerónimos Monastery in Lisbon got inventive and turned their yolks into pastéis de nata ("cream cakes").

When Jerónimos fell onto hard times, it and its popular recipe were sold to the local sugar refinery. The refinery opened a cafe, Pastéis de Belém, just to flog the tarts. It's still there today, owned by the same family. There are daily queues.

Of course, none of this will seem relevant or interesting when a few of the flaky, eggy, cinnamon- and icing sugar-sprinkled tarts get within your reaching distance. Head to Sydney's own Little Portugal (Petersham) to find the highest concentration – Gloria's and Sweet Belem are right across the road from each other.

Gloria’s Portuguese Restaurant

It's been kicking since 1988.

82 Audley Street 2049, Petersham

Sweet Belem

The head chef has been working with pastry since he was 14.

35 B New Canterbury Road, Petersham

Bibo Wine Bar

Finish your meal with a tart from Sweet Belem, which has the same owner as Bibo.

7 Bay Street, Double Bay

Village on Cloey

Tarts made to a 30-year-old recipe.

231 Clovelly Road, Clovelly
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