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A Brazilian cheese balls pop-up is coming to London

Written by
Tom Howells

Pão de Queijo. ‘What’s that?’ I hear you cry. A wheat-free Brazilian cheese bread, duh: a staple snack found across the country, made from cassava flour and cheese, a crunchy outside giving way to a cloud-like interior. Sounds ace, right? Right.

Well then, you should hot-foot it to Old Street station, because Druid Street Market’s eminent South American grub seller Dona Rita will be plying commuters and snack-savvy patrons with these cheesy orbs via a two-week pop-up.

The stall’s balls are made with a secret family recipe, perfected over 15 years. Here, they’ll be dished up with toppings such as cream cheese (yes) and strawberry jam (like a bastardised scone, they reckon). The kicker? They’re gluten-free, too.

Prices range from £2.50 for three balls, up to £8 for 12 (but clear your freezer: a bake-at-home pack is a mere £5 for 15). Estupendo!

Got your sights set on more than balls? Then delve into our list of London’s finest street food.

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