Monday, October 10, 2011

Pão de Queijo 10-01-2011

Location: Ditmas/Flatbush in BK
Time: 7:30pm
People: CEbert, his friends, RB, CK and myself

Feelings: I don't know anyone who knows more about culinary cultures than my dear friend CEbert. I have gotten countless tips on hole in the wall restaurants from him. He is well traveled, cultured, intelligent beyond anyone's belief, and above all, he has a great sense of humor and a kind heart. It is no wonder my mother has had a mad crush on him since they met at RB and my wedding.

After spending the summer on research in Brazil, he came back to Brooklyn to entertain his friends with Feijoada Carioca, the bean stew with pork and rice, which is the Brazil's undisputed national dish. Unfortunately it was long past CK's bedtime and had to miss most of the amazing dishes he created. But we managed to taste pão de queijo, Brazilian cheese bun, also a popular snack in Japan. Many bakeries in Japan including a popular donut chain, Mister Donut carry pão de queijo, and I remember tasting the mochi like chewy texture growing up in Osaka. Some bakeries even offer various flavors such as matcha, chocolate, and bacon.

Pão de queijo is usually made with tapioca flour, so it is a great dish for those who are looking for gluten free bread, however, it is so moist and chewy inside that you wont even think it's bread. With the crispy layer, it is a heavenly, gooey, and addictive ball. It's the kind of a ball anyone would want to be around all the time. So parents, stop going nuts over Ben and Jerry's Schweddy Balls. These are the best balls in town.


ALev said...

I so wish we could have come to this exclusive event!

Jenn said...

Oh! That cheese bun sounds good. Was it more sweet or savory? Tapioca flour has a grainy texture to it but you get used to it. I used it when I did gluten-free baking in August. We still have a bunch if you'd like any.

Yosh. O said...

I know- we missed you ALev.

The cheese bun was savory~!