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Destino Brasil: Moqueca de Peixe

Moqueca de Peixe or Brasilian Fish Stew is a traditional dish typical of Bahia, Brasil’s fourth most populous state. This region is known for the rich African influences tied in with local culture, producing the unique sounds of Samba and the martial art of Capoeira. A coastal state, Bahia boasts seafood as a mainstay of the region’s cuisine and Moqueca de Peixe can be viewed as Brasil’s version of American chowder. The recipe includes peppers, tomatoes, onions, coconut milk, palm oil and a white fish such as tilapia. The dish is best served with hot rice, farofa de dende and fried plantains. Try making this for dinner tonight with an easy Brasilian Fish Stew recipe from the All Recipes website.

Stateside Brasilian restaurants in the know often feature Moqueca de Peixe on their menu, such as NYC’s Emporium Brazil Restaurant or LA’s Tropicalia Brazilian Grill. Both restaurants have received kudos for great taste and authenticity. Let us know when you try this dish and make sure to check back for more on Brasilian cuisine!

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