There’s a market in Plano that’s a one-way culinary ticket to Brazil. Hidden in plain sight, Kiosk Brazil is in a nondescript strip mall on the northeast corner of Alma and Parker Roads.
At first glance, you might find this space a little sparse compared to the crowded grocery chains we’re used to. But what store owner Marta Teixeira and her family have figured out is that as long as you have what your key customers are looking for, or (especially in my case) can’t stop thinking about, you have everything you need. you need. And in that regard, Kiosk Brazil is full of delicious, bold Brazilian classics that proudly represent the country’s vibrant culture.
North Texans have had more opportunities to savor Brazilian cuisine lately, with the opening of the modern Brazilian restaurant Meridian in The Village, run by chef Junior Borges, and the proliferation of Brazilian steakhouses.
But most Kiosk Brazil buyers are Brazilians and they arrive knowing exactly what they want. And that’s exactly why Teixeira and her family opened this market, which originally occupied space in East Plano a few years ago. But in February 2022, they moved to the current Plano location.
“I realized that Brazilians here in North Texas have to shop in too many different places to try to find the tastes of home and the foods they like to eat,” says Teixeira, who manages the store with her daughters, Bianca and Bruna Desouza. “Here they can find many traditional dishes from our country to prepare at home. Or, they can enjoy some of the food items we prepare and serve here at the store. »
As a coffee connoisseur, I know that brazilian coffee has a loyal following. Kiosk Brazil has a range of authentic brands, but I picked up a 3-pack of Coracoes (Extra Forte) in dark roast. According to Teixeira, I made an excellent choice. The store also stocks this specific coffee in medium roast.
They also offer some of the best hot sauce I met everything in North Texas. They offer a variety of Piri Piri sauces and a Brazilian favorite – bright red Malagueta peppers, marinated in a simple vinegar that handles the heat level of the peppers perfectly. I regularly eat these delicacies with almost every meal. The heat impact is different from some more common peppers, and it’s a nice change.
Piri Piri sauces (often spelled Peri Peri by some brands) are popular in many countries, and they are ideal for flavoring roast chicken, vegetables, meat dishes and eggs.
There is a small dining room at the back of the store, where customers can have a cup of Brazilian coffee and a sweet or savory pastry. They even offer refreshing handicrafts acai parfaits with your choice of four toppings. I had mine topped with sweetened condensed milk, granola, strawberries and banana slices. The crunch of sweet and salty granola and the sweetness but tartness of the acai berry mix were accentuated by the creaminess of condensed milk and finished with the freshness of sliced strawberries and perfectly ripe bananas. It was wonderful. It could be a meal replacement! And Teixeira prepared it herself with precision and art. It was almost too good to eat, but I ate it anyway.
But by nature, I’m a lover of savory bites, and Kiosk Brazil’s salted menu offers many appetizing options. The cafe staff taught me the differences between the variety of croquettes displayed in their heated display case. Frango’s Empada is a bite-sized, elevated, flaky chicken pot pie. Due to its size, in about three bites it was gone. You might want to buy two of these treats.
I also opted for a Coxinha Calabresa – a cone-shaped fried pastry/croquette resembling a mini volcano that bursts with the flavors of chunks of Brazilian calabresa sausage and melted cheese. When you order it, remember that the showcase is heated, so you can immediately enjoy it as it should.
But the Carne com Queijo, a fried meat pastry, has been on my mind since my first bite. It’s crispy, flaky and generously filled with ground beef and a hint of melted mozzarella. I found myself munching on every crumb of dough leaving nothing behind. These are made to order, so you may have to wait around 12 minutes. (Worth it.) The store also offers sweet fried pastries filled with guava paste and mozzarella cheese.
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In the box of frozen foods, you will find Brazilian breads filled with cheese and some traditional sausages. I picked up a packet of Paraiso Calabresa sausages, which have a salty taste often used to flavor longer-cooked Brazilian dishes like Feijao Preto, a cooked black bean dish, as well as chickpea stews.
There is also a section of the store dedicated to Brazil’s classic soda, Guaraná Antarcticaavailable in a variety of flavors, as well as tropical flavored nectars.
I am grateful to Teixeira, who was working at the checkout the day I visited the store. When she was not serving customers, I would ask her about various items. She was so insightful and she never personally revealed she was the owner of this hidden Brazilian gem until I asked her.
Kiosk Brazil is located at 915 W. Parker Road, Suite 300, Plano. kioskbrazil.com.