Brazilian Foods – Part I

Enjoy A Variety of National Dishes & Other Delectables from a Number of Countries from Around the World

One will be able to select from a variety of foods while in Brazil. However I found my favorite food, which is Chinese food, not as common as Japanese or Italian foods and I was even more surprised to find that most people I asked, were not familiar with fried rice.

Brazilian FoodSince I do not eat pork or shell fish, ‘frango’ (chicken) and queijo (pronounced kay-jeu, which is cheese) became my very best friends.  One popular national dish I tried was called feijoada, (pronounced fish-wa-da) – see photo (right) – which is a hodge-podge of meats, mostly, if not all kinds of pork – sausage, ham hocks, pork ribs, beef etc. combined with black beans and other ingredients into a stew that is served on the side or over rice. I was told that this was a dish that was developed by the slaves but remains popular today. In fact,I tasted the vegetarian version of feijoada, (pronounced fish-wa-da) which was quite tasty – their national plates were all very new to me but generally, I found Brazilian food to be very flavorful.

A favourite dish that the Brazilians ate daily was a meat, white rice, french-fries and baked-beans. I could never comprehend the need to have potatoe and rice and beans on the same plate. However this is a very common lunch time or supper meal for many in that country.

Every day while walking through the streets, I passed a number of road-side bakeries, located on practically every block and/or on every corner. It was hard to resist their savory hot pastries. However I must warn you that regardless of whether you say “não carne de porco!” (no pork), it is very possible that you will receive a pastry with pork inside. The reason is that some of the foods which we identify specifically as pork, have their own names. For example, ‘calabrese’ (pronounced ca-la-bray-ze) which looks very similar to pepperoni. It is not identified as pork by the restaurateurs but yes, it is PORK!

I am not a coffee drinker, but Brazil is world-renown for its coffee. What fascinated me was that coffee was served in a glass about 3” – 4” tall and it would only be half full. But after having a taste, one will clearly understand why. There are a number of varieties of coffee there, but generally their coffee is very dark and strong. I could not drink it if I wanted to, as it would keep me up for over a day or more (smile). So if you decide to drink it, I suggest you do so, sparingly.