100 Brazilian food items and dishes you have to try

Feijoada with several accompaniments: rice cas...
Feijoada with several accompaniments: rice cassava fried, crackling Orange caipirinha, among others. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I just ran across this really interesting blog on food and the author had published a list of 100 food items that everyone should try in Brazil. The idea is to put the items that you have tried in bold and the ones you have not in green (or something like that). I will just copy and paste the entire list because I think everyone should try everything on the list at least once…

I tried to explain the ones I have tried or simply translate the name of the dish. Here we go:

100 Brazilian dishes to try

  1. Doce de batata doce (sweet potato purée/jam/jelly)
  2. Churrasco (Brazilian-style BBQ, not one of my favourites, but try it anyway)
  3. Bala de banana Oliveira ou similares (some sort of sweet)
  4. Tapioca (a personal favourite, made of mandioc starch…it´s complicated
  5. Pizza assado no forno à lenha (I think we´ve all tried this one..)
  6. Feijão tropeiro (a variation of the feijão or beans)
  7. Arroz carreteiro
  8. Açaí na tijela (very common in the NE and N, served with granola in the NE or with regular food in the N)
  9. Paçoca de amendoim (peanut sweet, a little like fudge with peanuts)
  10. Pato no tucupi (some sort of duck dish)
  11. Maniçoba
  12. Baião de dois
  13. Acarajé (amazing street food served in Bahia, mostly. Made of feijão paste with all sorts of goodies and shrimp. Ask for it without chilli the first time and make sure the oil used for frying is not too nasty)
  14. Pamonha (sweet corn paste wrapped in corn leaf and boiled, very nice)
  15. Dobradinha (tripe stew, tastes better than it sounds if made well)
  16. Rapadura (just try it, mostly sold in fairs)
  17. Farofa de içá
  18. Barreado
  19. Pastel de feira (they vary depending on the region, but it´s basically a fried pastry with various fillings.
  20. Couve refogada com alho (a common side dish)
  21. Sanduíche de pernil (a pork sandwich, pernil is the pork leg)
  22. Palmito (palm hearts)
  23. Umbu em natura (a fruit, the juice is good too)
  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 coalho na brasa (usually sold at beaches in the NE)
  35. Curau
  36. Torta de liquidicador (I can´t believe this is here, but it´s a must-eat! Any Brazilian housewife should know how to make it)
  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. Careful with hygiene.
  39. Arroz, feijão, bife e batata frita (rice, beans, steak and fries, not very healthy, but you can remove the fries. This is a typical PF, prato feito)
  40. Buchada de bode (mutton dish)
  41. Bolo de rolo (no idea, some sort of cake)
  42. Furrundum
  43. Chá mate gelado (chilled mate tea)
  44. Rabada (oxtail stew)
  45. Vaca atolada
  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 (mmmmm, try them!)
  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 (mmmm, sold almost anywhere. Make sure they are fresh)
  65. Caldeirada de tucunaré (no idea)
  66. Moqueca (very common in Bahia, a fish stew with lobster and shrimp, coconut milk and other goodies)
  67. Mandioca frita (fried cassava)
  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… just try and it and tell me about it)
  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 (haven´t tried this yet)
  90. Jabuticaba 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, never tried it)
  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. 99. Geléia de mocotó
  100. Caju (the fruit, not the nut)
    Source: http://onivoro.wordpress.com/2009/12/07/100-pratos-brasileiros-para-experimentar/

5 thoughts on “100 Brazilian food items and dishes you have to try

  1. Very comprehensive list! Some foods are cringe worthy, aren’t they? Cow marrow, seriously? I kid you not, it is delicious, but some Brazilians would never ever try it, to the point that I am embarrassed to confess that I love it on certain circles. I would add to the delicious/gross list some of my favourites: chicken hearts bbq (yum, it makes me salivate) and ox tongue stew.
    Maybe this can help you guys decipher the list:
    Churrasco grego (literally Greek BBQ, no idea what it is) – it is what we call gyros/souvlaki/kebab, so not literally Brazilian, but brazilian-ized food.
    Broa de fubá (a sort of pastry made from corn flour) – broa is actually a kind of biscuit, very yummy indeed, you can try it with some jam (chimia in the South, geléia everywhere else). Some people might also call it a bolo de fubá (cake), but for me these are two different things.
    If you need a hand with any of those weird names, give me a shout.
    Great blog!

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