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Brazilian cuisine is a result of a combination of key ingredients brought by different cultures that arrived into Brazil. It all started with the colonisation by the Portuguese in the 16th century. During Brazil'shistory many other different nationalities introduced a variety of elements and dishes for example the Italians (pizza, pasta), the Spanish (tapas, empanadillas - empadinhas), the Arabs (spiha, lamb, kibbeh), the Chinese and Japanese (wontons – sushi and pastels).