Sao Paulo is the undisputed gastronomic capital of Brazil. If you're still wondering why, why not find out what are the most traditional dishes. 

Often we tend to do the whole herb bundle and consider the Brazilian cuisine equal in all parts of the country. But whilst the traditional feijoada is eaten all over the country, there are dishes typical of the city of San Paolo and we went to discover them and to taste them...all!

VIRADO À PAULISTA

Cream of beans, rice, onion, pork steak, cabbage and fried egg. These are the ingredients of the dish Paulista really very full of flavour and rich. 

virado a paulista

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This is considered a poor man's dish due to the type of ingredients used but it is thought to give a lot of energy to be used throughout the day. 

On Mondays you can find this dish in every restaurant...it's tradition!

BAURU

This dish's creator, Casimiro Pinto Neto invented it at Bauru, a tiny city in the state of St. Paul. The Bauru is a sandwich of roast beef, a few slices of tomato, pickles, mozzarella, salt and oregano. Variants we have been introduced, such as the French version made with roast beef, gruyere cheese and mustard, or one with Italian Parma ham, sun-dried tomatoes, mozzarella and oregano. 

bauru

We preferred the traditional one. Mouth-watering!

SANDUÍCHE DE MORTADELA

A classic mortadella sandwich, at least this is what the literal translation makes us understand. You do not expect the amount of mortadella.

sanduiche mortadela

Judging by the amount in the sandwich, Brazilians really like mortadella!

The history of this dish has it that it all started from a dissatisfied customer who pointed out the small amount of sausage in his sandwich. The owner of the snack bar (obviously tired of complaints) began to fill sandwiches, as if to pop them. The result? Customers were all happy...And we too!

PICADINHO

If you arrive at lunchtime wanting a tasty dish that gives you the energy to face the last part of the day, then you have to go looking for a place that prepares the Picadinho. 

picadinho

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What is Picadinho? It is a dish of rice, meat cut into chunks, beans and last but not least, fried egg. 

It is usually served on Mondays in restaurants. 

PÃO NA CHAPA

pao na chapa

Even at breakfast we found something to try; The Pão na Chapa. Bread and butter basically, but served hot. Brazilians prefer to get it directly from the bakery because "how they do it here, bread and butter, they do not do it anywhere else," they say. 

CUSCUZ PAULISTA

The origins of this dish are typically African, but once couscous arrived in Brazil it became more traditional. 

The Cuzcuz Paulista is a dish made with onions, tomato sauce, boiled eggs, vegetables and bacon, but it is found in several variants. 

cuscuz paulista

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It is cooked inside a doughnut pan to give it its typical round shape, with a hole in the middle. 

AÇAÍ NA TIGELA

The Acai is a fruit of northern Brazil in the Amazon, and is rich in properties. These berries in fact promote weight loss, lowers stress levels and also functions as anti-inflammatories. 

acai

The Brazilians love to eat them blended in a dish called açaí na tigela. Açaí cream and other fruits garnished with muesli.

COXINHA

This dish is very popular in Brazil, but people in Sao Paulo love it. The Coxinha is made with potato dough and boiled or stuffed with minced chicken.

cozinha

There is also a vegetarian version or cheese and vegetables option available. In Sao Paulo they accompany it with a pepper sauce. Yum!