Monday, June 01, 2009

Honeymoon Hop - Siri Mole & CIA

Siri Mole & CIA

We totally regret not making it up to the Northeastern coast of Brasil. The state of Bahia, known for their colorful culture and food is really the place to be. Boo to the hoo. To make up for our stupid planning, Dylan and I made sure to pick up some moqueca while we were in Rio.

The locals suggested we check out Siri Mole & CIA.

Siri Mole & CIA

Siri Mole & CIA

Siri Mole & CIA

We started off with Siri Mole & CIA's couvert opcional (optional starters). Most couverts in Brasil includes warm bread rolls and butter. Siri Mole & CIA's couvert, on the other hand, came with several clam and octopus appetizers which were simply stunning. I really loved the tender and juicy octopus. Dylan loved their clams. It all worked out to get our stomachs all juiced up for some old school stew to come.

Siri Mole & CIA

Siri Mole & CIA

Moqueca, a seafood stew, is prepared with fresh fish, shrimp, and octopus and is marinated in garlic, onion, vinegar and lemon juice. The seafood is then cooked slowly in a cilantro and tomato paste concoction and finally coconut milk and dende oil (red palm oil) is added for the finishing touches.

Moquecas are served with white rice tossed in coconut milk topped with a spoonful of manioc flour. For those who want to take this dish to the next level, you can add drops of olive oil that has been marinating with malagueta chili peppers. Use with caution. Haha. Dylan didn't.

Siri Mole & CIA

Thanks for reading!

Siri Mole & CIA
50 Rua Francisco Otaviano, Copacabana


Gastronomer said...

Clams! Squee! They looks so SUPPLE ;-) Bahia would've been grand, but there will be a next time.

JadedOne said...

I would kill a man for a taste of those clams. They look delicious! So plump!

weezermonkey said...

Moqueca looks great! Is there anywhere we can get it locally?

streetgourmetla said...

I've been to Siri Mole e CIA several times. They actually have a kiosk branch on Copacabana Beach now. That pimenta they make is pretty hot, for sure. Moqueca is a beautiful thing, indeed.


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