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From Brazil, with love

By Debra Samuels
Globe Correspondent / March 4, 2009

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As you enter Mundial Market, rustic clay pots called muqueca, named for the famous Brazilian fish and vegetable stew, are on a shelf. A Brazilian soap opera is playing near the bakery area, where biscoito de polvilhos, a soft white cookie, and pudim de leite, flan, are for sale. There is hot food to take out, including oxtail stew, kale, polenta, and fried pork rinds. A tray of coxinha, pear-shaped croquettes, stuffed with chicken and cheese, emerge from the kitchen piping hot. Friendly Herbert Rocha Jr., 23, son of owner Herbert Rocha, says these specialties are from the state of Minas Gerais in southeastern Brazil. A butcher in the back of the market offers cuts of beef, pork, and homemade sausages used for Brazilian barbecue. Aisles are filled with lots of products from home, which makes Mundial's customers who know the Minas Gerais traditions happy. Mundial Market, 624 Somerville Ave., Somerville, 617-776-4200.