Gamba de Couve is a large town in the Brazilian state of Sintra. The name Gamba means "bay of many rivers". It is located on the banks of the Guarini River and is adjacent to the town of Souza. Gamba has been a very important port for those living in the region for centuries. In the past, it was a major departure point for those travelling to Copacabana and Rio de Janeiro.
Gamba de Couve is a popular holiday destination among young adults and families going on an adventure vacation. Because of its beautiful setting and peaceful atmosphere, it makes an excellent choice for a luxury resort break. There are several restaurants and bars where one can enjoy a wide range of different cuisines. There are several world-famous restaurants, such as those serving all types of exotic cuisine. The Emporer's Palace restaurant offers a tantalizing Brazilian meal that is made to order with a variety of ingredients. It is located at the center of the town square.
The Caucedo hotel is another exceptional location in Gamba de couve. This hotel is located just opposite from the elegant Emporer Palace. The Caucedo has a beautiful tropical theme. One of the highlights of this hotel is the butterfly show that takes place weekly. This attraction is performed by a number of experts from all over the world. The result is an impressive collection of butterflies that are suspended in the air, dancing to the rhythms of the music being played at the festival.
For some of the more unusual tastes, there are stalls selling a variety of cheeses and specialty drinks, such as the arroz de coco, which translates literally to "little sweaty donkey cheese". This exotic delicacy is usually prepared with potatoes, onions and garlic. This dish is best enjoyed with a glass of wine and a meal served in its native country - Brazil. This is one of the unique experiences in Gamba de couve that will truly leave an impression on you.
If you prefer your pasta a little bit more refined, then the arroz de coco is something that you will not want to miss. It is made with a traditional technique of combining onion, garlic and ricotta. The resulting product is a thick, rich sauce that is often flavored with rosewater. The arroz de coco is sold all over Gamba de Couve as well as other parts of Brazil. To get the authentic flavor, it is best prepared with the juices of fresh broccoli and cut into small pieces.
Of course, the famous Gamba de Queimada happens to be another must-try local treat. Locals know this local legend very well: if a frog drops from the top of the water, it must be good for you. This traditional Brazilian delicacy is made with corn meal, thin sliced mandioca, and egg yolks. The result is a delicious light drink that is full of flavor and has the added bonus of being quite inexpensive as well.
Last but not least, I have to include one of the most well-known and often underestimated ingredient in Brazil's culinary heritage: em Gua para. Also known as "black soap," em Gua para is made from crushed black petits fours, or wood chips, traditionally burned to make a candle. Em Gua para is often used as an ingredient in Gamba de Couve, or in traditional Brazilian drinks such as amaretto. One advantage of using it as an ingredient is that it maintains its original dark color even when soaked overnight in water. It also has a pleasant smoky flavor, something you might find in a traditional barbeque sauce.
There you have it - three popular enchiladas I can try at home. They are Gamba de Couve, Pamonha de Mulho, and Pamonha by Marich. If I haven't convinced you to try these Brazilian treats yet, I think I've struck gold!