It's thick, slightly bubbly, very sweet and despite its phlegmy colour and texture incredibly delicious! The Portuguese sure knew what they were onto when they put Baba de Camelo (camel's drool, camel's spit or camel's dribble) onto their dessert menus!
Ok, before you gag and get a sick bag ready it's not really coughed up by a camel! (Yes, even I have limits!)
Baba de Camelo is a popular Portuguese dessert that's made from cooked down condensed milk and egg yolks, folded into beaten egg whites (which are responsible for its frothy texture). Despite its rather unappealing name, this is one of those times when being adventurous with your menu choice actually results in a pleasant outcome :)
I had my first taste of this dessert in Porto three years ago but hadn't caught its name. So I was very happy to see another bowl land up on my table after a particularly delicious lunch last week in the little village of Alcochete, located opposite the Tagus river from Lisbon.
You can find the recipe and directions to recreate your own pot of camel's drool at Petit Chef. If you have a sweet tooth, don't hesitate to order it if you find it on the menu in Portugal.
PS: Although, I admit I might have been a little more hesitant to try it had it been on a menu in the Middle East ;)
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