Whenever I leave the UK I’m worried I’ll have trouble finding food I like as I’m a strict vegetarian (well… with the exception of pepperoni pizza of course). Before going to Nigeria my cousin read out a long list of Nigerian cuisine to me. I noticed a lot of meat was mentioned (!) but thankfully so was rice, yam, cassava and pudding… mmm pudding.
Below, I’ve listed my favourite Nigerian foods and drinks that everyone, especially Alice who is there, should try. So visit your Nigerian friend, neighbour, restaurant, market stall or book a trip, because what I’ve listed below is delicious and made my 7 month visit worth while.
Best drink ever. The only way to drink it is ice-cold on a hot day.
Health rating: good, if you don’t add to much sugar 🙂
The best breakfast around. White beans mashed, spiced and fried.
Health rating: not great, nothing ever is when it’s fried 😦
3. Egg stew
Like scrabbled egg but with chilli pepper, tomato and red onion.
Health rating: Egg-cellent
4. Tomato stew and rice
Simple and delicious. Spicy tomato stew and plain rice.
Spice level: you’ll blow your nose at least twice
Health rating: Stew-pendous
5. Chocolate Viju
Chocolate drink called Viju. Great served chilled on a hot day.
Health rating: bad, chocolate is never good unless you run
Sugar. 100% sugar. Probably why there is no recipe online as all you need is sugar!
Recipe: not found but I did find another lady who is looking for the recipe
Health rating: the worst thing for your health ever
7. Beans and Plantain
Delicious bean porridge served with roasted plantain = pure heaven.
Health rating: top banana
8. Fried yam
Yam pealed, sliced and fried. Also, sometimes dipped in egg before frying.
Health rating: not great. Fried food never is, even if you run 😦
9. Egosi soup
Egosi seeds mashed and mixed with other ingredients.
Health rating: ok-ish, if you ignore the amount of oil 🙂
10. Moi moi
White beans mashed, spiced and boiled in a leaf or bag.
Health rating: moi-vellous
Made from rice or guinea corn. Fried in a special pan.
Health rating: not bad
12. Kuli Kuli
Ground nuts mashed, spiced and rolled into coils or balls. Great snack.
Health rating: Cool x2