Sabores do Brasil : A hearty gastronomical affair | Sunday Observer

Sabores do Brasil : A hearty gastronomical affair

Linda Giebing, General Manager, Hilton Colombo Residences and Winston Alexander Silva, Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy of Brazil
Linda Giebing, General Manager, Hilton Colombo Residences and Winston Alexander Silva, Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy of Brazil

Brazil – The very name of the country brings on visions of excitement and pulsating music and dance. Not forgetting of course the experience of enjoying the tempting food of the country which was a major attraction at the special gastronomic journey Sabores do Brasil held at the Hilton Colombo Residences in association with the Embassy of Brazil in Colombo. The opening night on October 3 was a mind blowing experience. And what a spread there was! The names of the special dishes were not straight-forward-ones to remember off hand, but the taste of the dishes was another story. This was a first-time experience for all of us and we went home relishing our taste buds and hoping we get another chance in the near future!

In his opening address to the invitees the Charge d’Affaires, Embassy of Brazil in Sri Lanka, Winston Alexander Silva emphasised that “we are happy to partner with Hilton Colombo Residences to promote a Brazilian culinary experience, to introduce our heritage and culture. The three chefs from Hiltons in Brazil will add to the authenticity of the Brazilian cuisine.”

The three chefs were Moreno Colosimo Executive chef of Hilton Barra Rio de Janeira, Felipe Moreira, Sous Chef - Hilton Rio de Janeiro Copacabana and Rodrigo Mezadri - Executive chef of Hilton Sao Paulo.

Most of the dishes featured included sweet potatoes, manioc (Tapioca) and coconut milk which we are familiar with. Cream of pumpkin with coconut milk was a delicious soup. Of course there was Cuscuz, Whitefish Moqueca, Galinhada - it’s a test for your imagination so I’ll move on to safer territory.

Brazilian Rice was a specialty, and so too Lamb Stew, Roast Pork, Chicken Stew with green peas, Roast Sweet Potato, Manioc cubes, Potato and vegetable salad with Mayonnaise, Roast Lamb leg... the list is long, but the taste was delicious.

It was full house on all days what with Brazilian dances thrown in – female dancers in typical Brazilian costumes complete with coloured feathers and sinuous dance movements, was another attraction.

The culinary master classes with the guest chefs we understand turned out to be popular. Quite naturally the desire to learn the secret cooking tips of each dish was irresistible.

If you missed out this time – then wait for the next one.


Brazilian dishes

Pix – Shan Rambukwella.

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