Three women work at a street shop in Copacabana preparing and selling Acarajé (typical food from the state of Bahia).
Acarajé is a paste of beans deep fried in dendê oil, filled with shrimps, vatapá and pepper. Typical food from the state of Bahia, some (lots of) cariocas love it – however usually with much less hot pepper sauce than the typical mix.
Acarajés are generally sold in street shops like this one, by Baianas (Baiana is the woman who was born in the state of Bahia) following their own original recipes. All acarajés are therefore unique in terms of taste, filling and consistency – These street shops are nothing like fast food chains that try to standardize ingredients and taste.
The title of this post refers to a classical Brazilian song: “O que que a baiana tem?” In a direct translation to English: “What does the Baiana have?”
Watch the classical interpreted by Carmen Miranda here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojo3I59Gn6c
Photo taken on 07/Aug/2016.