Top 10 Foods You Must Try in Africa Biltong

Top 10 Foods You Must Try in Africa

Africa is one of the continents believed to have fertile soils and plenty of farming, animals, and fishing as well. All these contribute to wide range of traditional foods throughout the continent. Your visit there cannot be complete until you have had a taste of some of these dishes. What’s more, adventure usually goes well with riding, so if you are getting started with long distance cycling and want to try it out on your visit, then having the best road bike for beginners and someone to guide you comes in handy.

What you should keep in mind is that you will meet all types of terrain along the way; you need to have taken a heavy meal, which is usually in plenty. Therefore, you can make trips to different destinations, enjoy the delightful meals and have some fun out there; can travel get any better?

Top 10 Foods You Must Try in Africa

1) Fufu

Top 10 Foods You Must Try in Africa Fufu

This is a West African delicacy made of paste from such starchy root vegetables like cassava, yams, and plantains. Fufu is made by pounding these roots into dough-like and formed into ball shapes and then taken with a dipping soup or sauce. It is usually eaten by pinching the Fufu ball and dipping it in the soup. This is a favorite of West African countries, especially in Ghana.


2) Nshima

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Nshima is made from cornmeal, a popular staple food in most African countries, especially in Central, Eastern and Southern regions of the continent. This meal can be taken along with a variety of vegetables, stew, and soups. This delicacy is common across the continent to the extent that many of the languages have a name for it in different regions. It is ugali or posho in East Africa, sadza in Zimbabwe, pap in South Africa or fufu in Ghana.

3) Koshari

Top 10 Foods You Must Try in Africa Koshari

You can’t say you have had a taste of Africa until you try this Egyptian delicacy. Also known as Koushari or Koshary, this is a vegetarian dish of rice, macaroni, lentils, garlic and chickpeas combined with a spicy tomato sauce and topped up with fried onion. You do not have to go to an ordinary Egyptian home to get this food, as it is sold as rib-sticking street food and take away so that you can bump into it on your tour around.


4) Biltong and Droewors

Top 10 Foods You Must Try in Africa Biltong

Away from the Egyptian Koshary, there is something for everyone down in South Africa. Biltong is usually made from beef or game, which are thinly sliced and air-dried. If you’re from the U.S., think jerky, but with great spices. Want to make your own, drc Droewors on the other hand, are air-dried sausages. The meat is cured in vinegar, salt, sugar, and pepper and coriander spices. Both are eaten as snacks and are known to have high protein and low-fat content.

Here is our Biltong recipe:

  • 4-5 lbs silver side or topside meat
  • 30 ml salt (coarse)
  • 100 ml brown sugar
  • 4.2 oz crushed coriander seeds
  • 1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
  • 0.5 oz bicarbonate of soda to soften the meat
  • 1 tablespoon of paprika
  • 4.2 oz red wine vinegar
  1. Slice the meat into strips, roughly 1 inches by .5 inch strips and about 8 inches in length.
    Rub it in vinegar.
  2. Mix sugar, salt, coriander seeds, bicarbonate of soda, paprika and black pepper together in a container into a rubbing mix.
  3. Place the meat into a flat container, layering the meat.
  4. Cover the container with a cling film and refrigerate for half a day.
  5. Hang up strips up to dry in a well ventilated spot. Placing a fan on the meat will help to dry it in a couple of days.

5) Bobotie

Top 10 Foods You Must Try in Africa Bobotie

This dish was introduced in South Africa by Asian settlers. It is considered a national dish and is popular in most homes as well as restaurants. Bobotie is made of minced meat cooked with some spices as herbs, curry powder, and dried fruit. The mixture is then topped up with a blend of egg and milk, then slowly baked. This delightful meal can be served with cozy yellow rice and sultans (raisins).

6) Cape Malay Curry

Top 10 Foods You Must Try in Africa Cape Malay Curry

This is a combination of spices and cooking methods of the locals in Cape Town, Dutch and French settlers, who also came with slaves from Indonesia, Malaysia, and India. Talking of a combination of spices and cooking tradition, this meal is an all-in-one type of a meal. It constitutes of local produce and such spices like saffron, cinnamon, chili and turmeric to create curries and stew.

7) Chicken Piri Piri

Top 10 Foods You Must Try in Africa Chicken Piri Piri

This Mozambique’s delicacy comprises of African, Portuguese, Oriental and Arab flavors. It also includes coconut sauces, hot piri piri and cashews. It may feature seafood, which is popular in Maputo, or chicken cooked with pepper, lime, and coconut milk, garlic and piri piri sauce. It is common among visitors as chicken piri piri and is normally served with matapa (cassava leaves cooked in peanut sauce). Now, this is what you can call a traditional delicacy.

8) Jollof Rice

Top 10 Foods You Must Try in Africa Joloff Rice

When you visit Nigeria, the vast variety of cuisines, there may leave you spoilt for choice, but one of the few that you have to try out is Jollof rice and Egusi soup. A common choice in parties and festivals, this delicacy, comprises of rice, tomatoes, onion and pepper. It is served along with Nigerian favorite egusi soup (made with bitter leaf and ground melon).

9) Potjiekos

Top 10 Foods You Must Try in Africa Potjiekos

This is another traditional South African delicacy, made of meat and vegetables, common among the Boers. This meal is cooked slowly in a three-legged cast-iron pot. It is an easy meal to prepare, which is easily mistaken for a stew, but it is not a stew neither is it prepared like one.

10) Mealie

Top 10 Foods You Must Try in Africa Mealie

This is one of the dishes in the wide variety of South Africa’s staple food. This dish is usually made form maize meal, which is often served on the cob. It is also a quick meal when preparing a meal for many people. In most cases, this dish is served as mealie pap, made from ground maize mixed with other grains. This can be an ideal choice for a break when served with milk and sugar, or for a complete meal, you can take it along meat and tomato stew.

All said, here is the best part, with these dishes on board, no matter which part of Africa you are visiting, you will always finding something delicious and worth to remember about your visit. More importantly, do not forget to make it special and make the best of the warm tropical climate. In such a case, biking experience can be an ideal option for you.

Then you can take a good nourishing delicacy, either breakfast or lunch, and get riding. Remember, you can always get the wide variety of most streets, hotels, and restaurants along the way, leaving you with a broad range of choices as to wherever you may feel best to have you favorite African delicacy.


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Nick Soros
Nick Soros has been a pro cyclist and traveled around five continents for many years. Now he’s sharing his cycling experience and traveling tips at his blog ( Visit there if you need advice.

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