Brazil: Pastel from Drunk Munchies Around the World (Slideshow)

Drunk Munchies Around the World (Slideshow)

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Brazil: Pastel

Served with a sweet or savory filling, these fried stall snacks are a late-night staple in Brazil. Said to have originated as a South American adaptation of fried wontons introduced by Japanese immigrants, the present-day pastel can include anything from ground meat and mozzarella or heart of palm and cream cheese, to jam, chocolate, or banana for those with a sweeter tooth.