Brazil: Moqueca de Namorado

Namorado, which means boyfriend in Portuguese, also refers to the type of fish used in this “moqueca” which is a specialty of Northeastern Brazil (state of Bahia and surrounding regions).

While in Rio, I decided to show Lin Santa Teresa, an artist neighborhood in the style of Montmartre nestled on the top of a hill with breathtaking views of the city. After a grueling couple of hours in buses and metro trying to get there, we landed on a quaint restaurant playing live jazz in the middle of the afternoon. We had to make a stop and see what this place was all about.

“Moqueca” is a stew dish which can be served with a variety of seafood. The main ingredients of the sauce are palm oil and coconut milk, which give the dish a wonderful orange color. We had moqueca de namorado, which is fish, but I’ve also seen it traditionally served with shrimp and other seafood. I’ve only had moqueca once before with crab and it was simply delicious.

Here we are enjoying our very generous portions of moqueca…

…all while listening to some very jazzy tunes.

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