Coxinha – The most famous Brazilian “salgado”
If you have a Brazilian friend, they probably already asked you if you’ve tried a Coxinha while in Brazil. Coxinha is one of the most popular food in the country and you can find it in any snack bar of café. It’s a fried delicious piece of heaven one must absolutely try in their first visit to Brazil.
Coxinha is one of the many “salgados” eaten by Brazilians as a snack or party food. Salgados are basically snacks made of fried or baked dough with many kinds of stuffing. The Coxinha itself is made of a potato and flour dough filled with shredded chicken meat and then fried. There are lots of variations for the filling, but it usually consists of shredded chicken, onions, parsley and scallions, pepper, tomato sauce, and, occasionally, catupiry cheese.
The dough is usually shaped to resemble a chicken thigh – as you may have realized if you have little knowledge of Portuguese, Coxinha literally means “little thigh”. You can even find places that sell this delicious food filled with a whole chicken thigh with its bone sticking out of the dough. They are not so easy to find nowadays, but it still is definitely some people’s favorite.
If you haven’t tried it so far, don’t waste any more time… Look for the closer café and ask for one. Or, if you’re a good cook, just search for an online recipe and try to make it yourself – it’s not that hard, really.
As you can possible imagine, Coxinha is very caloric, but hey… We can also run at the beach and burn those calories while enjoying the beautiful view Rio de Janeiro has to offer us right?
And if you’re interested to learn more about those greasy delicious bombs of flavors we have in Brazil, there are other “salgados” you must try as well. Shrimp rissole, quibe, bolinha de queijo, joelho and pastel are the most famous ones besides Coxinha. You won’t regret tasting it. They’re all delicious.