The South American country of Brazil really does have it all. One of the most fascinating places in the world, Brazil is blessed with numerous beautiful white sand beaches, abundant rainforests, diverse ecosystems, amazing waterfalls and very active metropolises. The food in Brazil is rich in flavor and absolutely delicious that it will have you in raptures. All these great features makes Brazil one of the most loved travel destinations in the world. Just one trip to Brazil and you will immediately fall in love with it!
There are certain foods in Brazil that just sum up all the good things about food in this country. No trip to Brazil would be complete without trying all these dishes.
- The Brazilian Barbeque – When it comes to barbeque in South America, Brazil offers one of the best. There are countless churrascarias, also known as steakhouses, or BBQ joints in the country, where you get to eat meat the Brazilian way. To get an authentic Brazilian BBQ experience, go to a churrascaria, where waiters serve you meat straight from the skewer until you can eat no more. The picanha cut (cap of the rump) is a popular cut in Brazil, which is always available at a churrascaria.
The best thing about these places is that you can eat as much as you like by paying a fixed price. In addition to meat, you also get served vegetables, salads, grilled fish, sushi, and much more. An accompaniment sauce made of onion, tomatoes, spring onions, parsley, vinegar and oil is also served with the meat. Normally, salt is the only spice that is used. Since these BBQ joints are not affordable for most Brazilians, they barbeque at home.
- Beans & Feijoada – Beans (black and brown) have been the main source of protein for the majority of Brazilians for a very long time. One of the most common dishes eaten throughout Brazil is feijoada, which is a hearty stew made with black beans, sausages and cuts of pork. This dish, when done in the traditional way takes up to 24 hours to make, which is why most people go out to restaurants to eat it. Feijoada is typically served with rice, fried kale, bits of bacon, rice, farofa and an orange slice to flavor. It is a very tasty dish but is rather heavy on the stomach.
- Bacalhau – Bacalhau is dried and salted cod, which is the main ingredient in an endless variety of dishes most cherished by the Brazilians. It was first brought to Brazil by the Portugese. Bacalhau is quite expensive and is therefore reserved for special occasions like Christmas and other holidays. Today most of the cod is imported all the way from Norway. It is used in various oven-dishes and as an ingredient in casseroles or fritters.
- Snack food – The next item on the list is the bar food. Beer, served really cold is the drink of choice in Brazil. An assortment of fried snacks makes the perfect accompaniment with beer. Bolinho de bacalhau with a touch of chili sauce is really delicious. Empadas, spicy sausages calabresa, fried manioc aipim, the sun dried beef carne de sol are all a perfect match with cold beer.
- Sweets – Brazilians have a sweet tooth. Some of Brazil’s most famous desserts are just too sweet. This doesn’t mean that they aren’t tasty. Brazilian desserts usually contain milk derivatives, a lot of nuts and local fruits like acai, cashew, mango, guava, orange, papaya, passion fruit and pineapple. A few of the delicious Brazilian sweets you should definitely try include biscuit cake pavé, papaya cream creme de mamão, Passion fruit mousse mousse de maracujá, and lime cake torta de limão.
Brazilian cuisine is extremely diverse owing to the fact that it has African, European and Amerindian influences. Mentioned above are some of the must-try foods in Brazil that will tantalize your palate and amuse your tastebuds. Obviously there are millions of other things to try in this awesome country, but let’s get you around the ones listed here first. It’ll definitely rock your world and when you leave Brazil, you’re sure to miss these foods.