The food buzz in relation to tourism is at its peak, especially as the end year festivities close in. Families and friends will gather to celebrate the various holidays such as Christmas, and as tradition dictates, authentic and customary foods will be the top picks for many. Africa in particular will be experiencing an influx of tourists both domestic and international, seeking to revel in the continent’s beautiful and aesthetic destinations, as well as to sample its highly lauded cuisines. These are some of the land’s top food picks for 2017.
- Waakye – Ghana
Waakye is a rice and beans combination which is both delicious and nutritious. Usually served for breakfast of lunch with a typical Ghanaian spicy pepper sauce.
- Thieboudienne – Senegal
Thieboudienne is a traditional dish from Senegal. It’s made from fish, rice, tomato sauce and other vegetables. The name of the dish comes from Wolof words meaning “rice” and “fish”.
- The Ndole – Cameroon
The Ndole is like the Cameroonian flag; revered by children and worshiped by the elders. The Ndole is a mixture of spinach, fresh peanut paste, crayfish, shrimp, and beef preferably with bones.
- Ofada rice – Nigeria
Ofada rice is a specially made delicacy with a unique aroma and original flavor. Its rich brown coloring and exotic taste makes it a family-favorite across the country. Usually accompanied with goat sauce and plantain, it is the perfect combination of sweet and spicy.
- Nyama Choma – Kenya
Nyama Choma means “barbecued meat” in Swahili. It is always eaten with the hands and common side dishes include ugali and kachumbari salad.
- Rolex – Uganda
The Rolex has nothing to do with watches. It’s a favorite any-time snack or light meal in Uganda. Its name is derived from saying “roll on eggs”. It might be compared to a breakfast-burrito or rolled omelette.
- Injera with Doro – Ethiopia
Doro is a thick spicy stew served with boiled eggs as a local delicacy. It’s served with injera, made from fermented teff flour. The stew is piled on top of the bread, allowing the injera to soak up the juices creating a unique combination.
- Garba – Ivory Coast
Garba is the slang name for Attiéké. It is a popular dish made from Ivorian manioc sold in small street stalls usually held by men. It consists of Attiéké in a couscous shape and pieces of fried salted tunes.
- Chips Mayai – Tanzania
Chips Mayai is one of the most widely available and popular Tanzanian street foods in the country. It’s made of French Fries and eggs, or to put it more clearly a French Fries omelette.
- Couscous – Algeria
Couscous is a North African dish made of Semolina and is traditionally served with various meats and vegetables.
- Cachupa Rica – Cape Verde
Cachupa Rica is a famous dish from the Cape Verde islands. It’s a slow cooked stew of corn, beans, cassava, sweet potato, fish, or meat. Each island has its own regional variation.
- Biltong – South Africa
Biltong is a variety of dried, cured meat that originated in South Africa. Various types of meat are used, ranging from beef and game meats to ostrich fillets from commercial farms.
The festive season is a perfect time to break off from the usual day to day meals and indulge in some of these traditional dishes. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
Credit: Josephine Wawira