New to African Food?
If you've never tasted African food, you're definitely missing out. We have various dishes to satisfy different taste buds. I get a lot of questions about what to try first, what do I recommend, e.t.c. Well, let's dig in.
First off, let me say this, not all African dishes are spicy. We definitely love our spice, as a matter of fact, growing up, if my mother isn't sweating while eating due to the heat, she doesn't consider it spicy. lol!
At Forks & Fingers, we understand that everyone's spice tolerance is different. You'll find that for most of our dishes, you have the option to specify if you want it mild or spicy, and we'll make it accordingly.
What should I try first?
The safest dishes to try are probably our rice dishes because all of the ingredients used are items you'd recognize. Jollof rice specifically is undoubtedly the most popular rice dish in any Nigerian gathering. As a matter of fact, I don't think it's possible to attend or hold a Nigerian party without having Jollof Rice. If you've never had jollof rice, this is likely the place to begin, you can't really say you've tried Nigerian food if you've never had Jollof Rice.
Jollof Rice is best enjoyed with some Peppered Meat or Fish and Plantains.
Once you've tried out the rice dishes, our stews should be your next step. The most popular stews are the Egusi Stew and the Red Stew. The Egusi Stew is made from blended melon seeds, it's best eaten with our swallow options such as Eba or Pounded Yam. The Egusi Stew can also be enjoyed with White Rice and a side of plantains. Yum!
I doubt you can visit any Nigerian household and not find Red Stew. It goes with everything and typically made in a large pot to last over a period of several days. Red Stews can be made with a variety of proteins: Fish, Assorted Meats, e.t.c.
There are a few ways to enjoy these. You can eat it with Spaghetti, White Rice, or you can enjoy it with cooked Okra soup alongside Pounded Yam or Eba. You can also add the Red Stew with your Egusi Stew to eat your preferred swallow option. See below.
The swallow option is Eba. Stew: Egusi underneath and Red Stew on top W/ Assorted Meats.
One of my favorite dishes is the Pounded Yam W/ Egusi Stew or Pounded Yam & Vegetable Stew. Looking for a traditional and true Nigerian combination to try? Try one of these pairs, thank me later.
Until next time,
Your personal chef,