Brazilian cuisine is a delightful mix of Portuguese, Indian, African and even Arabic flavours. Dishes vary from one region to another, which serves as the perfect excuse to explore and experience as many of them as possible.
Some Brazilian specialities that will give you a great introduction to the food are :
- Feijoada: one of Brazil´s most typical dishes. This incredibly popular bean and meat stew is normally enjoyed on Saturdays.
- Virada a paulista: a purée of beans served with rice, collard greens, pork chops and deep-fried plantain.
- Carne do sol: a dish of salted beef typical of the Northeast region.
- Farofa: toasted manioc flour normally sprinkled over meat.
- Moqueca de Peixe: fish stew cooked with coconut milk, onion, garlic, cilantro and tomatoes.
- Empadão: a large pie stuffed with shrimp, meat or vegetables.
- Cuscus: Brazilian couscous has nothing to do with Moroccan couscous. This dish is a cornmeal cake, stuffed with shrimp and sardines.
- Vatapá: a rich dish made from shrimp, coconut milk, bread, ginger, peanuts and other spices.
- Barreado: slow-cooked meat stew from Paraná.
- Pudim: a sweet, milky dessert .
- Pé de Moleque: a nougat-like treat with peanuts and caramel. You will see many street stalls in Paraty and El Salvador selling them.
- Romeo e Julieta: white cheese served with a sweet guava pulp.