Have You Tried Real Tapioca?

On many street corners throughout Brazil you will see a small stand/cart with 2 frying pans and a bunch of little containers on it that says Tapioca across the top with various fillings listed below. Yes, the first time I saw this I was a bit surprised to see this makeshift cooking station.  Anyways, for the American’s reading, this is NOT the tapioca pudding you are remembering ie the cup of vanilla custard with little gross balls floating around…. Brazilian Tapioca is a kind of pancake made from manioc starch and water.

Brazilian Tapioca

Brazilian Tapioca

This ‘chewy tortilla’ (think a form of a crepe) can be filled with all sorts of items from ham & cheese to chocolate &  banana. Apparently it is very popular in the Northeast of Brazil where many people there eat it for breakfast, here in Rio I have found it to be more popular to eat as a snack or dessert.  While walking home, my friend wanted to pick one up for her sister (a cheese filled tapioca to be exact)… enjoy seeing how Brazilian Tapioca is made!

Tapioca produced by Pamela Granoff on WellcomeMat

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About pgranoff
Pamela is an international tech events planner and social media marketing strategist living in São Paulo, Brazil. After spending 6 years in New York, where she launched the Future of Local, an event which celebrates the people, technologies and services helping to transcend the meaning of ‘local’; Pam moved to Rio de Janeiro 2 years ago driven to help grow her ‘new’ tech community. In March of 2012 she organized the first Demo Day to take place in Brazil for the digital accelerator 21212. In November Pam organized the first Entrepreneur Week Brazil, a weeklong conference to help entrepreneurs grow a successful business. Since moving to Sao Paulo she has joined the Girls On It team and started her own C-level executive group. When she isn’t working she enjoys working out, photographing urban street art, blogging about new restaurants and exploring her new city.

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