We return to Brazil for this week’s Dose of Vitamin P. More specifically, we traveled to Bahia by way of Melrose, where Sabor de Bahia chefs Reni Flores and Ilma Wright delivered seven different regional Brazilian dishes as part of the “Street Food Mondays” series, which convenes monthly at Angeli Caffe to showcase international cuisines that are rarely found in L.A. restaurants.
Feijão Tropeiro com Couve ($10) consisted of earthy black-eyed peas cooked with dime-sized cuts of smoky Portuguese pork sausage (linguiça), salty chunks of carne-seca (“beef jerky”) that thankfully didn’t resemble chew toys, gritty yucca flour, tomatoes and onions. The chefs topped the colorful mound with strips of Brazilian-style collard greens. Bonus: compared to feijoada, the multi-meat black bean stew that’s become Brazil’s national dish, Feijão isn’t nearly as heavy. According to Street Gourmet LA founder Bill Esparza, who organizes “Street Food Mondays” with Angeli Caffe chef-owner Evan Kleiman, the dish is an example of street food from the colonial city center of Pelourinho in Salvador. If so, it’s probably a good idea to book my flight now.
Sabor de Bahia doesn’t have a brick and mortar storefront but Flores and Wright are available for catering and can be reached at either [email protected] or 310 841 2729.
Dose of Vitamin P spotlights my favorite pork dish from the previous week.