Street food in Brasilia, round 1:
I had a fun experience ordering some stuff on the street this week. The total of this ran to about $4.50R ($3), indicating just how different prices are here than in Caracas for street food. But everybody tells me this is the most expensive city in Brazil, so I hope that part will be better in Rio.
i had Coxinha, which is a fried chicken croquette, shaped like a chicken thigh. The names of things aren’t listed so it’s kind of hard to figure out what things are. Also the prices aren’t listed so It’s possible I’m paying gringo prices when I point and order. Nonetheless this was a good, but brief lunch.
Here is the whole shebang, with agua de coca right out of the source:
You can bet there was picante nearby. I drenched this thing in it.
Later in the day I had a Caldo de Cana, which is straight sugar cane juice. This stuff is pretty dangerous, even if it is in its unrefined form. There is a saying about how this is the only thing the government guarantees for people in the poorer Northeast, and it’s based in just how much energy this drink offers. Also, it runs about $1R (75¢), so it’s accessible for a quick-pick-me-up.
Caldo de cana comes straight from sugar cane that is refrigerated. It takes about 2-3 minutes to make, in a masher that looks like this:
The juice is visible in the blue thing near the rear of the machine. That thing is straining out all the solids so that the maker of the beverage can pour a pitcher of the stuff into your cup.
Then you drink it, and it’s so good. And then you get diabetes. But it really is so good that you don’t even worry about whether you might have just slipped into diabetic shock. And you feel good, which is why the saying involves the government’s goal of pacifying poorer parts of the population with caldo de cana.