With the football fever of the World Cup 2014 about to kick off, I thought this would be a good time to post about our local Walthamstow Brazilian butchers and deli, Boi Na Brasa and Ki Delicia. Everything seems to be going ‘Brazilian’ from Lucozade flavours to Latin feasts at The Goose, but it’s great to see a surge of interest in Brazilian food.
‘Boi Na Brasa butcher and Ki Delicia cafe’ is a bit of an unusual concept – it’s like two businesses sharing one shop – but it seems to work. They’ve been trading since just before Xmas on Hoe Street near The Bell.
The butcher’s counter at the front of the shop stocks a great range of homemade spicy sausages (Linguica) at £4.99 per kilo. These are smoke cured, intensely ‘meaty’ bangers seasoned with garlic and paprika – a couple each make a good meal, typically served with rice, beans and salad.
There are Costela ribs and Alcatra rump steak on offer, but we go for the Picanha which is more like a rib-eye steak. This is the prime Brazilian beef cut, popular in all Churrascaria restaurants. Seasoned, grilled and sliced to share, it makes a fantastic steak & chips, beef salad or stir-fry.
At the back of the shop is the cafe and deli. They specialise in Coxinhas – delicious Brazilian chicken croquettes made of shredded chicken and cheese encased in a deep fried crispy dough, which is shaped like a chicken drumstick thigh. There are also Lebanese- influenced beef Kibbe and other popular Brazilian street snacks – eat in or take-away at £1 -£1.50. The coffee is strong , dark and cheap – about £1 for an espresso.
They’ve recently started doing lunchtime special including a drink for £5.99, and the Brazilian classic black bean and meat stew Feijoada is available at the weekend.
In the deli / shop they stock Brazilian staples that aren’t always easy to find – Manioc (cassava) flour, Farofa, frozen snacks including cheese bread ‘Pao de Queijo’ and drinks including my favourite pick-me-up Guarana Antarctica.
If you live in the area this is a great place to get sausages and steaks for the BBQ, and maybe some snacks and drinks too before you settle into the sunshine and the footie.
Whichever team you’re backing – enjoy the football season!
Boi Na Brasa and Ki Delicia
40 Hoe Street