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Lifestyle : Taste of South America Special Report
1HERSA1 E019 iG5474797AA-231012 LATIN AMERICAN GRILL LIVE MUSIC & DANCING HARBOUR VIEWS FUNCTIONS VIVAZ Restaurant & NIGHTCLUB For your corporate Christmas party or New Years Eve booking with beautiful harbour views and live entertainment, book now as spaces are limited. Mention "Brazil" when booking and get a free glass of sparkling wine for each person in your party. 80 George St, The Rocks Sydney Tel: (02) 9251 4467 Fax: (02) 9241 5013 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.vivaz.net.au www.vinosonline.com.au u At www.vinosonline.com.au we invite you to enjoy the best selection of wines from Argentina and Chile at great prices delivered directly to your door. Discover our wide range of wines from world renown wineries including Santa Rita, Felipe Rutini, Luigi Bosca, De Martino, Errazuriz and Valdivieso! Call 1300 488 171 or visit our website for fantastic offers. INCABERRIES 100% ORGANIC High in Fibre and Antioxidants 100% Natural NO Additives NO Preservatives Use as a snack, on cheese platters, add to salads and breakfast cereals or in your favourite baking recipe. For all the information, recipies and where to buy incaberries visit www.incaberry.com.au iG5474735AA-231012 19 goodfood The Sydney Morning Herald Taste of South America Specialities in stock For those seeking authentic ingredients in Sydney, help is at hand, writes Ellen Connolly. Shelf preservation . . . Pedro Romero sells a range of South American fare. Photo: Anna Kucera SPECIAL REPORT FROM THE OUTSIDE, TWINS Video at Kingsford looks like a run-of- the-mill DVD store, but walk past the rows of movies, and there is a small, no-frills grocery section, stocked with food and drinks imported from South America. ''People can come here, hire a DVD and pick up food for dinner,'' says owner Pedro Romero, who also sells tortilla pressers and paella pans for whipping up a feast. Arepas, which are thick, oven-baked tortillas from Colombia, and the Colombian soft drink Pony Malta are the most popular items, he says. Customers also like patacones, also known as tostones, which are fried green plantains eaten as a snack. Argentinian-born Romero says the mini grocery business, which stocks more than 80 products from Colombia, Uruguay, Peru, Ecuador and Argentina, caters to the tastes of the local South American community and also helps bolster the challenging DVD rental business. At Tierras Latinas, South American football jerseys are draped in the front window of the Fairfield store, but a peek inside reveals the focus of the business is not sport but food. Shelves are stacked with jars of vegetables (palmitos, jalapenos, artichokes and botija -- olives in brine), red beans from El Salvador, yellow chilli paste from Peru and hot sauces, including Roccot from Peru and Pebrea from Chile. ''They're all made from the hottest chillies,'' Peruvian-born owner Miluska Quinteros says of the sauces. Yerba mate tea -- which Quinteros dubs ''South America's green tea'' -- is imported from Uruguay and Argentina and extremely popular, too, she says. Importation laws prevent the sale of Uruguayan dulce de leche, but she says an Argentinian factory in Sydney has started to produce a very good version, which she sells. Among the more unusual items is cochayuyo, seaweed from Chile, which should be soaked in water for 20 minutes before being added to soups or salads. ''It's very healthy and is good for the little ones when they are teething,'' Quinteros says. Jason Hill's passion for Brazilian food was inspired by his partner, Ana Ferreira, who hails from the Brazilian city of Porto Alegre. ''I noticed a lot of Greek and Italian food being sold [here], but not much South American,'' says Hill, who runs online business brazilianstylefoods.com. The first product he imported was Yoki Cheese Bread Mix, used to make cheese bread balls served in most homes and restaurants in Brazil as an appetiser. Since then his range has expanded to include Brazilian coffee, chocolate, green figs in syrup, tapioca pearls, cassava flour, sour manioc starch, flaked cornflour and guava paste, similar in texture to quince paste and eaten with a cheese platter. As well as running his online business, Hill distributes to restaurants, delis and fruit shops. His most successful item is the Brazilian soft drink Guarana Antarctica, which is huge in South America. ''A lot of people associate guarana with energy but this drink is made around flavour rather than the energy buzz,'' he says. ''It has a light apple-berry flavour and isn't overloaded with sugar.'' After numerous requests from his customers, Hill has started to import dende oil, a key ingredient in the famous Brazilian seafood stew moqueca. Mexican food is the primary focus of Marycarmen Aguilera's online business, Fireworks Foods (fireworksfoods.com.au), but she also stocks South American specialities, including maiz morado (purple corn from Peru), ajies (peppers), el pipi del mono from Peru (tiny, very spicy chillies) and guascas, a herb used in Colombian dishes. For those who want to recreate the Brazilian-style barbecue known as churrasco, Joe's butchery in Bossley Park sells South American cuts of meat. Owner Joe Papandrea says the most popular cuts are entrana (skirt steak), asado (short ribs) and vacio (beef flank). ''I'm seeing more Australians who want to create the Brazilian barbecue,'' he says.
Sydney Harbour in Spring