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Published: April 15th 2010
Today ah de go talk to yu about waitin ah sabi about chop na Salone
Chop na Salone
- Groundnut Soup, basically peanut butter soup, usually made with meat, chicken (since chicken isn't like any other meat ...) or fish;
- Fufu, a glorious thick paste with Play-Doh-like texture, usually made from cassava (NOTE: To be eaten with hands ... my favorite!);
- Potato Leaves, made from the leaves of sweet potatoes;
- Kanya, tasty treats made with simply three ingredients: Rice flour or gari, peanut butter, and sugar;
- Beans, black eyed beans, fish, onions, garlic and tomatoes (one of my favorite dishes na ya).
Overall, the dishes here are pretty spicy, cooked with lots of pepe
(hot pepper)! I have yet to try the pepe soup
... that should get your attention!!
There is a large Lebanese community in Sierra Leone. Therefore you can find lots of delicious Lebanese food if your taste buds are in the mood for something other than Salone chop
, ....ummm basically, lentil soup;
, diced parsely salad with mint and tomatoes;
, dip made from eggplant/aubergine;
, dip made of blended chickpeas,
tahini, garlic and lemon juice with some olive oil ... glorious!
, delicious "peasant" salad made with dried pita chips, cucumbers, tomatoes, parsley and mint;
, my favorite as always and something you could wake me up for, small deep fried and magnificently spiced chickpea patties!
So these are some of the things I have been eating, along with a plethora of fresh (and organic!) fruits and veggies, which seem to have 100x more flavor than elsewhere! There's also a lot of freshly baked bread to be found. You'll see people walking around in the streets with big bread baskets on their heads. Flag these people down and they'll make one of two kind of "sandwiches" for you: Bread with mayonnaise, or bread with sweet, condensed milk. Yumm-o
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