Foods of Brasil

So as we are nearing our departure date, thought it may be helpful to provide our top food and beverage in Brasil (and a few comments on our least fav too!).

Prior to coming here I had visions of beans, beans and more beans. Oh a little rice to mop it all up. Well, I was kinda right but there is a whole lot more to this terrific countries table… my personal top 10:

10. Coxinha de Frango.
Drink Cachaca, wait 12 hours, get really hungover, then enjoy the delight of one of these. Mixed chicken in the middle, covered by a smooth covering of mash potato, covered in bread crumbs, deep fired all in the shape of a scrumptious little cone. All at the going rate of R$4 … bargain!!!

bacaninha_coxinha_frango

9. Carpaccio de Carne (as a starter).
Raw beef, sliced finely, on top of mini toasted bread, maybe a little Rucula, parmesan, capers and a sauce of mixed herbs and good olive oil… and I even convince myself it is healthy!

carpaccio

8. Mini Hamburgers.
The perfect late nite treat. Hamburgers the size of mouthfills with all the layers, meat pattie, cheese, tomato sauce, mustard and a wee gherkin! This is civilised!
hamburg

7. Farofa.
Flour with curry powder and cooked Bacon to go on top of the Fejao. I know this one is a little strange, and I was very sceptical of the sawdust material that kept landing on my beans and rice, until I tried Farofa made by our wonderful lady who helped in our house “Nice”. Now I get cravings for it!!!!

farofa

6. Chimichurri and Picanha.
So we all know the beef is amazing in Argentina and Brasil, but try some of this magic sauce and it is mindblowing. Tastebuds, time to engage! It is finely chopped onion, herbs, garlic, ginger, vinegarette and a little olive oil.

chimichurri

5. Doce de Leite .
Ok, so its Argentinean, so it knows its good, but this time it really is! Its basically liquid caramel to be had on tabioca pancakes, rice, bread, chocolate, ice cream, spoons, fingers etc ….

doce-de-leite

4. Pao de Quiejo.
Literally, cheese bread. I call them little pillows of yumminess! Mandioc flour with cheese, about the size of a squash ball… The staple for breakfast. Truth be known there may have been a few fights in our house over the last one.
pao_queijo

3. Bananas.
So many varieties, so little time..

Bananas

2. Polenta Frita com Quejio.
Aaghh… first nite memories from the bar literally downstairs from us which have now become a staple at any drinking session. Definitely one I will be cooking at home!
polenta frita

1. Acai.
WOW!!!!! The best discovery here. Enjoy with granola, banana, honey … you cant go wrong!

acai


Greg is also keen that I put in the following “highly recommended” foods:

Corn at the beach
Taken off the cob, kernels in a plastic cup with lashings of butter, salt and pepper and a spoon….
Quiejo stick
Like Hullomi, but not as sharp, on a skewer, BBQ’d. Also at the beach!
Pao na Chapa
Very simple. A super fresh french baguette, smothering of butter (or olive oil) on a hot grill squashed …
Pão na chapa 1
Sanduiche com Mortadella
You can buy them by the gram … Greg goes for the 500g option (yes, 500g of grilled, hot, Mortadella), am afraid I was too scarred by Luncheon meat in my youth to have been tempted.

sanduiche-blog

On a personal note, there are a couple of foods that I was happy to avoid in Brasil:

– Fejoida Heavy. This is the “traditional” Brasilian feast served every Wednesday and Saturday. Basically, it is cuts of every “animal type” imagineable. Yes we are talking lips, tongues, gullets, eek, eek. Fejoida light, now that’s a different story: good cuts of meat and sausage with beans, rice, grilled banana, pork chop, kobe, farofa… Happiness is….
– Cheese. Errrrghhh…. Generally it was awful. Avoid.
– Olives, hmmm … the less said the better
– Pizza. Often too reliant on cheese and olives.
– Fresh white fish in Sao Paulo. Frozen, overpriced …. Even at the top restaurants
– Curries. Wrong continent.

– Bachalau!!!! What the hell ????? Are you kidding me? Fish from the North Seas, salted and dried, then covered in oil and cheese (refer note above) to make it taste good. The Portuguese ate this 300 years ago because refrigerators did not exist, there is no need to keep going with this insane tradition!!!

DRINKS OF BRASIL

5. Cold Coconut Juice (fresh from the Coconut).
If you are going for a run or had the runs – this is highly recommended. Guaranteed to help any “digestive problems” shall we say whilst being really refreshing. Don’t be shy and ask for the coconut to be cut open after drinking so you can scoop out the flesh.
IMG_0286

4. Chopp.
We are talking beer. It has to be 200ml, ice cold (minus 4 degrees is perfect) with a head the same size of the volume of beer. In my country, this would constitute a free beer or getting punched for trying to fleece a customer, but not in Brasil.
brahma_chopp

3. Abacaxi com Hortela Suco.
Pineapple juice with a sprinkle of mint, there is nothing more refreshing!
abacaxi+com+hortel%C3%A3

2. Suco de Caju.
The juice from the fruit that surrounds a cashew nut… quite sweet, but when mixed with the right amount of crushed ice, a little lime, just devine.
caju

1. Caipiroska com Maracuja.
Vodka with Passionfruit juice, I may have had a few of these in the last 18 months. Its amazing how well these can make you samba, sing, speak Portuguese etc ….
Caipirinha-de-maracujá-Casa-da-Feijoada-Ipanema-Rio-de-Janeiro-2-Resolução-do-desktop-500x375

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10 Responses to Foods of Brasil

  1. Eduardo Piloni says:

    Man… I must say: You know what ure talking about!!! ahahah…

    As a brazilian living overseas I almost drooled over my keyboard seeing your list of must-eat/drink brazilian dishes.

    Although I missed some few dishes on the list, I do not blame you, Brazil is so big and the diversity of regional food is so rich that it would be impossible for me to even try to list a top-10. Well, north-east famous sundried beef on butter with cassava, or Feijoada, the most famous culture-defining dish are definitely missing. =)

    Good work!

  2. James says:

    i lived in brasil for 6 months two years ago and seeing this list brings back sooo many memories associated with these great foods/drinks. Acai topping the list of things i miss haha and im sure this is the same for most who visit brasil. One thing i defiantly would have put on the list r those (cant remember the portuguese name) little peanut butter sweets that just crumble in your mouth mmmmmmmm sooo good. Not your ideal country if you live gluten free :D.
    saudade

  3. says:

    You gotta learn how to spell “queijo” (cheese), among other things (“bachalau” (sic)? I don’t think so)…
    And Brazilian pizza is the best in the world.

  4. […] coffee, I see a woman putting her breakfast on her card. The standard breakfast being coffee and pão na chapa. I don’t put small amounts on my card because of the charges to the shop owner, but a […]

  5. esteptravel says:

    I have been in and out of Brazil over the last few years and I can count the number of good meals that I have had on one hand. Any suggestions on places to eat in Rio, Macae, or Vitoria? Really enjoy the blog.

    • Carolina says:

      Hey, esteptravel, there is this company called Brasilanea and they have some amazing and helpful tips at foursquare about good places to eat at Rio 😉

  6. Lucilene says:

    I am Brazilian and my favorite dish EVERRRRR is bacalhoada made with cod salt fish (bacalhau), potato, tomato, onions, garlic, olives, chopped parsley, and a lot of olive oil. There is nothing better than that. You probably tried a bad receipt.

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