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Old 09-29-2011, 04:07 PM
 
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I've been all over town looking for this stuff and hoping someone who is either celiac or cooks a lot of ethnic food might steer me in the right direction.

I'm looking for polvilho doce (sweet manioc starch) and polvilho azedo (sour manioc starch). These are also sometimes called yucca starch or cassava starch. It's very similar to tapioca starch. I came close at Red Apple Market when I found manioc flour, but it's coarser than the starch.

So far I've tried Fred Meyer, New Sagaya, Red Apple and Natural Pantry. Any suggestions are welcome.
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Old 09-29-2011, 04:34 PM
 
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I've been all over town looking for this stuff and hoping someone who is either celiac or cooks a lot of ethnic food might steer me in the right direction.

I'm looking for polvilho doce (sweet manioc starch) and polvilho azedo (sour manioc starch). These are also sometimes called yucca starch or cassava starch. It's very similar to tapioca starch. I came close at Red Apple Market when I found manioc flour, but it's coarser than the starch.

So far I've tried Fred Meyer, New Sagaya, Red Apple and Natural Pantry. Any suggestions are welcome.
I'm not sure about the sweet/sour designation but tapioca (Manihot esculenta) is actually another name for cassava so you might want to research whether tapioca starch would work as a substitute in your dish.

Brazilian is oh-so-tasty. Good luck!

Edit: My hunch was correct... tapioca starch and polvilho are one and the same, see http://answers.yahoo.com/question/in...9032859AAo1XTm
Edit again: You can order it here on Amazon

Are you making Pao de Queijo?
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Old 09-29-2011, 08:29 PM
 
Location: Anchorage, AK
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I'm not sure about the sweet/sour designation but tapioca (Manihot esculenta) is actually another name for cassava so you might want to research whether tapioca starch would work as a substitute in your dish.

Brazilian is oh-so-tasty. Good luck!

Edit: My hunch was correct... tapioca starch and polvilho are one and the same, see Is tapioca same thing as polvilho doce?? u can make the pao de queijo?? which means the brasilian cheesebread? - Yahoo! Answers
Edit again: You can order it here on Amazon

Are you making Pao de Queijo?
I'm not sure where you could purchase stuff retail ..but I would give a shout to the folks at El Tango restaurant, and find out where they buy it. Fantastic restaurant btw (more Columbian and Argentinan than Brazillian, but they will know what you are talking about).
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Old 10-01-2011, 03:30 PM
 
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I've been all over town looking for this stuff and hoping someone who is either celiac or cooks a lot of ethnic food might steer me in the right direction.

I'm looking for polvilho doce (sweet manioc starch) and polvilho azedo (sour manioc starch). These are also sometimes called yucca starch or cassava starch. It's very similar to tapioca starch. I came close at Red Apple Market when I found manioc flour, but it's coarser than the starch.

So far I've tried Fred Meyer, New Sagaya, Red Apple and Natural Pantry. Any suggestions are welcome.
you can always order from Amazon!
Polvilho Doce: Amazon.com: Grocery & Gourmet Food
Yoki Polvilho Azedo - Sour Starch 17.6 Oz (500grs): Amazon.com: Grocery & Gourmet Food
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Old 10-03-2011, 06:14 PM
 
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Yupper...experimenting with Pan de Queso.

I'm not sure...I read in several places that tapioca starch and manioc starch aren't quite the same. Both are cassava but the tapioca is only part of the plant and the manioc is the whole thing--hence the sweet and sour vs. just starch. Further research indicates I want a mix of both the sweet and sour for the crust to form properly. I might give it a shot tho.

I looked on Amazon but it was $5 for the starch and $10 for the shipping.

I might try the folks at El Tango and see what they say.

I guess worst case scenario, I'll be in Atlanta in December and can pick it up there but I really wanted to give this a try soon. The wife is hounding me to make parmesan crusted pork loin. I thought fried plantains, cheese polenta and queso de pan would make a nice addition to the meal.
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Old 10-03-2011, 06:28 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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Wow... that sounds so delicious Tierial. Your wife is one lucky gal
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