Whats On The Menu At Brazilian Restaurants

Forget Chinese, forget Mexican, forget Indian and even Thai. It's time to try a new type of ethnic restaurant. Something tropical and something exotic. How about Brazilian restaurants?

Most of us feel a little trepidation when about to try a new cuisine. Will I have the roof of my mouth blown apart with chillies? Am I going to have something I?m allergic to sneaking into my food because I don?t know what everything on the menu is? Am I going to be confronted with something weird and just a bit too exotic and out of the ordinary? What will be on the menu at Brazilian restaurants?

For a start, all Brazilian restaurants that are worth their salt should feature Brazil's national dish on the menu somewhere. This dish is Feijoada, Brazilian black bean stew. The exact recipe will vary from restaurant to restaurant, but the basic ingredients are always black beans and chorizo (chori?o) sausage, plus some beef. If you?re not sure exactly how spicy the chori?o is, then just ask.

Most Brazilian restaurants will also feature a ?moqueca? or two. This is a type of stew which often features coconut milk and other palm products in the ingredients. Another name you?ll encounter on the menu of Brazilian restaurants is ?frango?, which is a chicken stew. You will also encounter yucca (also known as mandioca or cassava) on the menu at Brazilian restaurants in a variety of forms from plain fried mandioca to farofa, which is meal made from the dried mandioca root..

To quote the old catchphrase, ?Where's the beef?? Brazil was the first South American country to raise beef, so it's no surprise that barbecuing is a very popular way of cooking. This is known as a ?churrasco.? Brazilian restaurants wanting to capture the authentic flavour of a churrasco will salt the beef overnight before cooking, preferably over hot coals. White meats are also served at a churrasco, and these will be marinated in salt, garlic and lime juice. These may be served with hot sauce.

But the desserts. Oh, the desserts! If you have a sweet tooth, then Brazilian restaurants will absolutely spoil you for choice. Brazil grows sugarcane and tropical fruits, so chefs in Brazilian restaurants have their chance to unleash their creativity when it comes to desserts. Bananas and , of course, Brazil nuts are common ingredients, but you will also find maracuja (passion fruit) and even avocado used in dessert in Brazilian restaurants. The Yaya (Iai?) is a traditional coconut and egg dessert that is well worth trying in Brazilian restaurants.

The quintessential cocktail that should lead the drinks menu at Brazilian restaurants is caipirinha, which is a mixture of lime juice and the Brazilian spirit called cacha?a, which is made from distilled sugarcane. Chaca?a can be mixed with other fruit juices for a different twist, but lime is the traditional mixer. Batidas, or fruit cocktails, are another popular choice to drink at Brazilian restaurants, and may be made with coconut milk or passion fruit juice.

As a non-alcoholic drink choice at Brazilian restaurants, you can?t go past the energy drink guaran?, which is made from an Amazonian fruit with more caffeine than coffee. Coconut water and tropical fruit juices may make a better choice for a late-night meal at Brazilian restaurants if you want to go to sleep afterwards!

Brazilian restaurants offer a cuisine that is less spicy than other Latin American dishes and has a delicious tropical twist that will put a samba in your step.

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