Emperor Dom Pedro II and Empress Dona Teresa Cristina were simple individuals, averse to any kind of luxury, and palace meals were characterized by frugality. The Emperor’s favorite dish, always present in every meal, was soups, especially a succulent chicken broth. It seems that this preference was some kind of genetic inheritance, as his great-grandmother, Queen Dona Maria I of Portugal, was also a lover of chicken broth, just as his grandfather, King Dom João VI, delighted in roasted chicken thighs.

The Empress Teresa Cristina and the origin of the Coxinha