The 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil has already sent thousands flocking to the South American country. This is a great opportunity for travelers to try the wide range of local dishes that are synonymous with culinary excellence, made by natives who have lived and breathed them since birth. Each region has their preferences, cooking style, and local ingredients, making Brazil’s food options vast. With so many to choose from, here are a few delicious options to try.
1. Pork Galore With Feijoda
How does a hearty stew full of pork, sausages, and black beans sound? While traditional feijoda can take up to twenty-four hours to make, Brazilians across the country can’t get enough of their national dish. Citizens satisfy their feijoda cravings on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and many prefer to get it when they eat out, because of the long of prep time. Cachaça is served with the feijoda to curb indigestion, and side dishes include orange slices, farofa—toasted manioc flour, rice, pork scratchings, and kale. One more thing, expect to find ears and trotters swimming in this stew, as lesser cuts of meat are the norm.