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Porto - Francesinha Cooking Class -   The Iconic Dish of Porto

Francesinha Cooking Class - The Iconic Dish of Porto

(40 reviews)
City Center, Porto, Portugal
45 mins

About the tour

In my city there's an iconic dish, a real crowd pleaser. An opulent, hot, meat and cheese sandwich, covered in a delicious sauce, which everyone has to try when visiting Porto: the famous "Francesinha"! In this cooking class we'll go far and beyond, offering an opportunity that not even the locals have, as the most reputed brewery restaurant of the city opens its kitchen exclusively, just for us. What a unique privilege. Together, we'll learn the history and secrets behind this local delicacy, as we cook one, live. Are you already mouth watering?! Ingredients Sandwich: 2 slices of good form bread 2 fresh "linguiça" (grilled) 2 fresh sausage (grilled) 1 slice smoked ham 1 slice sweet pork ham 1 slice of "salpicão" 6 slices of edam cheese ¼ inch thick grilled beef steak Sauce: (if you want to cook live with us, prepare the sauce in advance, as it has to simmer for about 2 hours). ¼ cup milk 1 tablespoon corn starch 12 ounces beer 2 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons tomato paste ¼ cup Port wine 1 beef stock cube 1 bay leaf salt and pepper to taste Optional: Sunny fried egg on top French fries, on the side Instructions: 1) Preheat the oven to very hot (250°C | 480F°). 2) In a small bowl, dissolve the corn starch in 2 tablespoons of the milk. Stir to make certain there are no lumps and set aside. 3) In a sauce pan melt the butter on medium low heat. Add in the tomato paste and stir well. Pour in the rest of the milk, beer, Port, and add in the bay leaf and beef stock. Increase the heat to medium high and bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Turn off the heat and discard the bay leaf. Stir the corn starch and milk mixture again and add it to the sauce, stirring well. Set aside. 4) Assemble the sandwich. 5) Place the dish into the preheated oven and allow the cheese to melt, about 5-10 minutes. 6) Remove the Francesinha from the oven and pour the very warm sauce on top, generously. Ready to enjoy!

Meet your local guide

Sara Mello

Sara has being working in Tourism since 2007 and became a Certified Guide in 2018. After working as a Lawyer, Economics teacher, Musical Public Relations and in the Port Wine Cellars, she found her true calling in Professional Guiding. And didn't hesitate to change her life to follow her heart and reach that goal! A passionate traveller herself, she gathered all of this vast professional experience to give a different twist and create city tours she would like to be part of! Living in Porto forever, you'll see the city in the perspective of a true local, that finds personal memories in every story, sight, colour or smell of this city she embraced as hers. She wants to take you by the hand and make you fall in love with this ancient UNESCO World Heritage gem. Meet its proud people and unique soul: after all, the city that gave Portugal its name!

Sara Mello has been guiding since Jan 2018

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We're travelling to Porto with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you'll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing guide.

The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from Porto. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your guide and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to book and join, but you have the option to tip the guide during the tour.

Leaving a tip will help support the guides and allow us to offer tours in more places around the world. If you aren't able to leave a tip, then it would be great if you can share the tour with friends and family to spread the word.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

Ashley M.

04 April 2021

Thank you Sara, for a fun cooking class! You’re awesome and I can’t wait to try a Francesinha in Porto!

Linda B.

01 April 2021

My first time and I didn't know this amazing dish. OMG 👏

Francis M.

01 April 2021

What a marvelous recipe. Thank you Sara and Orlando for it.

Anna S.

01 April 2021


Marilyn J.

01 April 2021

Very enjoyable and tasty cooking class! Really need to visit the Restaurant and Porto! Thank you.

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