Neste post, nosso professor Ronnie vai nos contar um pouco de como tem sido sua experiência com a comida brasileira e qual é a diferença entre a comida daqui e a da Nova Zelândia, sua terra-natal. Pesquise no dicionário as palavras que você não souber e aumente seu vocabulário! Após o texto, há uma lista com algumas expressões usadas e suas traduções!
As a person who has been lucky enough to visit many countries throughout the world, I find that food is an extremely important (and enjoyable) part of a country’s culture; and Brazil is no different.
Coming from New Zealand, I am accustomed to a wide variety of food at my fingertips. My city of Auckland is very multicultural, with many immigrants from all around the world, and a strong influence from Asia and Europe. Indian, Thai, Chinese, Mexican and Italian foods are very, very common and easy to buy.
Before I travelled to Brazil, I imagined that the food would be similar to spicy Mexican cuisine. After I arrived, I was very surprised to discover that Brazilian food is quite unique and completely different to how I had imagined.
Initially, I found the staple diet of rice and beans with every meal to be very unusual. It took me many months to get used to; however, now I love eating arroz-e-feijão, and look forward to it with my meals.
In New Zealand, we cook with little salt and it’s more customary to add salt to the food on our plate. Therefore, my first reaction to Brazilian cooking was that it is crazily salty. Initially, I made the mistake of adding salt to many meals, simply because it was a habit to do so. Suffice to say I broke this habit quickly, although it has taken me a full year to become accustomed to the salt levels. Now when I travel back to NZ the food tastes like it desperately needs salt.
My absolute favourite Brazilian food is Churrasco – Brazilian barbecue – and my favourite choice of restaurant is a good quality churrascaria. In my opinion, Brazilian churrasco is the best BBQ in the world and I’m trying to learn how to cook it like a native. I think it’s a combination of the salt, style of meat with fat intact and cooking over a charcoal fire that makes it unique. When I have visitors from abroad a churrascaria is the first place I take them for a meal.
My second favourite Brazilian dish is the ritual of eating feijoada as a social meal. The combination of samba, ice-cold chopp, mandioca, and feijoada with all the condiments makes me really feel that I’m in Brazil. It was also interesting to understand the history/roots behind this national dish.
Pastel has quickly become my favourite Sunday lunch and you’ll regularly find me at Rio da Prata – a famous pastelaria in the district of Pirabeiraba, in the metropolitan Joinville area – where I’ll easily eat 3 salgado and 2 doce pastels with a glass of caldo de cana.
Living in Joinville, I also love the blend of German, Brazilian and Italian foods which are popular here.
So, in summary, my Brazilian food journey started with complete surprise and a little disappointment, but has simply gotten better and better as I tried new dishes and became more accustomed to the different styles of foods. Now I am loving the wide variety of foods that are truly Brazilian – however, my waistline isn’t.
– Teacher Ronnie
throughout the world: pelo mundo todo
at my fingertips: à minha disposição (lit. “nas pontas dos meus dedos”)
staple diet: dieta padrão
customary: comum (lit. “de costume”)
suffice to say: digamos que (lit. “é suficiente dizer”)