Salvador Local Customs

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    Must try the local foods

    by DSwede Updated Jun 28, 2012

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    Acaraj�� from street vendors

    I guess I could have written this as a restaurant tip, but these can be found just about everywhere, from street vendors to 5-star restaurants. It is part of the culture, something that must be tasted to get a full appreciation of the area.

    If nothing else, anyone who finds themselves in Salvador (or Bahia in general) should try the local foods. They are wonderful mixture of styles, mostly influenced by the deep roots of the African slaves that were the backbone of Bahia's development. It is worth a food safari by itself.
    -Muqueca
    -Bobó de Camarão
    -Sarapatel
    -Acarajé
    -Vatapá

    It is such a part of the culture that a famous local musician (Dorival Caymmi) even wrote a type of recipe samba which partially explains the secrets of Bahian cooking. Partial lyrics from Dorival Caymmi's "Vatapá":

    {Portuguese}.............................. {English}
    Quem quiser vatapá, ô ................If you want vatapá – ô
    Que procure fazer.........................Try to make it like so
    Primeiro o fubá..............................First add the corn meal,
    Depois o dendê.............................Then the African palm oil,
    Procure uma nêga baiana, ô.........Look for a black woman from Bahia – ô
    Que saiba mexer...........................That can - stir
    Que saiba mexer...........................That can - stir
    Que saiba mexer...........................That can - stir

    Bota castanha de caju..................Add a little bit more cashew nuts
    Pimenta malagueta.......................Red pepper
    Bota castanha de caju..................Add a little bit more cashew nuts
    Pimenta malagueta.......................Red pepper

    Amendoim, camarão, rala um coco...Add peanuts, shrimp and grate the coconut
    Na hora de machucar.......................Then mix it all together
    Sal com gengibre e cebola, iaiá........Finally, season it with salt, ginger and onions, Yayá!

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    Baianas

    by e_crowe Written Nov 6, 2004

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    While in Bahia it is common to see this ladies dressed in white selling regional foods on the streets.

    It's an interesting site! And they're very popular.

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