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    wale
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    Hi guys.

    Which popular African food can I eat while abroad? I am hungry for traditional food from Africa and I plan to have the best of experience. Any suggestions?

    #6485

    Odanye Hezekiah
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    Have you tried Fufu with Banga soup mixed with fish, snail, meat and other accessories (that’s my name for crayfish, crabs, cow skin, etc.)

    You won’t regret it. Visit the nearest Nigerian kitchen in your vicinity.

    Another option will be pounded yam and egusi stew. I prefer Efo (vegetable) stew.

    Other Nigerian dishes to try include Garri plus okra soup mixed with goat meat and decorated with heavily spice Catfish.

     

    #6486

    Odanye Hezekiah
    Keymaster

    Here is a list of the best 7 African foods to eat:

    1) Couscous
    A staple of the northern African cuisine and arguably one of the most widely popular foods is the Couscous.

    They are small granules of wheat, that are the basis of the Arab-African cuisine just like rice is for eastern Asian cuisine. Traditionally they are served with a stew of vegetables or meat and they are cooked in a special food steamer with two chambers: the lower having the boiling stew while the upper (the couscous) is cooked by absorbing the flavored steam.

    2) Acaraje
    Acaraje is a popular dish often served as fast food in the western coast of Africa (and also in Brazil as African slaves took the recipe there with them).

    They are deep-fried balls of mashed beans, served with bread or cereal puddings in Africa.

    Mostly served as a breakfast dish.

    3)  Bobotie
    A famous South-African dish based on minced meat with spices (chili, ginger, and curry are commonly used) and is topped with beaten eggs that create a rich, creamy and delicious topping.

    It is not uncommon to add in the mixture tastes that are sweet, like brown sugar, cinnamon, and orange leaves.

    4) Brik
    Another Northern African food, and more specifically pastry.

    A tasty dish from Tunisia. Once again it is deep fried pastry, but instead of meat filling, its filled with an egg, onion, fish (usually tuna), parsley and harissa (extremely hot local sauce).

    5) Cachupa
    Cachupa is the national dish of Cape Verde and a must try for any traveler to this beautiful complex of islands off the west coast of Africa.

    It’s a stew of sweet potatoes, cassava, beans, and corn, usually including some meat or fish as well. It is cooked very slowly to create a smooth and rich mixture with delicious taste.

    6) Cocada Amarela
    A dessert which is famous in Angola and is heavily influenced by their history with the Portuguese.

    It is a luscious cream made of sugar, egg yolks and coconut usually topped with some orange or lemon (or any other sour fruit to counter the sweetness of the dish.)

    7) Thieboudienne
    Thieboudienne is another Senegalese traditional dish consisting of mainly of fish, rice, and tomatoes (it is also common to have onions, cabbages, carrots, cassava and other vegetables in it).

    It is basically a yummy stew made of fish instead of the usual meat that western cooking prefers!

    8) Shakshouka
    Shakshouka is another dish that any traveler visiting the Arabian part of Africa should definitely try. It is consisting of poached eggs served with a rich tomato sauce with chili peppers,

    It consists of poached eggs served with a rich tomato sauce with chili peppers, cumin, and onion. Once again a spicy dish, but if you are into that kind of food you will be more than happy with it!

    Once again a spicy dish, but if you are into that kind of food you will be more than happy with it!

    9) Kedjenou
    Kedjenou is a traditional African food which originated from the Cote d’Ivoire.

    It’s a poultry stew (chicken or guinea hen) with a variety of vegetables which is cooked in a traditional clay pot called canari.

    The combination of the slow cooking and the local delicious vegetables created a dish which is delicious without being weird for the traveler in this African country.

    10) Ful Medames
    The last dish on our list about African food is the Egyptian Ful Medames.

    It is simple but tasty to the point of being addictive!

    It consists of cooked fava beans that are served with vegetable oil, onions, lemon juice, peppers and a variety of herbs ranging from parsley to cumin.

    The delicious fava beans serve as a base for the intensely aromatic flavors that accompany this dish, forming a truly remarkable outcome.

    #6487
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    Tiwa
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    @Hezekiah, nice list. Haven’t tried most of them.

    I can testify to the goodness of Mafé.

    Mafé is a popular West African stew prepared with meat simmered in a sauce thickened with ground peanuts.

    The taste is absolutely refreshing.

    I don’t know if you can find it in the US. But if you do, you will love nothing better than Mafe.

     

    #6488
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    wale
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    Thanks guys.

    Most of these African dishes are strange to my hearing.

    Will try of some of them during my next trip. Especially Shakshouka. Love the way it sounds.

    #6489
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    Titi
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    I don’t enjoy trying out new dishes when I travel

    I end up wasting the food.

    I recently tried  eating in a Chinese restaurant and I practically embarrassed myself.

    Now, I just stick to my lovely Joll of rice and Dodo with fried or pepper chicken.

    That’s more than enough for me. No more trying new recipes.

    Good luck @wale.

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