Esfihas

Esfihas

Description

Many of the aromas on the beach also come from the numerous food vendors selling traditional hot Brazilian snacks like cheese on a stick (which can be toasted crisp for you on order) and esfihas. The men carrying large boxes with names like Ali Baba across them and dressed in white Arabic-style garments similar to a twab or a djellaba, are esfihas sellers.

Brought to Brazil by Lebanese and Syrian immigrants, esfihas – at times spelled esfirra – are a popular Brazilian snack food consisting of flat bread and various spiced fillings including ground beef, chicken, cheese and/or spinach triangularly folded and cooked between the bread.