Fátima “Fafa” Langa was born in Espírito Santo, on the southeast coast of Brazil. Early in her adult life, she moved to New York City, where she worked as a tour guide for visiting tourists.
The buffet was transformed into Muqueca, which aims to give Americans a taste of real Brazilian cuisine. It uses a different kind of cooking that emphasizes long cooking times and indigenous tools. Fafa can take an entire day to make one pie filled with seafood and vegetables. She orders clay pots directly from Brazil to use in the kitchen. The Association of Clay Pots of Goiabeiras in Espirito Santo, which has made these pots for almost four centuries, is one of the only authentic sources for these pots.
Watch Neighborhood Kitchens online to find out more about Muqueca, part of Inman Square in Cambridge.
VISIT NEIGHBORHOOD KITCHENS