100 Things to Try When You Come to Brazil PART 2

Crystallized Fruit Sweets (image from www.maria-brazil.org)

Crystallized Fruit Sweets
(image from http://www.maria-brazil.org)

Last week I shared with you the first part of a list of 100 foods to try when you visit Brazil. This list was originally posted on O Onivore’s and I absolutely love this list. But, as I went through it I noticed some of my favorite foods were missing; there were foods missing from the list that I rave about to friends and family and which I thought just HAD TO be on a list of what to try when you come to Brazil. So, what did I do? I edited this list and added foods that I want all of my friends and family to try when they come to Brazil!

When traveling around Brazil you do need to remember that Brazil is a country full of many, many, many delicious foods and to shrink these tasty foods down into one list of only 100 is a challenge and really can’t quite be done. Wherever you are in Brazil there will be different regional foods that you MUST try. This list is just an attempt to select the best from all over the country. Not having travelled all over Brazil I definitely cannot do all of the regional foods justice.

My simple goal is to help you learn a little bit more about what the MUST HAVE foods are in Brazil. And hopefully over time I will learn to make the majority of foods on this list!

OK, here goes, PART TWO of 100 things to try when you come to Brazil!

51. Espresso/café com leite/media Go to a padaria (bakery) and order espresso, coffee with milk, or media which is half coffee half milk. Brazil is known for their coffee and you can’t miss out when here!
52. Quindim A popular dessert made of egg yolk, sugar, and ground coconut. This is one of MANY egg yolk desserts you can find in Brazil.
53. Sorvete de milho Sweet corn ice cream. Best when it is a popsicle!
54. Bolinho de chuva Literally translated “little rain balls.” This is a deep fried dough sprinkled with icing sugar.
55. Caruru Common in Bahia this is made from okra, onion, shrimp, palm oil, and toasted nuts.
56. Frango com quiabo This is chicken with okra.
57. Leitão á pururuca A suckling pig. Called pururuca because the skin is all crackly!
58. Canjica doce Sweet corn pudding with milk and peanuts.  Delicious.  Often served in the June festivals — festas juninhos – or to new mothers.
59. Pinhão A nut from the Araucária tree. Delicious to eat right after they have been boiled!
60. Vinho quente Warm red wine. Common during the June festivals – festos juninhos.
61. Choppe Beer. Simple beer served at a bar. Ask for claro (light) or escuro (dark).
62. Cachaça artesanal de qualidade Artisan quality cachaça. Cachaça is sugar cane liquor!
63. Moqueca A fish stew made from the north of Brazil, Espirito Santo and Bahia. Made with fish, tomato, garlic, onions, and cilantro. Some recipes use coconut milk! One of the best seafood stews you can get.
64. Mandioca frita Fried yucca/cassava.
65. Broa de fubá Small yellow corn bread, commonly eaten with coffee.
66. Requeijão cremoso No way to really explain this, accept that it is the Brazilian version of cream cheese (but it is NOTHING like cream cheese)
67. Queijo de Minas fresco Fresh cheese from Minas Gerais. It is sold in other parts of the country. White, soft, and mild in flavour!
68. Misto quente Simple sandwich, this is a grilled ham and cheese sandwich.
69. Doce de leite cremoso & em cubos Made from sweetened condensed milk this is sold in a creamy form or in cubes. You can find the ‘creamy’ doce de leite with bits of fruit in it, so delicious.
70. Tutu a Mineira A full meal, this comes with beans that are mixed with manioc flour and have a heavier consistency than the simple Brazilian beans, rice, collards, sausage, fried egg, deep-fried pork belly, and pork chop.
71. Brigadeiro A sweetened condensed milk and chocolate bonbon.
72. Acerola A small berry-like fruit with lots of vitamin C. Order suco de acerola (acerola juice) or for even more vitamin C try suco de acerola e laranja (acerola and orange juice).
73. Bobó de camarão A shrimp stew.
74. Pudim de leite condensado “Condensed milk pudding.” This is similar to flan but sweeter!
75. Manjar de coco A sweet coconut pudding.
76. Refigerante de Guaraná Antartica Guaraná soft drink!
77. Coxinha Potato pastry filled with chicken and deep fried. It is shaped into a chicken drumstickJ!
78. Caldo de mocotó Bone marrow broth.
79. Romeu e Julieta A slice of goiabada, guava jelly, and fresh cheese. This is commonly served as a dessert.
80. Chimarrão Very common in the south of Brazil. This is the maté tea drank from a gourd with a metal straw. Really great on cold days!
81. Bem Casado A small sweet snack usually sold wrapped in colored crepe paper. This is a doce de leite sponge sandwich!
82. Jabuticaba A deep purple grape-like fruit that grows on the trunk of the tree. You do not eat the skin, instead pop the gelatinous pit inside your mouth and eat it. Delicious and tons of fun to eat while picking off the tree!
83. Bolinho de Bacalhau Deep-fried cod balls. Great to eat by the ocean, for an appetizer, or with beer!
84. Beirute Usually a large sandwich made with pita bread, ham/roast beef/largato fatiado (eye of round), cheese, fried egg, lettuce, and tomato.
85. Caldinho de feijão Bean broth!
86. Milho assado Grilled corn. This is not the sweet sweet corn of the northern hemisphere. Instead is a little duller in color, has a harder consistency, and a milder sweet flavor. Very tasty when lounging on the beach.
87. Caju The fruit, not the nut!
88. Maracuja Passion fruit. Served in many different dishes, try this as a juice or mousse.
89. Americano The PERFECT lunch sandwich: ham, cheese, fried egg, lettuce, tomato, and lots of mayonnaise!
90. Pão na chapa Basically toasted bread! Commonly served at padarias and a perfect breakfast or afternoon snack. You can order it with butter!
91. Kibbe A Lebanese snack made with bulgar, onion, and usually ground beef. Very commonly eaten in São Paulo, and one of my personal favorites!
92. Batida Sweet fruit drink, this is made with fruit, sweetened condensed milk, and cachaça!
93. Croquete A savory snack, deep fried dough filled with meat!
94. Beijinho Sweetened condensed milk and coconut sweet. Delicious and excellent when craving a sweet snack.
95. Pão de batata com catupiry Potato bread filled with catupiry ( a soft cheese).
96. Doce crystalizada de frutas Crystallized fruit sweets. These are made with all fruits and even vegetables. All are delicious and worth trying, although they are very sweet. Here are my suggestions: coconut, coconut with passion fruit, red potato, pumpkin!
97. Queijandinha Sweet snack made of coconut, condensed milk, and egg!
98. Agua de coco This is the real thing when at the beach. Usually served in the green coconut itself, this keeps you hydrated and tastes wonderful on a warm day.
99. Picole de Abacate Avocado popsicle. Delicious to eat at the beach!
100. Bananada A banana sweet.

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Minhas Crônicas do Brasil “100 Brazilian Dishes – Part 2
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O Onívoro “100 pratos brasileiros para experimentar


100 Things to Try When You Come to Brazil PART 1

Brazilian Feijoada

(image from http://www.food52.com)

So, there is this list, a list of 100 things to try when you visit Brazil. This list has been posted on various blogs and was originally created with the idea that people would mark what they had all tried. It’s a great list and really has some MUST TRY foods on it. But, after going through it, I knew there were things that needed to be added and altered. So instead of following the rules I’m going to take this list and adapt it slightly.

When you visit Brazil you have to remember that this is a BIG country and some of the foods are very regional. Of this list I have probably tried half and am not even remotely close to trying the other half, partially because some of these dishes can only be found in specific regions of the country. Don’t go on a mad goose chase to try all of these foods when you visit Brazil. Trust me, there is so much good food here that whatever you manage to try from this list you will be satisfied with.

So here goes, part one of 100 Thing to Try When You Come to Brazil

1. Pão de Queijo Brazilian cheese bread – this can be found almost anywhere and is commonly eaten with coffee.
2. Doce de batata doce A sweetened potato purée/jam/jelly
3. Churrasco Brazilian style barbecue, or as it is sometimes referred to: eat meat until you pop!
4. Tapioca Made with manioc starch, these are usually cooked like tortillas.
5. Pizza assado no forno á lenha Pizza baked in a wood oven. Definitely order pizza one time in Brazil, especially in São Paulo. Some suggestions of which pizza’s to order: portuguesa (onions, boiled egg, ham, & olives), mozzarella (sliced tomato & basil), garlic (lots of crushed garlic, yum), calabresa (sausage).
6. Feijão tropeiro This is one of the many bean variations you find in Brazil. It is: beans mixed with manioc flour, fried pork belly, sausage, boiled eggs, garlic, onions, and seasoning.
7. Arroz carreteiro One variation of rice that you find in Brazil (again there are many variations), white rice, jerked beef, pepper, garlic, onion, and parsley.
8. Açaí na tigela Purée of açaí or açaí berries served in a bowl with granola. Really yummy!
9. Paçoca de amendoim A peanut sweet usually found in cylinder shape. Really yummy and a great accompaniment to an espresso.
10. Pato no tucupi A duck dish commonly found in the state of Pará in the north of Brazil. It is boiled duck in a yellow manioc sauce.
11. Baião de dois Rice, beans, sausage/bacon/jerked beef, and farofa mixed together to create one big pot of goodness.
12. Acarajé Street food served in Bahia. Made of feijão paste w/ all sorts of goodies and shrimp.
13. Pamonha Sweet corn paste wrapped in a corn lead and boiled.
14. Dobradinha Tripe stew.
15. Rapadura Mostly sold in fairs or street markets (feira), this is basically cubed cane sugar.
16. Farofa Coarse manioc flour fried with butter, onions, bacon/jerked beef, and parsley. Commonly served together with beans, stews, and at barbecues. Recipes vary!
17. Barreado Found on the coast or Parana, this is a bean based dished with cooked meats and accompanied with fruits, like apple and banana.
18. Pastel de feira A must try at the local street market. This is a rectangular pastry filled with any kind of filling you can imagine. It is deep fried. Some good fillings to try: cheese, pumpkin, meat, portuguesa.
19. Couve refogado com alho A very common side dish, this is thinly cut collard fried with olive oil, onions, and garlic.
20. Sanduíche de pernil A pork sandwich. Pernil is pork leg.
21. Palmito Hearts of palm. Eat these in a salad or just by themselves with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and salt.
22. Cappucino Your regular cappuccino but served with chocolate mixed in.
23. Camarão na moranga A shrimp stew served in a pumpkin.
24. Doce de abóbora Sweet pumpkin jam commonly eaten just on its own. Very yummy and serves as a delicious dessert.
25. Feijoada The national dish of Brazil, this is a bean stew with lots of varied meat. Feijoada is commonly served with rice, collard, farofa, and slices of orange.
26. Galinhada com pequi A chicken stew with pequi fruit. Pequi is a fruit that is popular in the center-west of Brazil.
27. Peixe na telha A baked fish dish.
28. Biscoito de polvilho Little biscuits that come in all shapes and sizes. These are made of manioc flour and are very light and just a little bit sour. Absolutely addicting.
29. Galinha á cabidela Common in the city of Recife this is a simple chicken dish that originated from Portugal.
30. Pão de mel com doce de leite Honey bread with doce de leite. Very tasty and commonly comes in small squares or rounds and is covered with chocolate.
31. Any fish baked in folha de bananeira Fish baked in banana leaf.
32. Queijo coalho nab rasa Usually sold at beaches, this is grilled cheese on a stick!
33. Curau Sweetened corn paste/pudding served with cinnamon.
34. Caldo de cana Sugar cane juice. Drink this with a pastel at the local street market; they are always close-by to each other.
35. Prato Feito This is a cheap lunch dish that comes with your choice of meat, rice, beans, collard, farofa, and fries.
36. Buchada de bode A typical dish from the northeast, it is made of Goat. It is the goats stomach stuffed with small pieces of the other internal organs, cooked with a leg bone of the goat for flavour (Thank you Mu for this).
37. Bolo de rolo Very thin pastry rolled with goiabada jelly, almost like a Swiss Roll. Really good with coffee or to finish off your breakfast with.
38. Chá mate gelado Chilled toasted mate. Go to the center of São Paulo to Rei do Maté and you can order chilled maté with your choice of fruit or other ingredients to be added. Some suggestions: maté com acerola, maté com leite e aveia (w/ milk & oats).
39. Rabada Oxtail stew.
39. Vaca atolada Literally, “stuck cow” this is a type of beef soup.
40. Pitanga A fruit native to Brazil. This fruit is tart and very high in vitamin C
41. Quibebe Mashed pumpkin with fried onions, garlic, and olive oil. A very tasty side dish.
42. Caipirinha A must have drink when in Brazil, this is cachaça, lime, and sugar.
43. Cuzcuz Paulista “São Paulo couscous.” This is not your typical couscous. It is a corn-based dish with all types of different vegetables. Made in a bunt tin it always looks beautiful and is wonderfully delicious.
44. Quebra queixo “Jawbreaker” this is a hard sugar-based sweet.
45. Isca de peixe Small pieces of white fish, battered, and deep fried. Perfect to order as a porção (portion) in a bar.
46. Bacalhau There are many different bacalhau’s, but the main part of the dish is the salted cod and it comes with all different vegetables. If you like fish this is an absolute must have.
47. Torta de palmito Hearts of palm pie.
48. Empada (empadinha) A cupcake sized pie; this is a common snack in Brazil. Come with various fillings: cheese, chicken, hearts of palm are the most common. The pastry is light and crumbly and has the tendency to fall apart when eating…so be careful!
49. Suco de abacaxi com hortelã Pineapple juice with mint, yum!
50. Pão de batata com catupiry Potato bread filled with catupiry, similar to a very runny cream-cheese. Commonly eaten as a snack and can be found almost anywhere!

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Minhas Crônicas do Brasil “100 Brazilian Dishes – Part 1
Brazil Phenomenon “100 Brazilian food items and dishes you have to try
O Onívoro “100 pratos brasileiros para experimentar

Pão de Queijo – Brazilian Cheese Bread, yum!!!!!!

Brazilian Cheese BreadIf you have visited Brazil you are likely to have tried these tasty morsels known as pão de queijo, or literally translated, cheese bread. Pão de queijo is a popular snack all over Brazil, but especially in the states of São Paulo, Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro, and Espirito Santo. Found in any coffee shop, lanchonete, or padaria, these are the perfect treat with coffee, for when you are feeling peckish, just want a little something to keep you going, or in my case can’t get enough of them.

On my first trip to Brazil in 2005 I, of course, ate my fair share of pão de queijo, and I have been addicted to them ever since. Not being in Brazil can be a big challenge when you crave these tasty morsels on a daily basis. Every time I visited Brazil I would bring packets of quick and simple pão de queijo mix back to the the USA. Brazilian Cheese BreadUnfortunately these never lasted long enough and I didn’t make the effort to learn how to make them from scratch myself (everyone had told me that they were very difficult, and silly-me, I believed them). So, I was usually without them for many months and had to manage my cravings!

Most Brazilians do not make pão de queijo from scratch. Instead, they either get them from their local padaria (bakery), or buy it frozen from the supermarket. Although buying them frozen is the quick and easy solution to making pão de queijo at home, I knew that I could make these scrumptious treats from scratch and meet the padaria quality.

Now, making pão de queijo in Brazil is easy because all of the ingredients are easy to find. Unfortunately, it is much more of a challenge in the USA. First, the recipe calls for polvilho azedo, which is a sour manioc starch, that is almost impossible to find. The best substitute that I have found for this in the USA is tapioca flour, or you can try searching for it in latin markets where it is sold as almidón agrio. The other ingredient problem you have out of Brazil is the cheese. The cheese that is used for pão de queijo is a half-cured cheese that is tangy and flavorful. Finding a substitute for the cheese is a challenge and I have usually resorted to a mix of parmesan and mozzarella.

Brazilian Cheese BreadNevertheless, you can make these tasty morsels in your own home. And, I can guarantee that once you have tried these you will want to run back to the kitchen, make a huge batch, and store them in the freezer so you never run out!!!!

Anyway, I won’t keep you from these goodies anymore. Here is the recipe for the pão de queijo that I made this weekend. They turned out amazing as you can see from the pictures. Hopefully they work out for you as well as they did for me. If they don’t work the first time don’t give up! Remember, if the mixture is too runny just add some more flour until you can roll the mixture into small balls that will keep their shape on the tray.

I look forward to hearing and seeing pictures from your pão de queijo!


makes approx. 30

320g (or slightly more than 2 cups) polvilho azedo or tapioca flour
1/2 cup vegetable, canola, or sunflower oil
1 cup milk
2 tsp salt
2 cups finely grate queijo minas (or you can try a mix of 1 part mozzarella and 2 parts parmesan cheese)

Brazilian Cheese BreadHeat the oil and milk together in the microwave or stove. Do not bring to a boil. Mix the oil and milk with the polvilho azedo and salt until fully combined. Put in the fridge to cool to room temperature. Finely grate the cheese. When the mixture has cooled mix a little and then add the cheese. Make sure mixture is combined well. If mixture is too runny add more polvilho azedo until mixture is slightly firm and when rolled into a small ball it holds. Preheat oven to 375F or 180C. Cover hands with oil and roll balls approximately 2.5cm or 1inch (make sure not to make the balls too big, otherwise they will not rise). Place on a baking tray or cookie sheet. Bake in the oven for approximately 20 minutes, or until tops are slightly golden.

If freezing, place rolled balls onto wax paper and put in the freezer for approximately 8 hours, or until well frozen. Transfer to ziploc bag. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 375F or 180C, when oven is hot retrieve pão de queijo from the freezer, place on baking tray or cookie sheet and bake for approximately 20 minutes or until tops are slightly golden. It is important to remember to bake when still frozen.

Serve immediately. Pão de Queijo is best eaten straight out of the oven.

For a PDF of this Recipe CLICK HERE!

Brazilian Cheese Bread