I wouldn’t call myself a foodie, but I appreciate good food.
Plantain and rice are two of my favorite things to eat (my followers on Instagram can confirm). I like my plantain ripe and fried like what Nigerians call dodo, francophone Africans call plantain frit and Ghanaians call kelewele (but not spicy). I also like it boiled and soft so I can eat it with ndole, a Cameroonian dish I love. In terms of rice, I prefer when it’s mixed with vegetables and fried (ex. Nigerian fried rice) or when it’s brown or red like jollof rice or tchep (Senegal).
I also like some street foods, particularly in Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire. Since I showed some love to Nigeria earlier this month, I figured I should introduce you to 6 street foods you can try in Babi (how locals call Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire’s economic capital city, sometimes) and 20 other street foods you can try in Africa.
6 Street Foods You’ll Find in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire
Sweet, ripe and fried diced plantain. The key is to use really ripe plantain so it turns out very soft.
Seasoned, grilled pieces of beef, lamb, fish, or chicken served with thinly diced onions and peppers.
Attiéké (ground cassava that looks like couscous) and fried tuna served with onions, peppers, tomatoes mixed with oil to create a sauce
Gblissi Tebil or Banane Braisée
Roasted whole plantain. It’s usually hard and not as sweet as alloco. It’s called boli in Nigeria.
Deep fried sweet dough balls. It’s known as puff-puff in Nigeria and bofrot in Ghana.
Grilled soft pieces of beef served in a baguette style bread with tomatoes, onions, mayonnaise and some pepper.
20 Other Street Foods You Can Try In Africa
Taameeyya – bean falafel – Egypt
Makloub – sandwich with thinly cut grilled turkey – Tunisia
Msemen or musamen – pancake-like breads
Khobz or Moroccan Bread
West and Central Africa
Akara – deep fried bean cakes – Nigeria
Chinchinga – spicy grilled chicken skewers – Ghana
Fari masa – deep fried dough served with sugar or spices – Niger
Grilled tilapia and banku – tilapia fish with a sticky, soft paste made from corn or cassava dough – Ghana
Suya – thinly sliced grilled red meat with powdered pepper (Suya) which can be served with onions and tomatoes
East and Southern Africa
Bhajia – deep fried potato slices mixed with cumin and turmeric – Kenya
Bunny Chow – soft bread with curry sauce – South Africa
Chamussas – Mozambique
Dholl Puri or Dhal Puri – ground yellow peas seasoned with cumin and tumeric inside a pancake – Mauritius
Fried Mopane worms – Zimbabwe
Kikomando – chapati with red kidney beans – Uganda
Mishkaki – grilled meat skewers
Mutura – spicy sausage
Rolex – fried eggs, tomatoes and cabbage inside chapati (flatbread, mostly eaten in the Indian subcontinent) – Uganda
Vitumbuwa (or Fritas) – deep fried sweet dough – Zambia