Food And Drink In Brazil
The national dish of Brazil is called feijoada.
It contains black beans, pork sausage, tripe (stomach of cow or
other cud-chewing animal), spices, and greens, and is served with
rice. It's possible to eat these every day and in some regions it's
hard not to.
Brazilians also use farinha as a condiment. This
is made from the root of cassava, or manioc, a tropical plant that
is native to Brazil. When it is cooked and dried, people sprinkle
it on soups, meat, and stews and use it as flour in bread and puddings.
Every region of Brazil has its own special foods.
Charque (dried and salted beef) is traditional in southern Brazil.
In the Northeast and along the Amazon River, fish dishes are popular.
The cowboys (gaúchos) of the southern grasslands eat a form
of barbecued beef. Oranges, pineapples, bananas, papayas, mangos,
and other varieties of tropical fruit are plentiful and popular.
Meals go in one of three directions: steak, chicken
and fish. This makes up the typical Brazilian meal and is called
set meal or plate of day in lanchonetes from Xique Xique to Bananal.
They are typically enormous meals and incredibly cheap. Steak, big
and rare, is the national passion. The best cuts are filet and churrasco.
Chicken is usually grilled, sometimes fried. Fish is generally fried.
Coffee is Brazil's main beverage. Brazilians like
to drink cafezinhos, tiny cups of sweet, steaming hot coffee several
times a day. Another beverage is maté, an herbal tea. It
is sometimes served in a hollowed-out gourd and drunk with a straw.
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