What is worth trying in Brazil?

10 Tasty Things to Try in Brazil

Hi all! In this post I want to tell you about interesting Brazilian food that does not claim to be “haute cuisine” and sold right on the street, but definitely worth your attention when you find yourself in this country!

There will not be those dishes and drinks that you already know about. Of course, in Brazil you must try the cachaça and the caipirinha made with it, the cheese buns Pão de Queijo, the brigadeiro – Brazilian sweets, and a visit to the national Brazilian restaurant churrascaria. Below you will find some lesser-known things that you can only find out about when you are in Brazil.

1. guarana & matte.

Guarana - the most popular drink in Brazil

Guarana is a local lemonade made from the plant of the same name. This plant is known primarily for its fruits, which contain twice as much caffeine as coffee beans. That is why the drink from this fruit has a stimulating effect. Guarana tastes a lot like “Pinocchio” soda, if you remember it. I did not like it much, but in Brazil it is very popular and respected and is sold everywhere. Besides, Guarana is cheaper than Coke – 3,5 reals for half a liter – which is an undeniable plus.

Matte_Brazil is a popular drink in Brazil

Mate is the only kind of tea that is consumed in Brazil. And it is sold directly in cups, already brewed and chilled. The top of the cup is sealed with foil, which is usually pierced with a straw to make it easy to drink. Mate is sold with different additives, is very thirst quenching and costs an average of R$1.5 for a glass.

2. Acai Smoothie.

Acai_smoothie Brazilian delicacies

Acai is a palm tree native to the Amazon region of Brazil. It is grown for two reasons: the edible core of the tree and its delicious dark blue berries. These berries are very healthy and tasty, and cold sherbet made of them is just what the doctor ordered in this heat. The taste is unlike anything I know. It has a nice subtle flavor remotely reminiscent of grapes. It costs R$7 for 0.3, R$8 for 0.4, and R$9 for 0.5L.

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3. passatempo

Brazilian Sweets

Passatempo are the usual cookies. Except for one little thing. It’s the kind of product that Brazilians miss insanely when they’re abroad. I, for example, miss sunflower seeds, and on occasion I will ask someone to bring them to me. And Brazilians living in other countries always ask for just these cookies. It’s just a taste of the homeland for them. The cookies are really delicious, and they also have funny drawings. The pack costs about 3 reals.

4. biscoito globo

Brazilian Sweets

This unknown crap is sold on all the beaches and just adored by the locals. I did not understand the joke, because these things do not have a pronounced taste. But grandmas in the buses crunch them with enviable regularity.

5. Acarajé

Acaraje, Brazilian food

Acarajé is a dish made from peeled cow peas. The round buns are first fried in palm oil and then cut open and filled with fried shrimp, cashews, lettuce, green and red tomatoes, hot pepper sauce, beans, ginger, garlic, and other goodies.

Acaraje is one of the traditional dishes of Nigerian and Brazilian cuisine. This dish is most common in Bahia, the northeastern state of Brazil, especially in the city of Salvador, as a street food. It appeared in Brazil after the importation of slaves from West Africa in the 16th century. In Bahia, there is a whole social group of acaraje traders, called bayanas. They are mostly Afro-Brazilian women, who wear specific clothes: white chintz dresses, scarves, specially shaped hats, colorful necklaces. Their inviting chants and way of life have become an integral part of the culture of this state.

This dish costs 4 reals, is sold at every step in Salvador, and by the smell it is easy to guess that there is an acaraje outlet nearby. The taste is purely for aficionados, and I never finished my portion. Firstly, embarrassed by raw shrimps which are right inside, and secondly, sauces are also strangely tart. The concept resembles our shawarma, but in my opinion, shawarma tastes a bit better)). Nevertheless, it is worth a try – it is an unforgettable gastronomic experience!

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6. Tapioca

Brazilian Exotic Food

Without exaggeration, Tapioca is the strangest food I have ever seen and tasted. In Rio, it’s a hit of street food, with locals lining up in meter long lines to the stalls with this stuff.

The cooking process is nothing short of shocking. A bunch of white balls are poured into a pan, rolled out onto the surface of the pan about the same way we have pancake batter, and then these balls solidify into a white grainy, semi-airy flatbread! They put all kinds of stuffing on top of the flapjack, from ham to bananas, then sprinkle it with cheese and roll it in half. Voila! Seven reals and this unknown food is in your hand! It’s tasty, it’s healthy. But the taste depends mostly on the filling.

7. Coxinhas

Coxinhas Brazilian Food

Coxinhas are a delicious and hearty pastry that made up 90% of our diet in Rio. It costs 3 reais per piece, which is enough as lunch. The outside is made of potatoes and cheese, the filling is spicy chicken. This is an indigenous Brazilian dish, which looks like a chicken leg, and the translation of the name literally means “chicken thigh”. This meal is almost never boring, because the taste is very delicate and the consistency is nice.

8. Pastel

Pastel Brazil

Imagine small chebureks, and consider that you have understood the meaning of pastel. In Brazil, they are served as an appetizer for beer and come with different fillings: cheese, chicken, vegetables. The most important thing in this matter is to find a place where they are made delicious, and such places are not always found, unfortunately. A portion of pastel costs from 5 to 7 reals.

9. Queijo Coalho.

Grilled cheese Brazil

Grilled cheese in Brazil is very popular in different forms. You can often find this kind of grilled cheese, for example in bars or on the beach. Avoid this delicacy you will not be able to. So eat up! But the usual shashlik do not buy on the beach, it is poorly cooked.

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10. Churros recheados

Brazilian sweet

Finally, I left the most delicious. Guys, this is love! This is gastronomic ecstasy! It’s an oral orgasm! These warm, soft, slightly crunchy sticks with chocolate or milk cream are just cosmic. You have to try them! The price is 3 reals. Sold most often along with hot corn at street stalls. Basically, it’s a regular pastry with a filling, I don’t know what the secret is, but I haven’t tasted a sweeter candy.

Friends, I hope you had fun reading this post. If I missed something, be sure to let me know, and share your impressions of what you read and tried!

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