São Paulo - Sé: Mercado Municipal de São Paulo - Hocca Bar - Pastéis de Bacalhau
A Pastel de Bacalhau, or Pastéis de Bacalhau, is a codfish turnover or salted cod pastry. Portuguese in origin, the deep fried pastry, features bacalhau, or salted cod, bathed in olive oil.
A Bolinho de Bacalhau is a codfish cake or salted cod fritter, are one of Brazil's favorite bar snacks. Portuguese in origin, the deep fried fritters, often in the form of balls, are typically filled with potatoes, bacalhau (codfish), eggs, and parsley.
Hocca Bar, located in the mezzanine and in two stalls on the main level of Mercado Municipal de São Paulo, has been serving Paulistas since 1952 when it was opened by Portuguese immigrants Horácio Gabriel and his wife Maria de Deus Ferreira. Hocca serves many "lanches," including a very popular mortadella sandwich, but it is their pastéis de bacalhau, made according to a family recipe, which have earned them their reputation.
Mercado Municipal de São Paulo, located at Rua da Cantareira 306, is a 12,600-square-meter market hall hosts one of São Paulo's largest produce and food markets, packed with 291 shops selling all manners of vegetables, fruits, spices, dairy products, fish and meat every day starting at 6am. The 3-floor, 2-story neo-classical building was designed by architect Francisco Ramos de Azevedo’s office in 1926, and constructed between 1928 and 1932. Its scheduled opened was delayed by the Constitutionalist Revolution of 1932, when the uncompleted structure served as headquarters for the military and as a warehouse for arms and munition, before finally opening as a public market on January 25, 1933. Mercadão (The Big Market), as it is affectionately known by locals, welcomes around 14,000 visitors daily, and employs more than 1,500 people, which together handle about 450 tons of food per day in more than 290 boxes.