Sunday, August 26, 2012

100 Brazilian Foods You Must Try

I love lists.  To-do lists, bucket lists (or in my case reverse bucket lists), lists of top 10 whatever.  And Shelley, an American figuring out how to live life in Brazil, found the most awesome list... 100 Brazilian Foods You Must Try.  So let's see how I am doing...

100 Brazilian dishes to try
  1. Doce de batata doce (sweet potato purée/jam/jelly)
  2. Churrasco (Brazilian-style BBQ)
  3. Bala de banana Oliveira ou similares (not sure what this is...)
  4. Tapioca 
  5. Pizza assado no forno à lenha (Brazilian style pizza)
  6. Feijão tropeiro (a variation of the feijão or beans)
  7. Arroz carreteiro (a rice dish)
  8. Açaí na tijela (Acai bowl with fruit and honey)
  9. Paçoca de amendoim (peanut candy)
  10. Pato no tucupi (some sort of duck dish)
  11. Maniçoba (???)
  12. Baião de dois (Dish from Northeast)
  13. Acarajé (Street food from Bahia)
  14. Pamonha (sweet corn paste wrapped in corn leaf and boiled)
  15. Dobradinha (tripe stew)
  16. Rapadura (a sweet)
  17. Farofa de içá
  18. Barreado
  19. Pastel de feira (my FAVORITE street food!)
  20. Couve refogada com alho (cooked kale with garlic)
  21. Sanduíche de pernil (a pork sandwich, pernil is the pork leg)
  22. Palmito (palm hearts)
  23. Umbu em natura (a fruit)
  24. Pacu (a type of fish)
  25. Camarão na moranga (a shrimp stew served in a pumpkin)
  26. Doce de abóbora (pumpkin jam/sweet)
  27. Feijoada (the classic Brazilian dish, based on beans and varied meats served with rice, orange and couve, a sort of cabbage)
  28. Galinhada com pequi (a chicken stew)
  29. Peixe na telha (a fish dish)
  30. Biscoito de polvilho (very Brazilian, and irresistible little biscuits)
  31. Galinha à cabidela
  32. Pão de mel com doce de leite (literally honey bread, very nice)
  33. Any fish baked in folha de bananeira (banana tree leaf)
  34. Queijo na brasa (grilled cheese sticks on beach)
  35. Curau (juice from corn)
  36. Torta de liquidicador (homemade biscuits with vegetables)
  37. Café coado no filtro de pano (coffee passed through a cloth filter)
  38. Caldo de cana (sugar-cane juice usually served with ice and lemon. LOVE IT.)
  39. Arroz, feijão, bife e batata frita (rice, beans, steak and fries... typical Brazilian plate)
  40. Buchada de bode (mutton dish)
  41. Bolo de rolo (a rolled, sweet bread)
  42. Furrundum
  43. Chá mate gelado (chilled mate tea)
  44. Rabada (oxtail stew)
  45. Vaca atolada (beef stew with yucca)
  46. Pitanga (a fruit)
  47. Quibebe (pumpkin dish)
  48. Pintando na brasa (BBQ fish)
  49. Cuscuz paulista (corn-based dish)
  50. Quebra queixo (hard sugar-based sweet)
  51. Pingado de padaria (a must-have, served in Brazilian diners, hot milk with a little of coffee)
  52. Quindim (egg-yolk-based sweet)
  53. Cajuzinho (cashew-nut sweet)
  54. Sorvete de milho (sweet corn ice cream)
  55. Sarapatel (very common in Bahia)
  56. Bolinho de chuva 
  57. Caruru (a type of stew, also common in Bahia)
  58. Frango com quiabo (chicken with okra)
  59. Leitão à pururuca (pork dish)
  60. Canjica doce (sweet corn pudding)
  61. Pinhão (type of pine nut, usually baked, common in the South)
  62. Vinho quente (hot wine)
  63. Cachaça artesanal de qualidade (artisan quality cachaça)
  64. Pão de queijo (cheese bread)
  65. Caldeirada de tucunaré 
  66. Moqueca (very common in Bahia, a fish stew with lobster and shrimp, coconut milk and other goodies)
  67. Mandioca frita (fried yucca)
  68. Broa de fubá (a sort of pastry made from corn flour)
  69. Jaca (you have to know how to eat this fruit, but it´s worth it. Very nutritious. Ask a native to serve it)
  70. Sonho de padaria (a type of doughnut)
  71. Anything made with cupuaçu (a fruit)
  72. Requeijão cremoso (the Brazilian version of cream cheese)
  73. A whole cumari pepper (hot)
  74. Churrasco grego (literally Greek BBQ, no idea what it is)
  75. Queijo de Minas fresco (fresh cheese from Minas Gerais, sold in other parts of Brazil)
  76. Misto quente (amazing stuff, grilled ham and cheese sandwich that somehow tastes better in Brazil)
  77. Caldo de piranha (pirana broth)
  78. Doce de leite mineiro (doce de leite from Minas Gerais)
  79. Brigadeiro (the all-Brazilian sweet, chocolate with granules… Brazilian birthday candy)
  80. Acerola (a small berry-like fruit, similar to pitanga, with lots of vitamin C. Usually in juices or ice-cream)
  81. Bobó de camarão (a shrimp stew, or similar)
  82. Pudim de leite condensado (condensed milk pudding, like a flan but more consistent and sweeter)
  83. Manjar de coco (a very sweet coconut pudding)
  84. Refrigerante de guaraná (guaraná soft drink)
  85. Coxinha (street/fast food, with chicken filling in potato and bread crumbs and fried)
  86. Caldo de mocotó (mocotó is the marrow from the hoof of a cow, calf, ox, used to make a broth)
  87. Romeu e Julieta (a slice of goiabada, guava jelly, and cheese served as a dessert)
  88. Chimarrão (like the Argentinian mate)
  89. Virado à Paulista 
  90. Jaboticaba no pé (a fruit picked from the tree)
  91. Bala de coco de festa de aniversário (birthday coconut sweets, very typical, with the brigadeiro)
  92. Bolinho de bacalhau (cod croquette)
  93. Beirute (a very nice meat sandwich)
  94. Caldinho de feijão (bean broth)
  95. Melão produzido em Mossoró-RN (melon from Mossoró, Rio Grande do Norte, in the North)
  96. Milho assado (baked corn on the cob, tough to eat if you ask me)
  97. Batata doce assada (baked sweet potato)
  98. Caipirinha (made with cachaça)
  99. Geléia de mocotó
  100. Caju (the fruit, not nut -- I have had the juice)

    40/100? Not too bad!  Guess I need to get to the Northeast so I can check some more off my list ;)


  1. This is great! There's a lot of dishes that I don't know, but I like the idea of having some sort of list of things to introduce to my husband :)

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Paulo didn't know all of them, either. Makes me feel better ;) Guess we need to start going down the list and checking them all off...

  2. You need to head to a Festa Junina in the South, too! Then you can cross off 60, 61 & 62 at the same time (some of my favourite foods... I want them all year!) Oh and you have to try cupuaçu - it's my favourite Brazilian fruit (but really only found in the north, I think - I've never found the fresh juice in the south). Need to work through this list for me now too!

    1. Another good reason to hit up Floripa! :) Now we have a food guide to direct us...

  3. Wow - what a fabulous list.

    1. All food lists are fabulous lists ;)

  4. Hey, Tiffany,
    You are way ahead of me in trying Brazilian dishes. Btw, I have made a Mocqueca de Palmito (#66) that Denilson, my Baiano, says tastes relatively authentic. . .we also had a mocqueca at church last weekend that was made with egg rather than fish. Deni and his brother (visiting from Brazil) both said it was amazing. Let me know if you want me to send you the recipes. :)

    1. I think I have the advantage in that I have spent more time in Brazil than you... guess it is time for you to go again ;) YES, please send the recipe, I would love to try!!!


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