A beef empada or a shrimp empadão? You don't have to choose, try them both!
Do not get confused, they are not the same!
Before eating at a Brazilian restaurant, it is advisable to know the difference between ‘empadas’ and ‘empadãos’. The former are commonly known as ‘patties’ in Spain and other European countries. They make ideal snacks during the day and can be stuffed with almost anything, such as cheese, meat or tuna. Traditional Brazilian empadãos are like pies, also filled, but this time normally with meat or prawns, as well as vegetables and palm stems. It is a dish typical in the Miniero, Bahiano and Paulista areas, although its origins can be traced back to the culinary traditions of the Portuguese, Russians and Italians (it is not known for sure who developed it first). The popular Casa da Empada chain (www.casadaempada.com.br), with numerous restaurants in different neighbourhoods in Río de Janeiro, is known for serving some of the city’s best empadas at affordable prices. Empadãos can be bought by the kilo from most restaurants, such as Restaurante Fellini (www.fellini.com.br) on General Urquiza Street, in the Leblon neighbourhood. One of their most renowned empadãos is the frango y palmito (chicken and cabbage), although this is just one of many.