Street foods in Nigeria are like full course meals. They are affordable, filling and tasty. Find five of them here!
If anything should go global about the Nigerian culture and its people, the street foods should top the list. Nigerian street foods are tasty and never fail to give a pleasantly unforgettable experience.
Here are Nigeria’s top five street foods that should be made global dishes:
1. Puff Puff
Who has not heard of Nigeria and her small chops? There is no party without it and there are no small chops without puff puff. Puff Puff is simply deep-fried, light-as-air sweet dough balls, served alone or with sugar sprinkled over them. It is infused with flavour and can be eaten morning, noon and night. If you want to go crazy, you could cover your puff puff with chocolate, or if you want the Yoruba feel, add some pepper to it!
2. Dun Dun
Dun Dun is popularly a street food in Nigeria. It is basically fried yams and plantain and it is accompanied most times with ata dindin ( pepper sauce) or yaji (Nigerian suya spice mix). Dun Dun can be a variety of fried sweet potatoes, akara (bean cake) and Ojojo (water yam fritters), depending on where you purchase if from, but the constant is the yam and plantain combo. It may be accompanied by meat or chicken.
Suya is a must-have! It is best prepared over an opened fire at night (there is something about the moon that makes suya, well, suya!) and wrapped in newspaper. If you have not had a Nigerian suya , you have not had meat! Suya is basically kebab beef or chicken, bathed in deliciously flavoured oil and served with tomatoes, onions cabbage and cucumbers. Suya is definitely a citizen on the streets of Nigeria.
4. Ewa Agoyin
How does one explain Ewa Agoyin in words? It is flavoured goodness that takes beans to another level, especially when eaten with fresh, soft bread. It is a perfect hot food for a cold morning or hot morning or any time of the day. The beans is cooked until soft, then mashed and served with its trademark dark, smoky palm oil sauce. Forget the looks, the taste will blow your mind.
Our love for plantain in Nigeria is evident in its frequency in our dishes. Boli (roasted plantain) is a popular and delicious Nigerian street food, found in almost all the street corners. People say that the combination of Boli and groundnut is heavenly but its combination with pepper sauce and fish is even more so!