Food is more than what goes into the mouth and belly. Food is alive in Africa. Food tells stories. Stories of migration, the evolution of a people, and even their independence. We have reached into the depths of Africa and have been able to find these 10 countries with the best food in Africa.
As a multiethnic nation, Nigeria has no “national dish” but a wide variety of dishes from the various parts of the country.
People have testified to identifying Nigerian foods from the strong flavorings and spices they contain.
Nigerians are known to be soup lovers who pair their soups with solids known as swallow, which can be made from a variety of ingredients like yam, cassava, corn, and even starch.
Two major elements of Nigerian local dishes are the indigenously produced red oil produced from the oil palm trees that are abundant in the country’s rainforests.
One cuisine that is found everywhere you go in Nigeria is the Jollof rice.
Made from a variety of condiments such as tomato purée, pepper, onions, and others, the Nigerian Jollof stands proud to be the best Jollof in Africa and the world at large.
2. South Africa
This list cannot be credible without South Africa in it. South African meals can be said to be quite complex and distinct. I think they can be referred to as afro-fusions, like the music made in Nigeria.
Due to the country’s history and experiences, European and even Asian cuisines have influenced their palates.
They are not shy with their food sources as they explore different ingredients ranging from seafood to game and cattle.
The South African has his own unique way of making steak. Made over an open flame, this traditional meal is called braai.
If you love spicy food, Tunisian cuisine is just the thing for you.
They have a unique blend of handmade pepper called Harissa, which has been passed down through the generations. It is made with many other spices, such as coriander and even cumin.
The Tunisians add this red paste to almost everything they cook, so the pepper is never missing from their meals.
Another beautiful thing about Tunisian food is its affordability. Their street food is one of the cheapest you can find out there, and I mean it when I say the price does not in any way affect the quality of the meals.
We see something similar in Lagos.
If you are visiting Tunisia anytime soon, I would recommend you eat couscous, a personal favorite. Now, this is a delicious meal made from steamed grains served in protein broth.
Mozambicans are known to be the most daring with their food.
If you think Tunisian cuisines are spicy and hot, Mozambique offers more. Trust me, this only makes their food very delicious.
Their own spice, called Peri-Peri sauce, is prepared with garlic, lemon juice, and the ever-present African bird-eye pepper. Take a moment and imagine the flavor of garlic and the tang of lemon in one blend. Amazing, right?
Their food, like the South African food, tells a story of fusing cultures.
It is the perfect combination of Indian, Portuguese and African. Their most popular dish is the Piri-piri chicken. This grilled chicken is generously swathed in the amazing sauce and then served with vegetables and a coconut milk drink.
Ancient Egypt has always been known throughout history for its wide range of spices.
No one said those spices have gone extinct. If you like having a burst of flavors in your mouth, then Egyptian food is for you.
The Egyptian herbs are so fresh and delightful. Their staple dishes are usually made of grains and legumes, which are grown in the area, and they are quite creative with it.
A dish you should try out is Koshari. This comfort food is made of macaroni, rice, and lentils. In it, there are onions and also tomato.
Moroccans are known for their amazing tea, which is said to be the finest in the whole world.
This tea is a fine combination of fresh green tea leaves, spearmint grass, and sugar brought to a boil. This tea is usually served in special glasses. Moroccan food has been known to be the perfect blend of sweet and spicy.
Who makes a list of African foods without including Seychelles? One word totally sums up Seychelles foods, and the word is delicious.
These islanders do not joke with their food in terms of quality. Here, there is an overflowing amount of seafood. They are close to the water, you know.
Their diet also includes vegetables and fruits. In Seychelles, you are sure to see something familiar or two; this is because of their interactions with the British, Asians, and French, amongst other peoples. A meal I recommend you eat in the Seychelles is the coconut curry, often served with rice.
This wonder is made with fresh coconut milk alongside curry, ginger, garlic, and other spices to create the perfect umami taste.
Although Botswana shares recipes with South Africans, their food has been known to be unique and distinct.
One thing you should know about Botswanans is that they love their meat, and they do well to explore all kinds, from wild to domesticated animals.
One of these days, you should eat the Seswaa. This meal of pounded meat is known to be prepared by men using only salt, water, meat, and cooking oil.
Although Togo is known to be one of the smallest countries in Africa, their cuisine is not in any way affected by this.
A Togolese would easily say their best meal is the pepper soup. As the name suggests, it is made with plenty of pepper, assorted meat, and locally sourced spices.
Guinea, too, has really good food. A very popular dish amongst them is the Mango stew. Yes. You read that right. It is made with other ingredients, such as onions, palm oil, and dry fish. Although I have not had this personally, my friends who have given good reviews and the pictures on the internet really do look mouth-watering.
Eat from Africa and listen as those flavors tell you stories.
Indulging in African cuisine is like a journey through time and culture, where every bite narrates a unique story of tradition, history, and the rich diversity of this continent’s flavors.