TYPICAL FOODS IN RIO DE JANEIRO
Are you going to travel to Rio and was searching for details about the city? We know that local food is a really important part of the culture of a place, right? Do you have the curiosity to know more about the amazing food of the Wonderful City? Don’ worry, now we are going to talk about this mouth-watering theme.
When we think about the brazilian cuisine, the first thing we think is the main dish of each brazilian state like ‘Pão de Queijo’ (cheese bread) of Minas Gerais, the Barbecue of Rio Grande do Sul, ‘Bolo de Rolo’ of Pernambuco and ‘Acarajé’ from Bahia are some examples. But, what about Rio de Janeiro, have typical foods? What are the delights of carioca cuisine?
RIO DE JANEIRO CUISINE
Rio de Janeiro is a city that brings together various cultures of our Brazil, because it is a very tourist city. There is a large part of the city’s population that migrated from other states to work and study in Rio de Janeiro. But do not think that for this reason, the state doesn’t have typical dishes.
The truth is that for historical reasons, we have a lot of influence on Portuguese cuisine. As we saw in the post about History of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil was colonized by the Portuguese from 1500.
In addition, Rio de Janeiro was the residence of the Portuguese Royal Family for many years after escaping from Napoleon in Europe. For almost two centuries, from 1763 to 1960, the city was the capital of Brazil. That explains a lot, doesn’t it?
EXPLAINING THE FAME
Rio de Janeiro is known for the thousands of bars throughout the city. This is a reality, but do not make a mistake, not only with cold beer lives the carioca. Look at these famous and much-ordered dishes in most restaurants around town.
THE MOST PERFECT COMBINATION FOR CARIOCAS
The gallon mate sold on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro is made with the infusion of roasted yerba mate, which makes the drink with that caramel color. Mate is served cold and can be consumed pure or mixed with lemon juice. This carioca mate is different from the mate consumed in south of Brazil.
The story of the snack begins with two brothers who learned from their uncle how to make tapioca flour cookies in Sao Paulo. They decided to bring the recipe to Rio de Janeiro in 1955 and ended up being hired by Padaria Globo here in Rio de Janeiro. Named after the bakery that makes cookies, the delicacy has over 60 years of tradition.
TRADITIONAL AND LIGHT
The powdered snacks can be salty or sweet and the cookies are free of gluten and no dyes, preservatives or antioxidants with only 135 calories. Perfect for everyone!
The cookie has a paper packaging that is suitable for receiving heat and keeping the product fresh. Plastic packaging has been developed for commercial establishments and walking sellers.
The cookie is widely consumed on beaches (along with Mate) throughout the city, but it is also a hobby in traffic and even ballads, have you ever imagined?
The cookie is so famous that we commonly see the brand label stamped on bags, souvenirs, carnival costumes and more! Carioca pride, for sure.
MATE AND GLOBO CULTURAL HERITAGE
Of course, we know it is not a dish, but it represents the beach lifestyle of the carioca. Mate sellers are so common on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro that in March 2012, through Decree No. 35179, the City Hall declared Carioca Cultural Heritage this type of street vendor.
This decree considers the need to preserve the memory of the city. In this case, street vendors are the most striking and traditional characters, as well as extremely important in the city’s culture. You can’t leave town without tasting, right?
And on the weekend, the request is the feijoada! This is one of the best known and popular typical dishes in state cuisine. The recipe for an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G feijoada is basically: black beans (although the city’s citizens are carioca, beans are not, hahaha), various parts of pork and sausage.
The side dishes are: white rice, kale, flour or crumbs and a piece of orange, to aid digestion as this is a very strong and heavy dish.
The feijoada is the most typical dish of all samba school courts. And there’s nothing better than feijoada and samba! There are several stories about the emergence of this dish, some point to Portuguese habits, others say Africans. We do not know for sure. But we all agree that this dish is delicious and deserves to be tasted.
BOLINHO DE FEIJOADA (Feijoada Balls)
Of course, could not miss this wonder! The recipe is recent and has become so popular (of course, because it’s wonderful, I told you, isn’t it?) That it’s very easy to find in the city’s restaurants and pubs. It’s that right order at the table with friends and that cold beer.
The traditional recipe takes black bean pastry with flour, stuffed with the ingredients that make up a typical feijoada: bacon, sausage, ribs, dry meat, kale, and more.
Looking for the please of the majority, establishments will adapt their recipes that may contain other elements. The truth is that you will not be able to eat just one bolinho de feijoada, it is delicious and addictive!
BOLINHO DE BACALHAU (Codfish Balls)
Remember that we talked about the Portuguese influence, right at the beginning of this text? This recipe is the most delicious proof of this. Another ball that is successful in menus in Rio de Janeiro is the Codfish Ball.
PORTUGUESE TRADITION IN CARIOCAS LANDS
The recipe follows the same steps as the Portuguese recipe, without much change. There are even restaurants specializing in Codfish in Rio de Janeiro, did you know that? The codfish ball is delicious accompanied with a good olive oil!
FILÉ OSWALDO ARANHA
Have you tried the Oswaldo Aranha Filet? And why this name? A tribute? Exactly!
WHO WAS OSWALDO ARANHA?
Oswaldo Aranha was one of the big names of the 1930 Revolution (he has held some public office among the minister of the farm, Brazil’s ambassador to the US and a few others). This politician always frequented a very cosmopolitan restaurant in Lapa, which was known as Senadinho, since it was a meeting point for most politicians in this period.
ORIGIN OF THE DISH
The usual dish was: a filet seasoned with lots of garlic, accompanied by rice, Portuguese potatoes (round) and egg crumbs. It’s really mouth-watering! Everyone was observing Oswaldo’s request and began to request the same. It became so famous that it was eventually incorporated into the house menu. It was so successful that it became a tribute to Oswaldo Aranha.
Would you like to visit a traditional fair with many handcrafted and natural products in one of the oldest neighborhoods in Rio de Janeiro? Join our Food Tour in Glória Neighborhood!
We will take you to Outeiro da Gloria and visit the church, we will take a beautiful tour of the Glory Fair and there we will have some products tasting at the fair.
LEÃO VELOSO SOUP
Another personality that won dish in his honor! Leão Veloso Soup is part of the Rio Minho Restaurant menu, which is Rio de Janeiro’s historical heritage. The establishment has been operating since 1884 at Ouvidor Street number 10 and specializes in seafood.
WHO WAS LEÃO VELOSO?
Pedro Leão Veloso was a frequent visitor to Rio Minho and as Minister of Foreign Relations of Brazil, that traveled the world. The ambassador on a trip to Marseille, French city on the Mediterranean coast experienced the Bouillabaisse.
ORIGIN OF THE DISH
This is a typical French cuisine broth prepared with various types of fish. Originally the recipe is a popular dish of local fishermen, as it uses lower value fish in its preparation.
Leão Veloso simply loved the dish and returning to Brazil in 1940 encouraged the owner of Rio Minho at the time to prepare the recipe with adaptations to Brazilian cuisine. It was a success, became the restaurant’s flagship and earned tribute to the supporter. It’s worth a try if you like fish!
This recipe is requested to accompany a very cold beer or that caipirinha, at happy hour after work and weekends. Fried sardines are a typical dish in bars and pubs, as fat decreases the effect of alcohol on the body. With that, a beer after work is released!
In the recipe the fish is cleaned, then brushed with egg yolk, breaded in cornmeal and then fried. Side dishes are served: white rice and lemon pieces. Very good!
STEAK WITH FRENCH FRIES
You will not find a combination that is more popular than steak and chips on the Brazilian table. In Rio de Janeiro is no different. This dish is found in every corner of the city from the North Zone to the South Zone, including pubs, there is a nice choice of steak and chips. It is also one of the options of the weekly menu of cariocas. After all it is a dish of simple preparation.
Traditionally the dish consists of beef and chips, black beans (again Cariocas do not live up to carioca beans), white rice. Some places serve with lettuce salad and tomatoes.
Not everyone likes beef so some establishments have created dish variations with chicken steak options and even breaded steak. No matter, choose the option you like best and go with this delicious dish.
CALDO VERDE (Green Broth)
We know that Rio de Janeiro is not famous for its low temperatures, but a broth is good sometimes? The broth had its origin in the fifteenth century north of Portugal in the region of Minho.
The recipe was changing according to the regions where it was prepared. It is also a recipe brought to Brazil by the Portuguese influence in the country.
The traditional Portuguese recipe is made with cabbage, typical of Portugal, being a traditional dish on winter evenings. For our 40 degree Rio, the recipe is especially successful for those looking for lighter dining options.
Green broth is a type of soup whose main ingredients are cabbage and potatoes, and can also be used cassava, cubes of smoked sausage and spices to prepare the broth. A good option is to drink wine to accompany the broth. Looks delicious!
PICADINHO DE CARNE CARIOCA (Minced of Carioca Meat)
This is an easy and delicious dish that makes up the weekly menu of carioca. It was created in 1950, being a variation of the typical Portuguese stew. Can be used in this dish cuts of filet mignon, rib or flank steak.
The mincemeat is a traditional recipe and simple preparation. The side dishes are: white rice, poached egg, breaded banana, farofa and some sauces.
STREET HOT DOG
This option you can be find all over Brazil, but of course, each state has its variations. We’ll introduce you to the typical carioca hot dog.
OPTIONS AND SIDES
First of all, here you can choose meat: two different types of sausage. The side dishes are: green corn, peas, potato chips, grated cheese, quail eggs, olives and raisins. A lot!
This is the combination of late night or late work, when hunger is screaming and money is short. What do you think?
Tradition at Christmas dinner, can not be missing in the table of Rio. This is a recipe that reuses the broken breads. According to historians, the dish is of Portuguese origin, which was brought to Brazil in the colonial period.
The delicacy recipe is simple: sliced wheat breads (baguette, bread or other options), soaked in a mixture of condensed milk with eggs, milk, vanilla and nutmeg or Port wine baked in the oven.
Then sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon. In addition to all this, are still served, dulce de leche, chocolate and some other side dishes for this sweet.
CURIOSITY ABOUT RABANADA
The french toast was also known by another name: the “Parida slice” (Parida is the woman that just gave birth). It was believed this candy recipe aided in the production of breast milk.
Guys, there are a lot of other options that you can often find in establishments all over the city. This was a short list!
After so many delicious food choices, would you like to know some of the best bars and restaurants in town? We have a list with the best locations in Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, Barra da Tijuca, Botafogo and Lapa! Now you can enjoy the best option near you!
Bon appétit! 🙂