Do you know what prego sauce is?

The first time we went together to South Africa we did something different: we stayed at a friend’s house instead of a hotel/hostel. We were so well received by our Indians friends. We talked, exchanged experiences, compared Portugal, Angola & South Africa. We had a really nice time. We ate way too much, I think we were almost rude… but the food was so good, too good to say no 🙂

Next day we had a Kruger National Park Safari booked and our friend Fazila made us a little lunch (Thanks Fazila. Thank you Auntie) I noticed some Lays Chips with prego sauce…

Lays Prego Sauce
Lays Prego Sauce

 

And the conversation went :

Jorge: what is prego sauce?

Everyone: … !?!?

Jorge: These chips are “Prego Sauce” flavored…?

Everyone: … ?!?! what?

Finally, Fazila says something like: it’s the Portuguese dish/flavor prego…

Claudia looked at me as confused as I was… and went also… “prego sauce?” and thinking the same as I, prego doesn’t have any special sauce, neither is any kind of specialty…

Well, the chips are nice, a bit too spicy for my taste, but had good, strong flavor… just don’t seem Portuguese or taste like a Portuguese prego at all… I’m Portuguese I should know.

Prego no pão
This is a Portuguese prego… no prego sauce, as you can see…

In Portugal prego is a flanked beef grilled or fried in butter, usually served in “Paposeco” bread. The meat is usually seasoned with bay leaves, salt, garlic and a bit of pepper but is prepared without any kind of sauce.

The thing is, apparently there is a South African sauce based on a Portuguese “prego sauce”, but prego sauce doesn’t really exist. There are pregos in Portugal, but they don’t have a sauce. And most surely don’t taste like the South African sauce… It’s funny how time and distance change things, how something supposedly typical from one place becomes nothing like the original. Not worse, neither better just transformed.

Lays were pretty good though 🙂

So, what do you guys think? Any South Africans or Portuguese have a follow-up on this?

7 thoughts on “Do you know what prego sauce is?”

  1. Prego is an American tomato pasta sauce brand. Often used as a prop in a terrible Facebook pregnancy announcement photo (because “prego” is slang for pregnant there.)

  2. Really?! Prego sauce? This is hilarious!
    The main problem is that it doesn’t taste like a prego at all from what I understood.
    I like my pregos without sauce. And I’ll keep them like that

  3. I just love the prego sauce with the prego roll, but I only know the South African version 🙂 But it’s true that some things are called the same but are different in different countries.

  4. Maybe someone should explain to him that it is Prego Sauce from the way the meat is cooked it is the sauce that comes off of the cooking of the meat that’s what it is for goodness sake get really will he???

    • The “sauce” that comes out of a prego isn’t any special (not a sauce per se) and is different from the chips sauce.
      But even if that was it, the point would stand… Time and distance change things. The typical Portuguese prego in Portugal, doesn’t taste at all like the sauce of chips. I should try a prego in South Africa

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