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Back from Brasil - Tapioca Anyone?

Jambalaya | Aug 21, 200204:10 PM

I recently spent 2 weeks in Maceio which is a beach resort town between Recife and Bahia in the state of Alagoas. Just thought I would share this with everyone, since in all my world travels have not run in to this.

It seems the folks in that area are really in to Tapioca. In fact every night on the beach you would see little Tapioca stands set up. I finally tried one and thought it was quite good. As near as I can tell this is the Brasilian answer to crepes.

They take Tapioca which is ground to a coarse corn meal consistency and spread some on a hot grill. After a couple of minutes it begins to congeal and form a pancake of sorts. Any variety of fillings can be used from savory to sweet and each vendor has their own style or specialty. Once the filling is placed in, it is folded over and cooked a bit more then eaten like a taco or calzone.

This is strictly a local thing as many of the Brasilians visiting the area on vacation were also unfamiliar with this. Has anyone else ever encountered tapioca served in this unusual manner?

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