You have not fully enjoyed your travel adventure if you didn’t eat the food available at your travel location. In all my travels within and outside Nigeria, I have noticed one thing common to all men. Everybody eats. So whenever I travel, apart from enjoying the Architecture and nature/people in a place, I try my best not to miss the local food.
People pay a lot to go on vacations and quite a number get there and continue to eat the familiar. Try something new. Its ’part of being adventurous.
Today’s blog post will focus on the local delicacies that I have enjoyed. I am writing from the angle of the man who just enters the food joint, points to the fish head or bush meat that he wants, washes his hands and sits down to enjoy his meal. I have not eaten everything in Nigeria so I may not be able to describe in details the different forms of food available or how they are prepared. I leave that to the food experts. If I do not mention your type of food don’t be offended. You can add that in the comments so that we can all learn and try it whenever we are privileged to see it
There are somethings you don’t argue about. You can’t debate the expertise of the Ibo man concerning “Nkwobi” a spicy soup usually made with cow leg. Or his skills when it comes to preparing correct “isi-ewu”, I mean goat head pepper soup. I am not talking of the commercial thing cooked in the cities. Go to the interior and let them give you the correct thing loaded with different spices.. You will leave the place with a big smile and have good dreams that night.
“African Salad“. Yes travel the East of Nigeria and let them give you “Ugba” and “Abacha”. It’s better than all these “fries” that people eat at fast food joints that is destroying their health.
The Yoruba’s know how to wake up your system with peppered stews. Anytime I travel to Abeokuta, I enjoy their “Ofada rice” because of the pepper. I just love it. Yes it makes my nose run and my lips burn, that’s the way forward.
At Yaba in Lagos, go to “white house” at Sabo opposite former Domino stores if I remember well. Eat Amala, pounded yam there. I can assure you that you will definitely want a repeat of the experience. You can thank or pay me for the tip later.
If you are a beans lover, I have not forgotten you. This reminds me of the days when I was living at Ijesatedo, Surulere. You want premium food. Go for “Ẹwà Aganyin”. “Na me send you” . Ẹwà Aganyin with its pepper sauce has no rival anywhere. If you now get the original Agege bread, you will agree that “life is good”. You can also combine it with fried plantain, yam and assorted meat.
Let’s move to Ibadan, ah don’t ever travel to Ibadan and not go to “Ìyá Alamala” Skyye Bank beside Bódìjà market. I beg you. Eat Amala, Ewedu and gbegiri and don’t forget to buy a piece or two of goat meat. It adds a distinct smell to the amala. If they have goat eye, you have a complete team that can win even the world cup. They will normally pour the soup inside the Amala. That is the traditional way. I always tell them to put the gbegiri and Ewedu in different bowls so thatI I can level each plate properly. These are the types of food you eat and you feel good and satisfied. Money well spent.
I am a Delta man and not a stranger to Eba and banga soup. Mmm, but nothing beats the yellow Eba and banga that I ate at Ekeremor, Southern Ijaw. At Buguma, the kind of native soup I ate , I can never forget. I mean native soup with mature “ngolo”, “ngbe” , stock fish, dry fish, periwinkles with crayfish. Don’t hate yourself. Show your life you love it. Try Rivers native soup if you travel to the Niger-Delta area.
In Port Harcourt, eat whatever you like but I beg you fellow travelers, please go to Circular road at Elekahia Estate and eat the Boli, pepper sauce and fish that is sold there. You won’t forget the experience.
The ijaws have a special food called “keke fieye “. It is made from Plantain, beans etc. The thought of it is making me hungry already. I am not an expert on food and nutrition. I can’t give you details but keep the name in your memory and maybe someday you will pay me for the advice.
Mmm, if you stop by at Warri please ask for goat pepper soup made in porridge dimension “ukodo”, or eat delicious Banga and Starch ( “Usi”). Yes you heard me well, starch, the same you use for starching your clothes. When mixed with palm oil and stirred the correct way, just look for banga soup to support it. You won’t regret it (Salivating). If there is no Banga, there is another soup called “owho” made from Palm oil. I mean these are delicacies you eat and you will not have anyone shouting over your shoulders “finish your food”.
Up there in Bauchi, Who can forget the Suya that I ate at Babale on Jos-Bauchi road. If you eat that Suya, you will not eat Suya elsewhere.
I used to think only the Èkìtì and Ijesha pounded yam so well. I don’t miss my share any time I travel through that zone. At Ado-Ekiti, how can I forget pounded yam and “okere” (squirrel) swimming in an egusi bowl. A friend told me that the way to know a well prepared pounded yam and okere is to watch the palms of the okere. If the okere is holding the pepper in its hands, that’s a sign you are ready for the ride of your life. (This got my wheels turning). Ok you don’t eat squirrel, ask for “ọmu eran” (goat breasts). Great combo with egusi and pounded yam.
At Benue, the pounded yam is another dimension. Man, it’s strong but after eating it, you are ok for the day. I mean, you can face even Goliath of Gath and you won’t panic. I can’t remember the name of the supportive soup anymore. I am sure if you are Tiv, Idoma etc you know what I am talking about .
As you go further North, from Funtua, Kano etc, taste their Tuwo Shinkafa. What of “Kilishi” and “balango” a different dimension of Suya. The aroma alone when it is being heated has no comparison anywhere in Nigeria. A Hausa friend mentioned “dambonama” Suya to me yesterday. He told me to try it in Kano when next I head up North. I can’t wait to go for it. . Whatever you do I beg you, don’t miss the yoghurt. How can you go from the South to the North and not drink original yoghurt.
Between Calabar and Uyo etc, White soup is another champion you must not miss.. I am not talking of “ofe nsala” that one has its own respect in the East no argument. I am talking of “afia fere” the Efik dimension. What of “Edikaikong” and the super “Afang” soup etc. For me, apart from the different meat/fish added please make sure they put “shaki” in my own if not the crew is not complete. I must however warn you that the hospitality, I mean courtesy with which they serve you may make you reluctant to go home again after eating.
Whatever you do or eat, please stay safe and eat healthy. What I wrote are just my experiences as at the last time I visited those places. So please use good judgement before you eat anywhere to avoid stories that touch the heart. The places mentioned didn’t ask or pay me to write about them. This is just what I know, so do what is best for you.
If you know about other delicacies that I didn’t mention, please write these in the comments section below. I highly value your comments because it helps me to know you read this post and also helps me to know if what I am writing is relevant to you.
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Benedicta Saroh · May 29, 2018 at 5:46 am
You have practically covered it all
Now I am hungry
There goes my diet😂😂😂😂😂
Ovyay · May 29, 2018 at 5:54 am
Hahaha, you made me start the day laughing . Beneeeee
Keji · May 29, 2018 at 5:03 pm
There goes my diet and fasting too 😝
Ovyay · May 30, 2018 at 6:15 am
Adediran Abiona · May 29, 2018 at 5:55 am
Nice experience, but you forget to mention iya Luke joint at Oke fia, Osogbo, and Alhaja iya Seri Ologun ebi. This at the joints for the elites.
Ovyay · May 29, 2018 at 6:11 am
Chai, I must not spoil the register. Can you imagine not including, Iya Luke etc in a write up like this. Apologies. Em, I fine you one pafun for not reminding me on time. Payable when I come to the USA.😜😜😜
Bdiva · May 29, 2018 at 6:00 am
Hmmmmm…pls some of us are fasting. .dont let us be dreaming about food…dont mind me though ..gosh cant believe is a man that is giving account of food like this …hmmm truly the way to a man heart is FOOD…😁😜
Ovyay · May 29, 2018 at 6:05 am
Haha Bdiva, just endure, by evening the fast will be over then you can now share with me what you ate in Ghana, Cotonou, Kenya etc
Jinuset · May 29, 2018 at 6:05 am
Great one here. When you visit Badagry, ask for moyo, akparan, tapioca, apan glacé, and step it down with the adoyo cold drink.
Ovyay · May 29, 2018 at 6:15 am
Ehen, Jinuset, I am coming to Badagry before Dec this year. I must taste that akparan, apan glace etc by fire by force. So, prepare for me o
Melody · May 29, 2018 at 6:12 am
I woke up to this appetite taunting piece.
We are no doubt blessed with assorted delicacies in this part of the globe.
Try take a trip to Benin and eat our plantain and owo soup (Not the same as Delta owo soup) made with dry fish, bush meat and snails. Even your belle go dance “shaku-shaku”. 😀
Good job! I’m always looking forward to reading your write up. Thanks.
Ovyay · May 29, 2018 at 6:19 am
Tsunami ma, you always make me laugh. Thank you for your comments. Next time I am in Benin, I must try una Owo soup. And if you are in Baffi, I am coming to your house to dance shaku shaku after experiencing your Owo soup direct.
Ngozi · May 29, 2018 at 6:16 am
You did not mention the Anambra Bitter leaf soup and Akpu. If you eat this combo early in the day, you can move the mountain with your bare hands. Eating this at night makes you sleep ‘ like newborn babe’ 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
Ovyay · May 29, 2018 at 6:23 am
Iya, as you mentioned bitter leaf soup, Chei, I am breaking my fast now. Don’t beg me. I say, leave me to break my fast. Bitter leaf, loiloi, that is answered prayers. No need to fast again nau 😂😂😂😂😂
Ovis · May 29, 2018 at 6:33 am
“The Way Forward” 😂😂…Is Ewa Aganyin
Ovyay · May 29, 2018 at 6:39 am
I trust you.. Ewa aganyin and the stress that follows it. Follow me to Badagry and Jinuset, will take you to the correct aganyin peeps😜😜😜😜
Kay · May 29, 2018 at 6:43 am
Wow! Woke up to this hunger provoking piece!!! How can you miss the delicious ‘dambu nama’ of the North? This is a very delicious dried shredded Meat floss that can be eaten as a snack or sprinkled over Rice, stuffed inside bread or goes along so well with Nigerian Masa.
The Tiv soups that go with the ‘waterless’ pounded yam are ‘genge’, benniseed soup stone-grounded okra and many more. Oh Daddy, guess you have not tried the Berom ‘tere’. Not forgetting the the Ondo well roasted goat meat-‘asun’ You will go licking your fingers and blowing your nose at the same time. 😁😂
Ovyay · May 29, 2018 at 7:32 am
Kai, Madam, all this one dey Naim you no tell me when we were at Bauchi together. We must go back there O to sample all this Berom tere and the ” delicious dambu nama”😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
Kay · May 29, 2018 at 2:03 pm
Hahahahaha 😁. No problem sir There’ll be a repeat by God’s grace
Ovyay · May 30, 2018 at 6:14 am
Yes and Amen.
Emmanuel · May 29, 2018 at 7:27 am
Perfect right right-up sir, never knew you had such an educative and inspireing blog. Keep it up sir. Let me go and be reading your previous experience to learn and know more
Ovyay · May 29, 2018 at 7:34 am
Kare jare Emma bass. I am trying small small. Thank you my beloved.
Busayo · May 29, 2018 at 8:07 am
Kindred spirit.. I definitely look out for the food every time I travel. I’m favouriting this post for future reference. Lol
Busayo · May 29, 2018 at 8:16 am
I remember a fisherman’s soup I had at ‘Mustard seed restaurant in Calabar. I haven’t recovered from it yet
Ovyay · May 29, 2018 at 8:36 am
Ehn, I am going to Obudu shortly by God’s grace. I have to sleep over in Calabar to check this out. Another keeper for the bucket list 😂😂😂😂😂
Ovyay · May 29, 2018 at 8:33 am
Infact Busayo, you are personal person. Next time we travel together again, we must sample the available specials in that location. Up team foodie👏👏👏👏
Prince · May 29, 2018 at 9:38 am
Amala ati ewedu, i will never forget you, and ewa ati bread ,olorun ooooooo.
Ovyay · May 29, 2018 at 12:48 pm
See Prince o😂😂😂 Agege bread no dey Port Harcourt naim be wahala
Ugochi Kenechukwu · May 29, 2018 at 10:36 am
Enjoy!!! Chai, you made me remember boli, pepper sauce and big fish. But wait…oh how about Ugochi’s oha soup with uziza leave and assorted 😂
Ovyay · May 29, 2018 at 12:46 pm
Oha soup and assorted, on point. Any day you come to Port Harcourt, I will carry you to Elekahia to settle the boli matters.
Keji · May 29, 2018 at 5:04 pm
Best cook ever.
Femare · May 29, 2018 at 11:06 am
Interesting piece. Lovely food all over Nigeria for sure.
Ovyay · May 29, 2018 at 12:53 pm
Thanks Fey. I appreciate your comments
Tunde Olabisi · May 29, 2018 at 11:09 am
What an experience daddy.I have been reading the stories for an hour now and enjoying every part of it and I wished it didn’t finish. I really missed that pounded yam with eran okere soup, that use to be my favorite way back in Ado-Ekiti.
Ovyay · May 29, 2018 at 12:51 pm
That okere is my main dish at Ado. Kai, one day I will visit that place again.
thefisayo · May 29, 2018 at 1:16 pm
Haha, I enjoyed this! Ekuse 🙌🏾
Ovyay · May 29, 2018 at 1:44 pm
Thanks soooo much for those blogging tips. 🔝🔝🔝🔝🔝
thefisayo · May 29, 2018 at 6:30 pm
Sure! Thank God!
FUNMI · May 29, 2018 at 1:56 pm
Nice one sir, we are so blessed in this nation may God continue to keep us as one. Sir you didn’t mention Ekpankukwo o😃😃
Ovyay · May 30, 2018 at 6:13 am
Amen O. Ah, how did I forget Ekpankukwo. That’s the way forward.😍😍😍😍
Keji · May 29, 2018 at 5:13 pm
There is a place opposite Unical they have well grilled and peppered chicken. And right there you can buy all kinds of fruits and your fruit salad is prepared instantly. Very neat and not expensive . Don’t miss it if you go to Calabar.
Ovyay · May 30, 2018 at 6:11 am
Yes I remember Tony took us to eat there. Correct👍👍👍👍
Esu Reuben · May 30, 2018 at 5:52 am
O boy why did I make the mistake of reading this story this morning, now I feel like doing that suya on my way to Bauchi again. As for the kekefieya oh my world nothing second to that. My advice if you travel to Bayelsa please find formal House of Assembly quarters and find delta kitchen ask her to to give you ‘oporofloo’ I might not get the spelling correctly but one thing is certain you won’t regret it with pounded yam.
Ovyay · May 30, 2018 at 6:10 am
Mmm I recall your munching away at that Suya on Jos-Bauchi road. 👍👍👍 Why didn’t you tell me about ” oprofioo” agenda since? Andy find one trip so we can document Bayelsa😜😜😜😜😜
Esu Reuben · June 9, 2018 at 6:06 am
Documenting bayelsa because you want to encounter ‘oporofloo’? Aha I must be part of the trip o
Ovyay · June 9, 2018 at 6:13 am
We will do the usual Collab on this 😂😂😂
Regina · May 30, 2018 at 8:59 am
So interesting sir, you have reminded me of Kilishe i ate some years ago, good post and well done i appreciate your good work sir.
Ovyay · May 30, 2018 at 4:15 pm
Thanks jare, Sis Reg
Princess Ada · May 31, 2018 at 10:55 am
This piece is amazing. But, I have had a different experience with food on transit. I kept dreaming of afang soup, its one soup I can eat thrice daily, for as long as I can have it on my table. When the news of Christmas vacation in Uyo got to me, my excitement knew no bound. I was happy, not because of change of location but, afang soup. I imagined having eba and afang soup breakfast, lunch and dinner till I leave Uyo.
Guess what! My expectations hit the rocks as I couldn’t find a single restaurant with afang soup good enough to make me want ask for more.
Ovyay · May 31, 2018 at 5:16 pm
Chei, don’t worry, next time you are going to Uyo, tell me. I have people on ground there that will make sure your demands are met.
Kachi · June 2, 2018 at 6:41 am
Sir I need to come back… This is too much to bear
Ovyay · June 2, 2018 at 8:08 am
Haha, God is with you. No problem
Sis Promise · June 3, 2018 at 4:13 pm
Wao! Daddy, u are all round. I will join you next time sir. In short, I am salivating o!
Ovyay · June 3, 2018 at 5:34 pm
Thank you Jare Sis Promise
Tobe · June 12, 2018 at 7:13 am
Wow…..Sir this is wonderful. I don’t think I can go on diet again. The one I am yet to try is Ewa goyin.
One meal I love so much is what Kalabari people called ONUNU. It is made up of boiling yam and overripe plantain, pounding them together and eating it with pepper soup😋😋😋😋😋.
Ovyay · June 12, 2018 at 7:26 am
Whoa, I have never heard of “onunu”.. I need to try that too. Lagos or Badagry is the best place if you want correct Ewa Agoyin👍👍👍👍 Lets talk of dieting after eating the onunu/ Ewa agoyin😜😜😜😜
Sweet · June 14, 2018 at 4:15 pm
This is really interesting. When you go to the north, try ‘fura de nunu’ from clean sellers, you’ll hate processed milk, but when you take it too much, you’ll either fart your whole system or put on weight. Then try original Hausa ‘gurasa’ with heavy suya (ram or cow) and their ‘weiner’.
Ovyay · June 14, 2018 at 10:15 pm
Haha bring it on , we will worry about the fart or the fat later. Love your comments @sweet
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