Salvador is a city for street food lovers – and it’s pretty much the only place you can find Acarajé. Acara is a fritter typically found in Ghana and other West African countries. There are only three ingredients: black eyed pea puree, salt and onion (that’s it!) and it’s fried in palm oil I’ve tried a few different versions – some were dense and others were lighter – but it was hard to believe there wasn’t any flour added. Enslaved Africans brought the dish to Brazil and then it became more of a sandwich, with the fritter cut in half and okra, shell-on shrimp, and hot sauce spooned inside. Today it’s known as Acarajé (eat Acara). It’s a street food that can be found all through the city, but so far my favorite was from a stand that had the most people waiting in line. It was freshly fried, crispy, fluffy and loaded.
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