Brazil is known for its vibrant culture, its brilliant soccer, and beautiful landscapes - but actually not widely famous for its delicious food.
One aspect of Brazilian cuisine that should not be missed is its street food. From savory to sweet, Brazil's street food scene offers an array of flavors and textures that will leave your taste buds wanting more. Here are 5 street foods from Brazil that everyone should try (and why!).
Coxinha is a deep-fried snack that is shaped like a drumstick and filled with shredded chicken and cream cheese. While chicken is the most traditional of the fillings, Bossa Nova offers a vegan version made with creamy hearts of palm. It originated in the state of São Paulo and is now popular throughout Brazil. The dough is made with wheat flour and mashed potatoes, giving it a crispy exterior and a soft, creamy interior. Coxinha is usually served with hot sauce or ketchup and is perfect for a quick snack on the go. Don't mention we said it - but it's also known for being an excellent hangover cure!
2. Pastel (Empanada)
Pastel is a deep-fried pastry that is filled with a variety of savory ingredients such as ground beef, cheese, and vegetables. It is similar to an empanada or a samosa, but the dough is thinner and crispier. Pastel is commonly found in street markets and is usually served with hot sauce or lime juice. It's a perfect snack to enjoy with friends or as a quick bite on the go.
3. Açaí Bowl
Açaí bowls have become increasingly popular in recent years, and for good reason. This nutritious and delicious snack is made with frozen açaí pulp and topped with granola, fresh fruit, and honey. Açaí berries are native to the Amazon rainforest and are high in antioxidants and fiber. It's not hard to understand why we love it so much! The sweet and tart flavors of the açaí complement the crunchy granola and fresh fruit, making it a perfect breakfast or afternoon snack.
4. Pão de Queijo (Cheesebread)
Pão de Queijo, also known as Brazilian cheese bread, is a popular snack that originated in the state of Minas Gerais. It is made with cassava flour and cheese, giving it a unique texture and flavor. Pão de Queijo is typically served warm and is crispy on the outside with a soft, chewy center. It's a great snack to enjoy with a cup of coffee or tea.
Brigadeiro is a traditional Brazilian sweet that is made with condensed milk, cocoa powder, and butter. It is similar to a chocolate truffle and is typically rolled in sprinkles or grated coconut. Brigadeiro is a popular dessert at parties and celebrations and is a favorite among children like us (in our mid-thirties...)
Brazil's street food scene offers an array of flavors and textures that are not to be missed.
Whether you're in the mood for something savory or sweet, these 5 street foods from Brazil are sure to satisfy your cravings.
From coxinha to brigadeiro, these snacks are perfect for enjoying with friends or as a quick bite on the go. So, the next time you're in Brazil, be sure to try these delicious street foods - all of them offered at Bossa Nova Café!
Bossa Nova Brazilian Restaurant | Opening Hours:
Tuesday to Sunday from 9-3 PM
Fridays and Saturdays from 5-9 PM
156 Elgin St, Carlton
Phone (03) 9078 2410