Take a gastronomic odyssey through Brazil .
By: Supplied by Embratur (Brazilian Agency for International Tourism Promotion)
Gastronomy in the Americas is strongly linked to the populations that settled here, bringing habits, needs, food varieties, seasonings, recipes, beliefs and taboos. Brazilian cuisine, therefore, is the result of Portuguese, African and indigenous influences. Added to that cultural diversity are the immigrants who settled there (Italians, Germans, Japanese, Spaniards, Arabs, Swiss and others).
Thus, Brazilian cuisine results from a mixture of European ingredients and indigenous and African peoples. Many of the preparation techniques and inputs are of indigenous origin, having been adapted by the Portuguese and, above all, by populations of African origin.
As you read this, you will be transported to the vibrant, colorful and tasteful food scene of Brazil, going deep into the great number of flavours this captivating country has to offer.
From the start, you will be delighted with feijoada, a vibrant medley of sausages, pork and beef, simmered to perfection with spices and served with rice, collard greens and farofa (toasted cassava flours). This familiar hearty black bean stew is one out of many Brazilian national treasures.
As it follows, the northeastern state of Bahia brings moqueca to the table, a fragrant fish stew enriched with coconut milk, dendê oil (palm oil), onions, tomatoes, garlic and cilantro. Seafood, such as prawns and fish, swim harmoniously in the flavourful broth, tantalizing taste buds with every spoonful.
No culinary journey in Brazil is complete without savouring the country’s iconic churrasco: slow cooked over an open flame, skewered cuts of succulent meat, including picanha (top sirloin cap), lamb and sausage, create a carnivore’s paradise, complemented by farofa, vinaigrette and chimichurri sauce.
Notwithstanding, coming from the vibrant streets of Bahia, acarajé is an important representative of Afro-Brazilian heritage. These deep-fried black-eyed pea patties are filled with vatapá (a spicy paste of shrimp, nuts and spices) and caruru (okra stew), adding a burst of flavours and textures.
Speaking of good snacks, from the state of Minas Gerais, the delightful Pão de Queijo is a beloved gluten-free snack made from cassava flour and cheese. These little rolls are best enjoyed with coffee or as a quick, cheesy bite on the go.
In addition to this list, coxinha is a popular Brazilian snack shaped like a chicken drumstick and filled with shredded chicken and cream cheese. The deep-fried delight is perfect finger food for any occasion, especially when you’re planning your birthday party.
On the sweeter side, brigadeiro takes centre stage as Brazil’s iconic chocolate truffle. Made from condensed milk, cocoa powder and butter and coated in chocolate sprinkles, these luscious treats are a staple at celebrations and gatherings.
The adventure continues through the Amazonian Açaí bowl, showcasing the healthful benefits of these tasteful and unique berries. As one of many options, açaí can be tasted with granola, banana slices, and guarana syrup, offering a refreshing and nutritious experience.
The state of Espírito Santo brings the delighted Bobó de Camarão, a creamy shrimp stew made with cassava purée, coconut milk, palm oil, tomatoes, and onions, offering a delectable taste of coastal Brazil.
At last, toast the culinary adventure, indulge in Brazil’s iconic cocktail, Caipirinha. Made with cachaça, lime, sugar, and ice, this refreshing concoction embodies the spirit of Brazil’s vibrant and lively culture.
With these wonderful options, a little bit of Brazil will be in the centre of your attention and taste.