Just like you’ve noticed, Nigerian is a diverse country with many ethnic groups and cultures. These cultures each have their unique delicacies which are peculiar to them, though enjoyed by other Nigerians outside the ethnic group and foreigners. As a city composed of individuals from different parts of the country, Lagos is the only city where you can easily experience these local foods without having a tour of the entire states in the country.
In Lagos, you can typically get these delicacies at local restaurants, roadside food shops and food festivals around the city. For individuals who are not built to eat at these local restaurants, high-end restaurants, and eateries who understand the importance of these delicacies serve these local foods in a grander style. In this piece, we discuss the nine most interesting local foods you should taste in Lagos while in the city. A visit to Lagos is incomplete if you didn’t make it to eating any of these mouthwatering dishes.
Suya is a spicy meat skewer which has its origin from the North and is popular among the Northern parts of Nigeria. The dish is generally made with skewered beef, ram, or chicken. Innards like liver, kidney and tripe are also used. You’ll get this grilled meat prepared to perfection in some hotels, restaurants and serviced apartments in Lagos. You can get the dish at the roadside or select Hausa colonies in Lagos.
This is similar to Suya. However, unlike suya, kilishi is a jerky variation of suya where the meat is marinated until it can be cut into thin sheets and left to dry in the sun. The preparation process gives rise to a delightfully spicy snack that you can keep for months or eat in a minute depending on how much you love the delicacy.
This meal is one of the top meals a Lagosian misses when he is outside of Lagos. Ewa agoyin is mashed brown or white beans seasoned with dried peppers and onions. This meal which is one of the finest deeply satisfying street foods is typically served alongside tomato stew with a side of hot yam, fried plantain or bread.
Besides being an interesting local dishes to be tasted in Lagos, “Dodo” is among the most mentioned foods or snacks in Lagos. This shows how popular the delicious snack is amongst the Lagos populace. The delicacy is slices of carefully, but deep-fried plantain, cut into bite-sized chunks and lightly seasoned to taste. To get the best experience, try it with a thick, spiced tomato stew. If you love a visit to the beach, then dodo is sure for you. A stroll on the beach while eating dodo, is a stroll to remember.
Moi Moi is a juicy, perfectly-spiced and seasoned Nigerian cuisine that’s a go-for food for vegans. Though Nigeria is known for its meat dishes, moi moi is one of the plant-based foods that will keep your mouth watering from the first bite to the last lick of your fingers. The dish is a delicious bean cake steamed in banana leaves and can be garnished with dried crayfish or broiled eggs to suit your unique taste.
This is another delicacy made out of beans and is a favorite for vegans. Akara is a deep fried bean cake known to be of excellent service as breakfast when combined with pap, custard, bread or tea. The meal is also sold throughout the day and can be best enjoyed while on a walk on the beach, or in groups.
Danbu Nama is a delicacy composed of beef, mutton, chevon or chicken spiced with dried pepper, onion, ginger, garlic, and suya spices. The dish is boiled, ground and then fried to get fine meat strands that melt when you put it in your mouth.
Abacha which is nicknamed African Salad is a complicated Igbo dish that combines grated cassava, dry peppers, garden egg, palm oil, green leafy vegetables, ground crayfish and sometimes, a secret ingredient (grated oil bean seed) to create a fresh dessert or main dish. Yes, the delicacy can be taken after a meal or as a meal.
One cant mention Nigerian foods without mentioning the “Nigerian Jollof Rice.” The Nigerian Jollof rice is a dish that has gained international recognition for its savory taste. A long-grain rice dish cooked with tomatoes, onions, peppers and other special ingredients – jollof rice is one food every vendor in Lagos and Nigeria at large has their version. No two different jollof rice dishes taste the same in Nigeria.
To have a fantastic jollof rice experience, combine it with a locally caught seafood especially fresh fish, and you’ll have an unforgettable experience.
All these and more are among the many delicious local foods you can get in Lagos, and undeniably, these foods are guaranteed to make you come back to find new amazing ways to explore with your taste buds.
So if you’re ever in Lagos, don’t forget to give yourself the treat to remember.