In honor of the Olympics in Brazil, but still keeping with the street food theme today’s recipe is pastel. Pastel is a little bundle of goodness filled with some sort of savory filling. The dish originated from the Chinese egg roll. Many Chinese and Japanese people were brought to Brazil as early as the 16th century. The pastel became even more popular in Sao Paulo in the early to mid 1900s as more Japanese immigrants set up bakeries in the area. Brazil actually has one of the largest populations of Japanese people outside Japan.
I have a love for the food carts in New York City. It’s one of the things that makes me miss living in the city especially in the summer. What’s interesting is that almost every major city around the world has some type of street food. In New York, there’s a long history of immigrants from Greece to Sri Lanka running food carts. The regional distinctions of the owning are sometimes reflected in the food. One of the most well known is the Halal Guys food cart, which is why this post is titled Halal Chicken and Rice.
After my last post street food has been the topic of conversation. One dish I love is Mexican Street Corn also know as Elotes. It’s a summer favorite. It’s sweet, delicious and plentiful during this time of year. I came across Mexican street corn (Elote) one summer and haven’t looked back.