– Hey everyone, hope you’re
having an amazing day.

It’s Mark Wiens, I’m in
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

and favelas are a community
of informal housing,

which is a major, major part of Rio.

As you drive through the streets,

you’ll notice high-rise buildings,

but in between the buildings
and within the valleys

and literally on the sides
of cliffs and mountains

you will see, you will notice favelas.

Now, it wouldn’t be right
for me to not mention

that a lot of crime does
take place in favelas,

and some of them can be
dangerous in certain areas,

especially without the right connection.

However, the favelas are also,

there’s a totally different
side of the favelas.

It’s home to some of the most creative,

some of the most hard-working

and some of the most heartwarming,

welcoming people in Brazil as well.

So today we’re take you,
we’re gonna go on a food tour

of the favelas of Rio.

We’re gonna visit two different favelas.

We’re gonna eat some home-cooked food,

we’re gonna eat at some
street food stalls,

we’re gonna meet some amazing people.

I’m gonna share all the food with you

and the entire experience
with you in this video.

(funky music)
(food sizzling)

Guilherme, good morning.
– Yes, good morning!

– Good morning, Rafaela,
how are you today?

– Very nice, very good, thank you.

– Awesome.

Guilherme, nice to meet you, man.

Guilherme, Guilherme.


We’re gonna jump on motorbikes.

Helmet on.

All right, we’re off!

(speaking Spanish)
On our way.

(funky music)
(horns beeping)

You gotta really hold on because
these hills are steep, man!

What’s amazing about favelas is that

I mean, it is an entire community,

so it’s like an entire city within a city,

within Rio de Janeiro.

There’s businesses,
there’s everything here.

(funky music)
(traffic rumbling)

(horn beeps)
(funky music)

That’s steep, man!
(speaking Portuguese)

That last bit was so steep I was sliding.

How do I get this off?

I was sliding off the motorbike.

I have a new appreciation
for hills, they’re so steep.

Even just walking around.

Yeah, taking a motorbike is
a roller coaster experience

and then walking around,
oh hello chickens,

and walking around is, you get a workout.

I think it’s a community
jackfruit, they just split it open.

All the motorbike drivers
are grabbing pieces

and even people walking by
are just having a piece of it.

Wow, that’s very, very ripe.

It’s good, though, really, really sweet.

– It’s a pleasure to receive you guys.

– Thank you so much, man.

– I’m born and raised in this favela.

This favela’s the biggest favela in Rio.

I mean, like in Brazil it’s
a kind of city within city.

There are 300,000 people living here, so.

Welcome to my place, we’re
gonna hang out together here.

I’m gonna take you out to
some really nice places.

We have a lot of stores,
restaurants, so food is

what we have most here.

I mean like a lot of food so
they experience of all that

food being really nice.
– Awesome.

Thank you for taking us around.

– This is the most famous
cocina in the area.

– Oh cool, it’s one of the
Brazilian snacks on the go

that I haven’t tried yet
that I’m very excited to try.

(speaking Portuguese)

It’s in like a teardrop shape.

I’m like impressed how heavy
it is, how dense it is.

Like you think it’s gonna
be like an airy pocket

but that is dense.

Do you normally eat it from
the top or any way you like?

– From the bottom.

– From the bottom?
– Yeah.

– Okay.

– It’s, it’s a personal choice.

– Okay, he said from the bottom.

– Actually for me
traditions from the bottom.

– From the bottom.

Okay he says.

– You’ll eat all the
chicken first and then.

– And then more bread on the top, okay.

He’s the expert, he said
eat it from the bottom.

(gentle music)

Oh yeah.

That’s amazing, hot sauce.

The batter the outside wrapper’s
made from casava flour.

You can taste that it’s kind of gummy.

Kind of sticky and very starchy.

The inside is a mix of
chicken, it tastes a little bit

like tomato-y but mostly
just like shredded chicken

that’s just delicious, that’s hearty,

that is packed with chicken.

And Guilherme just came out
of nowhere with a bottle

of hot sauce and drenched
my, drenched mine in it.

Good with that hot sauce,
oh yeah that’s spicy.

That’s like vinegary, that
like goes up your nose,

that’s amazing.

Yeah this is some of the
cashew juice it comes in a set.

Comes with a coxinha
and some of the juice.

Oh nice, this is kaju,
kaju is the cashew fruit.

That’s the cashew fruit juice.

Oh man that’s amazing.

Just slightly fermented
case, very, very fruit,

very tropical.

Not too sweet.

It’s filling.

It’s so tasty, that’s really good.

So good man.
– Yeah thanks, appreciate it.

– This place is called
Sabor da Roca, Roca.

– Sabor da Roca.
– Sabor da Roca.

They’re so cool.

When you are here check
them out, come have a snack.

That was tasty.

– So in the favela we have
only one main street, that one.

It’s called (speaking Portuguese).

For the majority of people
live in little alleys.

We have a lot of alleys right here.

It’s the most, the most
dangerous thing that could happen

to you in the favela is to get lost.

It’s kind of a huge,
it’s a kind of huge maze.

– Most of the favelas, most
of the people live down

side alleys which are only
walking, only walking space

so we’re just going down
a side alley right now.

It’s, what’s amazing about a
favela is just the community

and everybody knows each other so you,

you know everyone that owns the shops,

you know you have friends
all over the place.

And so there’s a trust
factor of everybody that

knows each other.

Little barbershops,
little convenient stores.

Steep staircases.

You can get your pet food.

You can get your tvs fixed
and your appliances fixed.

And all within a walking
only little very small alley

with power cords running
right above your head.

Look at the art too.

These are like all the
people’s everything mixed.

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– So guys now we’re gonna,
I’m gonna have a surprise

for you.

We’re gonna visit a place
called Gate of Heaven.

(speaking Portuguese)

– 88 years old (speaking Portuguese).

(funky music)

You step out onto the top
of his house onto a patio

and it just overlooks
the entire valley Rocinha

all the way down into the
valley, all the way to the sea

with the mountains.

It’s like an amphitheater
and then you can see just

a massive rock face to the left hand side

and even more housing that goes up.

If you look around at the
tops of the roofs you can see

most houses, all houses have
these big blue water tanks.

There are services in this community.

There’s electricity, there’s
internet, there’s water

but it’s sporadic right?

Sometimes it turns off,
sometimes it’s not,

sometimes it just doesn’t work.

So then people do store water.

(funky music)

We’re on our way now to go find some food.

But then in the next favela
that we go we’ve also arranged

for some home cooking so
that’s coming up as well.

(food sizzling)

His name is Anderson.

He’s the chef here, he’s an amazing cook.

He’s friendly, he’s so cool.

(speaking Portuguese)

Let me just give you
a quick little tour of

this restaurant.

He does all the cooking
right here and it’s literally

like his home and then if
you come out the kitchen

you’ve got the little
bar counter right here

with the drinks in it
and a little bit cold,

a little bit cold.

And then you continue out
here, this is a little dining

room section.

There’s four tables set up
and then if you go up these

steps right here this
is literally the alley.

And it’s an amazing little spot.

He’s so friendly, the aroma of those beans

and meat cooking just
like goes down the alley.

I don’t know how you
could not stop when you’re

walking through here.


– Would you prefer here the
balcony or on the table?

– Right, moving out.

And they do have the indoor
section where you can sit

but he does have this is like the VIP,

this is the ultimate seating.

Bar counter seating along the alley.

He just sets the food
right in front of you.

It’s hot, it’s fresh, it is
definitely cooked with love

and like the, it smells delicious.

Try some of that beef first.

That beef rib.

Oh, it’s beef rib right?

– Yes.

– It’s so tender (speaks Portuguese).

Look at that meat, the jiggliness of it.

That’s just like falling apart tender.

(quiet music)

Oh wow.

Anderson, Anderson, (speaking Portuguese).

Oh wow these ribs are amazing.

Like they’re so tender,
they just fall apart.

That’s just, it’s
disintegrating in my tongue,

on my tongue right now (laughs).

Okay move into some of
those beans and rice.

And there’s a little bit
of like maybe like onions

in there.

(funky drum beat)

I love how beans are so common
in Brazil, I love beans.

They’re hearty, they’re
nutritious, they’re just good.

Also I’m gonna add in
a little bit of that,

that (speaking Spanish).
(funky drum beat)

Mmm, mmm.
(funky music)

The mix of starches but most
importantly that beef rib

is absolutely incredibly tasty.

He did just bring us another
plate of meat which is like

beef maybe like sauteed in a pan.

A little more like grizzly
texture to it but in a good

kind of way.

Just like salty, flavorful beef.

Gonna try some of that fatty, fatty piece.


Like it’s all good but that combination,

that beef rib, the tender
fattiness, will just melt

in your mouth.

You guys gonna head down there?

How’s the ribs man?

– Amazing, really good.

– It’s so good right?

– Yeah.
(funky music)

– Oh the beef man.
(funky music)

Followed by beans.

Fantastic meal, I’m just
loving everything about this.

(funky music)

(speaking Spanish)

(dog barking)

From here we’re walking back
down actually to the entrance

where we took a motorbike
up but first we’re

gonna walk down.

This is like underneath a
tree underneath a building

underneath the highway or the road

and it’s just a little
tunnel back here taking some

shortcuts I’m sure to get down.

This goes for all of Rio De Janeiro

and all of Brazil but
the murals, the wall art,

the graffiti, it’s spectacular
and it’s so colorful.

Definitely a faster route
than the road that has to

go back and forth switchbacks
is just taking the staircase.

(speaking Spanish)
(horns beeping)

Back out onto the main street.

This is the main street of Rocinha.

Sushi bar.
(engines rumbling)

Yeah yeah yeah, no.

Man these amphitheater views
with the rocks and stones

and mountains in the background wow.

Oh and the sea.

Just stopping in to buy some water.

(speaking Portuguese)

Awesome, awesome people.

This is their store.

It is just packed from
the roof to the pillars.

Everything you could need.

(speaking Portuguese)

Have a great day.

And we’ve just got some water.

Thanks man.
(speaking Portuguese)

Here help.

Tiny staircases leading to people’s homes,

little walkways, little pathways,
little like tiny spaces.

And then all at once you emerge
back onto the main street.

And then as you get to
the base of the Rocinha,

to the base of the
mountain, the base of the,

the community there’s
just more and more shops,

there’s businesses, there’s restaurants,

there’s supermarkets, all
services you could imagine

are all down here.

It was amazing to visit Rochina.

Thanks so much to Guilherme
for showing us around.

That was great.
– My pleasure.

– Meeting some of the
people, eating lunch,

eating some food.

Yeah, wow that was a learning experience

and it was yeah, cool man.

Thank you so much.

(speaking Portuguese)
– See you next time.

– See you next time man.

Thank you.
(speaking Portuguese)

We’re on our way to another
favela which is kind of

across town.

– Yeah.
– The other side.

– Yeah it’s located downtown Rio called

Morro Da Providencia.
– Morro Da Providencia.

And it’s another favela
where we’re gonna meet a lady

who’s gonna home cook us a
meal and she’s gonna cook

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what is one of the, it is
the national dish of Brazil.

(funky music)

We made it to a downtown area
and from here we’re gonna

jump into, it’s called a
kombi, it’s like an old

Volkswagen van.

Which is gonna take us up
the hill to the favela.

Oh yeah.

(engine rumbling)

And we are off.
(funky music)

(speaking Portuguese)

Okay, we’ve reached the end of the route.

Jump out here.

Thanks man.
– No problem.

(funky music)

– This is underneath an
abandoned or within an abandoned

railcar kind of cable car station.

She is gonna be cooking for us.

But she also maybe has
a bar called Bar Da Jura

and her name is Jura.


We’re following Jura back to her house.

So she owns that bar
underneath the abandoned

railway station, cable car station.

Now we’re going up to her house.

(kids babbling)

(speaking Portuguese)

Check out the Brazil logo, awesome.

I think we made it to the house.

– Going upstairs to show her balcony.

– Oh cool.

– It’s like a great view of the city.

– Another room up here
on the second floor.

(speaking Portuguese)

You don’t wanna fall down there.

(funky drum beat)

The view from up here like
180 degrees fantastic.

And again just the construction
of the houses just going

up the face of rocks, up
the face of the mountain.

And even, yeah this house
is four stories high just

because it goes up, it’s so steep.

(speaking Portuguese)

Jura is gonna be making
a dish called feijoada

which is, it is considered
one of the national dishes

of Brazil.

It’s an ultimate dish, it’s
an amazing hearty dish.

And something I didn’t know
before coming to Brazil

is that feijoada is a
dish that’s typically

eaten on the weekend, Saturday
or Sunday because it’s

a heavy dish.

It’s a dish, it’s one of those
dishes that you wanna eat

and then take a nap after you eat it.

So best reserved for the
weekend as a family meal.

She’s gonna get started now.

(speaking Portuguese)

(water splashing)

This is a dish that includes very hearty,

it includes beans, but
much more beans go in.

(speaking Portuguese)

Oh, cumin.
– Is that cumin?

– Pork is a major, major part of feijoada

but not just meat, but
all pieces of the pig.

She added in all the different parts.

There’s, you see some of the leg parts,

some of the hoof parts, some
of the probably the ears,

the everything.
(food sizzling)

(speaking Portuguese)

So that bacon and then she
just added in some olive oil

is gonna be for the farofa which is gonna

add some casaba flour powder to it.

That’s one of the staples of Brazil.

(speaking Portuguese)
(food sizzling)

And now she added in a whole
bag of the casaba flour powder,

mixing that in, working it in.

That is gonna be ultra flavorful.

Farofa is ready.

That smells delicious.

She like just had to like
slowly stir it so it gets

a little golden color without burning.

Her incredible cooking
expertise, she’s a master.

(speaking Portuguese)

(speaking Portuguese)

Getting a taste test of the farofa.

(food sizzling)

Oh yeah, oh it is hot.

It’s crispy, it’s so flavorful,

and that pork fat and the bacon.

Another dish that she’s
gonna be making is nhoque.

It’s called nhoque.
– Yeah nhoque.

Gnocchi, shrimp gnocchi.

– It’s gnocchi with shrimp
which is one of her specialties.

Potato noodles.

For the shrimp she mixed in garlic,

there’s a little bit of cumin,
vinegar, and lime juice.

(speaking Portuguese)

(speaking Portuguese)

And then into the potato
went two eggs and some flour

and that’s looking more
like a, like a dough.

Okay for the feijoada pot she added in,

she took off the cover,
she added in the ribs

and the sausage.

Put the cover back on,
now it’s gonna cook more.

This is some of the pork
crackling that she fried up.

Marinated again in some
vinegar, a little bit of cumin

and garlic.

And she wants us to taste it.

Oh, I bet you can hear that
crunch on the microphone.

(speaking Portuguese)

Oh it’s so crispy.

The crispiness of that skin,
that fattiness of that meat,

the flavor.
(speaking Portuguese)

She just hooked us up with
a couple spoons of chili

directly onto the crispy pork.

What a brilliant idea.
(funky drum beat)

Oh wow, a world class snack,

oh with that spicy vinegary sauce.

Now she wants us to
taste it with the farofa,

like dinner has not even,
the meal has not even begun

but we’re just like snacking
on the different ingredients.

She, she wants us to and there’s
no way I can say no to it.

(funky drum beat)

Oh, that combination.

Oh, Jura.
(speaking Portuguese)

The sun is going down
but she is still cooking.

The aroma of the food is incredible.

It should be ready pretty
soon but just take a moment

to appreciate, enjoy this view.

An amazing city.

The people we’ve come across
and the food we’ve had,

this is gonna be like one
of the greatest meals ever

in Brazil right now.

(funky drum beat)

Finally she’s squeezing
that potato batter through

the press and chopping
it off to form the little

bit sized gnocchi little bits.

I’ve eaten gnocchi many many
times, never seen it made.

This is my first time.

(speaking Portuguese)
– Garlic.

– For the sauce for the gnocchi which is,

it’s gonna be a shrimp sauce
but she added in onions,

then in some tomatoes and green peppers,

then some tomato paste,
then some coconut milk,

so it’s really gonna
be Italian, Brazilian,

but Jura’s own style.
(speaking Portuguese)

Then the shrimp goes into the
sauce, that’s gonna be rich,

that’s gonna be thick,
thickened with the coconut cream

and that’s gonna be
eaten with the gnocchi.

How much it comes from
her, how much she loves it.

She even dances when she’s
cooking, she is amazing,

an amazing lady.

That is amazing.
(speaking Portuguese)


Oh wow, she is taking
care of us like a mother.

(speaking Portuguese)


No idea what dance that is.

– No she was like is everything fine?

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(food sizzling)
(speaking Portuguese)

– Oh wow.

(food sizzling)

Then finally she also
sweats down some kale,

sweats down some garlic,
and some kale to go with

the feijoada.

In order to honor both the
dishes we’re gonna begin only

with the gnocchi so that
we don’t mix the two.

‘Cause they’re almost like
two full separate meals

she’s prepared for us.

The gnocchi with the (speaking Portuguese).

That’s her like signature
dish that she’s known for.

But then the feijoada,
she just knows how to cook

everything expertly.

Oh that is stunning.

Like Brazilian, Italian, home cooking.

You can taste the coconut milk in there.

Taste the tomatoes and
peppers simmered down.

The gnocchi just melts in your mouth.

And then the little like mussel-y
shrimp insanely delicious.

(speaking Portuguese)

That is just marvelous
in every single way.

(funky drum beat)

That gnocchi, unbelievable.

Finished my plate of
gnocchi before moving on

to the feijoada.

(speaking Portuguese)

It’s just incredible.

(speaking Portuguese)
(funky music)

She just might be the coolest
lady in all of Brazil.

Everything is falling off
the bone, it’s that tender.

All of the fat and then she
separates the meat with the

juices and the beans and
then she did a beautiful,

beautiful feijoada dance for us.

Shaking, shaking the meat
and you could just see it

wiggling, oh wiggling meat.

That cannot get better than wiggling meat.

(speaking Portuguese)

There’s nobody who could
make a better single plate

of the feijoada than Jura so we asked her

to make a plate.

Added everything perfect
with a selection of all the

different pork, the ribs,
the ears, the, the feet,

the gelatin-y bits, all things
included with the beans,

with the rice, with the
kale, with the farofa,

with the pork crackling.

Meal cooked form the heart.

I gotta begin with these like,

I gotta begin with those beans.

The gelatin in the, oh
man what is that little,

what is that little tube?

(funky music)

Oh wow, that is like the
most fall apart tender pig.

The beans, the starchy beans,
the farofa which has that

like crunchy starchiness to it.

The farofa is so good,
it’s so like crispy.

It’s like bread crumbs
almost, like a casaba.

With that bacon, everything
tastes like bacon.

Oh yes.

Moving on let’s try
another piece of this pork.

You don’t even need a knife, look at that.

These like bits of meat
just like look at this.

With some of the crispy pork
with some of the chilies with.

Oh man, it’s almost too good to be true.

(funky music)

It’s unbelievable, and what’s
amazing is also the different

parts of the pig because all
of them have different tastes,

textures, all of them have
different like jelly-ness feels

to them.

The, the fattiness content,
the porkiness, the beans.

The most beautiful plates.

(speaking Portuguese)

That’s a jelly fatty piece.

(funky music)

It’s stunning.

The only thing I might do.
(speaking Spanish)

I’m gonna re-juice, I’m gonna re-bean it.

And these beans are like
literally like liquid pork.

Drench everything in bean
juice ’cause it’s actually

like a liquid pork.

Oh, wow, that’s unbelievable.

(speaking Portuguese)

Dude, that is heavenly bean
juice ’cause all of those oils,

all of the collagen has
just come out of the pork

into the bean juice.

Oh dude, like, I was like
biting down way harder

than I needed to.

I did not need to give it
that much effort (laughs).

It just slides off the bone.

We have say a massive
(speaking Portuguese) to the,

to the chefs Jura and Eliana.

– How’d you like it?

– It was just stunning beyond belief.

(speaking Portuguese)

It’s beyond like, this is
home cooking beyond belief.

Like more comforting, more
comforting than you could

possibly imagine.

(funky music)

That rib!
(funky music)

I am sweating from that feijoada.

I am so happy, I am just
like that was a hearty,

incredible meal where every
single bite was just cooked

with passion and love.

It was such a good meal
in such a beautiful place.

I cannot even like, I just
thank you from the bottom

of my heart to Jura and
Eliana for cooking that

incredible home cooked meal here.

That was just spectacular.

And so we have come to
the end of the this favela

food tour of Rio De Janeiro.

And I mean it was just one
day, it was just a taste

of the, the life in the favela.

And learning about the favelas of Rio.

But again favelas, they
don’t get a good reputation

and they, I mean they definitely
are the center of where

a lot of crime takes place
and where a lot of organized

crime happens in Rio, in Brazil.

But that is by not even
close to the majority of

the people that live in the favelas,

that call the favelas home.

I’m happy that we were able
to show a positive side.

People making a difference
and this is an experience

that I’ll remember for the rest of my life

and it was a privilege
to have a chance to visit

both of these favelas today.

I don’t even know if I can
make it out of this favela

though after that meal.

I might need to spend the night here.

Oh man, okay.

But that’s it, big thank
you to Guilherme and Rafa

from Rio4Run, Rio4Food.

They run tours, they’re cool,
they make videos as well.

I’ll have their links
in the description box.

Again everything we did as well.

And man, what a day in Rio.

We’re gonna also be
traveling all around Brazil.

So I’ll leave the link in the
description box but you can

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