For more than a decade, cook Vângela Veloso has traveled twice a year from Sao Paolo to her hometown Pará in the north of Brazil with empty bags. She returns with peppers, jambu, shrimp, tapioca and other goods harvested in the Amazon. The bounty from Brazil’s north is then prepared by her and her family and served at their popular food tent, Império Paraense (Empire from Pará).
On a recent cold September afternoon, frequent customers Ana Rodrigues and her husband Alberto ate meatballs of mixed crab (Unha de Caranguejo) and wait for their favorite dish, tacacá, a mix of Amazon forest vegetables (jambu and tucupi) with dried shrimp and small yellow peppers.
Ana Rodrigues said that about five years ago, Veloso’s place was the only source of northern Amazon forest-based dishes they could find. Read More via Mongabay.