In Nigeria, we have lots of love for street foods. Although there are trendy restaurants trying to impress us with their luxury foods, we still find ourselves, loving street foods even more.
To learn more about Nigerian culture, its people and sense of taste, you will need to savor the street foods. Most Nigerian street foods are tasty and gives an unforgettable culinary experience. The top 10 Nigerian street foods to make our list are handy, low-priced and delicious.
Here are the top 10 Nigerian street foods;
# Plantain Chips
These chips are made either with ripe or unripe plantain or banana; they are thinly sliced and placed in the sun for a long time before deep frying it. They taste delicious and crunchy. Plantain chips are a crunchy snack in Nigeria.
# Gala and LaCasera
This is one of the best street food that has preserved the Nigerian race. At every street corner, you will find vendor selling Gala and LaCasera and even on the roads – traffic jam. The combination of this snack and drink is deeply satisfying.
# Boiled or Roasted Corn
This is a season food in Nigeria and whenever it comes out, you will sellers at every street corner selling either boiled or roasted corn or both and you will see Nigerians queuing to buy either one of them. Roasted corn are made by placing the corn directly on a heated coal. One has to be careful not to over roast it, as it will result to a bitter taste. When it is well roasted, the result is an attractive corn with a crunchy heavenly taste. Boiled corn have this sweet taste attached to it especially if it is a recently harvested fresh corn.
Suya is a well known Nigerian barbecued fish, chicken or meat. You will find ‘Mai Suya’ – Suya sellers at almost every street angle selling it. Suya is made from raw meat and a mixture of other ingredients. The spice used for the meat is a mixture of groundnut ,ginger and exotic ingredients and the smoke from the hot charcoal used for Suya barbecue gives the meat a unique taste.
# Agege Bread and Ewa Agoyin
Ewa Agoyin is a tasty cooked beans served with spicy stew. Wherever you see Ewa Agoyin sellers, you will see the popular Nigerian bread called Agege Bread. Most Nigerians love eating this food. combination. The beans is boiled till very soft. The spicy stew is achieved by frying grounded dry pepper, onions and other ingredients in a hot palm oil. The taste of this food is deeply fulfilling.
# Roasted Plantain and Groundnut (Boli and Epa)
Boli (roasted plantain) is well known tasty Nigerian street food. In almost every street corner, you will find sellers selling it. The combination of Boli and Epa is heavenly. Boli is made from riped plantain while Epa is done by frying groundnut on hot preheated sand.
This food is known as African Salad and it is a popular snack in Nigeria. Abacha is made with shredded cassava and other ingredients. The shredded cassava is boiled till it is very soft and edible. It is served with garden egg, fresh onions, and fresh Okazi leaves. The taste of this food is very unique. Vendors of Abacha either hawk it on the street or around some market angles.
# Puff Puff
This is a local Nigerian food. It is fluffy, spongy and delicious especially when it is warm. It is made with flour mixed with sugar and other ingredients it is deep fried in a hot vegetable oil.
# Moi Moi
This is a cooked bean pudding made from grounded peeled beans, onions, boiled egg, shredded fish and other spices. This street food is very delicious and it is either wrapped with leaves or nylon. The leaves wrapped in gives this food a special flavor and is even healthier compared to its nylon alternative.
Akara (bean cake) is a deep fried beans ball made with grounded beans mixed with pepper, onion and other spices. This food is a popular street food in Nigeria. It can be eaten with bread, pap, or alone. The taste is satisfying and unique.
These street foods have become Nigeria’s best food memories as they offer a unique local taste. Hmmm…now I feel like eating abacha!
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