Latin American Festival
Sunday 7 June 2009 11am - 5pm
The Westin Kuala Lumpur
Xin Xin de Galinha - Chicken braised in a shrimp, peanut, and coconut milk sauce.
Cachaça (left) is Brazil's native liquor, distilled from sugar cane, and it is the main ingredient in the national drink, the Caipirinha (pictured on the right).
Guaraná is reputed to be a stimulant, to increase mental alertness, fight fatigue, increase stamina and physical endurance. Guaraná drinks and are very popular in Brazil where it is consumed as a health tonic. The guaraná berry has two to three times the caffeine of a coffee bean. The taste is mild, slightly apple-like, with a distinct berry after-flavor.
Brazilian Traditional Snacks
Salgadinhos are small savory snacks (literally salty snacks).
Pão de Queijo (literally cheese bread), a typical Brazilian snack, is a small, soft roll made of manioc flour and cheese.
Kibbeh or kibbe (also kubbeh) (Arabic كبة 'kibbeh or 'kubbah) is a family of Levantine dishes made of burghul, chopped meat, and spices. The best-known variety is a torpedo-shaped burghul shell stuffed with chopped meat and fried. Other varieties are baked, poached, or even served raw. They may be shaped into balls, patties, or flat.
Acarajé is a dish found in Nigerian and Brazilian cuisine. It is traditionally encountered in Brazil's northeastern state of Bahia, especially in the city of Salvador, often as street food, and is also found in most parts of Nigeria and Ghana
It is made from peeled black-eyed peas formed into a ball and then deep-fried in dendê (palm oil). It is served split in half and then stuffed with vatapá and caruru – spicy pastes made from shrimp, cashews, palm oil and other ingredients.
The Coxinha is a popular Brazilian snack, made also popular in Portugal by Brazilian immigrants. It is made from minced chicken and seasonings (occasionally including Catupiry cheese), enclosed in wheat flour batter, and deep fried. It is shaped to roughly resemble a chicken drumstick, and sometimes a toothpick is inserted where the bone would be.
Coxinhas were originally made with a chicken thigh, thus the origin of its traditional shape. The wheat flour used to make the dough is often prepared with the broth of the chicken, enhancing the flavor of the dough.
Coxinha literally means "little thigh", and it is how chicken drumsticks are known in Brazil.
Brazilian Traditional Desserts
Quindim is a popular Brazilian baked dessert, made chiefly from sugar, egg yolks, and ground coconut. It is a custard and usually presented as an upturned cup with a glistening surface and intensely yellow color.
Brigadeiro (Portuguese for Brigadier) is a simple Brazilian chocolate candy created in the 1940s, and named after Brigadier Eduardo Gomes, and its shape is reminiscent of that of some varieties of chocolate truffles. It is very popular in Spain, Brazil, Chile, and Portugal. The candy is usually served at parties and is very popular among both children and adults. It is almost a national mania, being probably the most popular candy in the country.
Brazilian Flag Stickers
Stickers of the Brazilian flag (measuring 8mm x 5mm) will also be available.
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