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Eating & drinking in Brazil

Typical Brazilian dishes

There is no real national dish in Brazil, most likely the feijoada stew. This consists of beans, sausage, beef or pork and is served almost everywhere in the country.

Farofa (roasted cassava flour), couve (cabbage) or rice are usually served as an accompaniment to feijoada.

In Bahia, the regional cuisine is strongly influenced by the African and indigenous people. Typical dishes in the region include vatapá, a cooked flour porridge with crabs, ginger and nuts or carurú, sautéed crabs in combination with a hot sauce made from red pepper and okra.

Another important dish is acarajé. For this purpose, balls made from ground beans, crabs and spices are fried in dendê oil (azeite de dendê) and served with a spicy pepper sauce and salad.

The legacy of the Portuguese colonial era is particularly noticeable in the Minas Gerais region. In addition to beans with bacon and cassava flour, they like to prepare moqueca capixaba - a fish dish with coconut milk and tomatoes. Pork and kale are also often on the table. The menus in the south of Brazil have an even stronger European character.

The inhabitants of the Amazon River mainly eat fish, cassava and plantains.

Meat: grilled food is always possible

The Brazilians love meat - although the global trend towards a more vegetarian or vegan diet does not stop at Brazil either. The churrasco from Argentina is still very popular. Restaurants specializing in churrasco can be found in almost every place in Brazil.

All kinds of meat are served on the grill (churrasqueira). Mainly beef but also suckling pig, lamb, poultry (chicken hearts) or grilled sausages.

If you like to eat all-you-can-eat, you have to look out for the word »rodizio« in Brazil. Then you can eat as much as you want or can do for a fixed price.

The dish pato no tupuci is very popular in northern Brazil. It is cooked duck in a yellow sauce made from the juice of the cassava root.

Fish & Seafood: Large selection from river and sea

Thanks to the huge coastline in Brazil, every fish and seafood ends up on the plates of Brazilians. Fish (peixe) and crabs (camarão) are often fried. In addition to fresh fish, drying is also a popular preparation method. As in Portugal, it is mostly bacalhau (stockfish), which is often dried in stews.

In the Amazon region, it is worth trying local fish such as dourado (South American salmon tetra), doradidae (catfish) or various types of perch (pacu, tucunaré, tambaqui). Another fish specialty in the region is pirarucu (Arapaima), which can weigh up to 200 kilograms and has bones instead of bones.

Fruit & vegetables: healthy variety

Every region in Brazil has its typical fruits. The most common fruits are mangoes, papayas, pineapples, grapes, oranges and bananas, all of which are well known in Europe.

But that is only a small part of the great variety of fruit in Brazil. Other well-known types of fruit in Brazil are jabuticaba, açaí, passion fruit, guava, cupuaçu, caju, siriguela and cagaita.

Brazilians eat fruit for breakfast, as a snack, or as a dessert right after lunch and dinner. The fruits are also popular for making ice cream, cakes, yogurt, pudding, sauces and even beer.

The selection of vegetables is also huge. In addition to varieties known worldwide such as potatoes, cucumbers, peppers, broccoli, onions or carrots, there are also numerous types that are not so well known in Europe. These include the Jiló tomatoes, cassava and okra.

Desserts & desserts: the main thing is sweet

Delicious Brazilian desserts, such as cocadas (coconut pulp baked with sugar), can be bought from local street vendors in many places. Other typical delicacies are z. B. brigadeiros (chocolate balls), beijinhos (brigadeiros with coconut) or the bolo de fuba, a cornmeal cake. Quindim, one of the most popular desserts in Brazil, is a type of pudding cream made from sugar, butter, egg yolk and grated coconut.

If you fancy an ice cream, you have to inquire about sorvete. You can get to know some flavors in Brazil that you won't find in Europe.

For dessert there is almost always a cafezinho ("small coffee").

Drinks: gladly sweet, gladly strong

Freshly squeezed fruit juices - the sucas de fruta - are available on every street corner in Brazil. They are mostly pressed on site from frozen fruit pulp (polpa). You can have your juice made from many different fruits known to us, but also from açaí, acerola, cupuaçu, fruta do conde or graviola. A lot of sugar is also often added to fruit juices, so order com pouco açúcar (little sugar) or sem açúcar (without sugar).

A popular soft drink is guaraná, a lemonade made from dried guaraná seeds, the taste of which is strongly reminiscent of gummy bears. In the south of the country people like to drink the somewhat bitter mate tea (chimarrão).

Coffee (café) plays an important role in Brazil, after all, the country is one of the largest coffee producers in the world. In the morning there is usually a café com leite (coffee with milk), the rest of the day it is drunk more black than cafezinho (strongly sweetened espresso). Sugar - usually a lot - definitely belongs in coffee in Brazil.

The caipirinha also has countless fans far beyond the country's borders. The alcoholic drink, which is made from sugar cane schnapps (called cachaça or pinga) with lime and brown sugar, is what Brazilians like to drink on the beach or in the evening in a bar.

Beer (cerveja) is of course also drunk in Brazil. The best-known brands are Skol, Brahma, Antárctica and Bohemia. Types that contain the name »Artesenal« are mostly specialty beers from small breweries. In Brazil, beer is often drunk ice-cold from 0.6-liter bottles. Draft beer is relatively rare in Brazil.