Angolan Cuisine – An Expat’s View
One of the things we like the most about traveling and living in different countries is trying new food, new tastes. And in Angola we discovered a whole new world of different tastes and ingredients we never tried before. Like funge, okra, kizaca, muamba, mucua… We are not experts, only foodies. Below we share as examples of some dishes, and the ones we tried and liked.
Ginguba torrada (toasted peanuts)
Angolan cuisine uses a lot of ginguba (peanut) in main dishes and in deserts, but it’s wonderful just like a snack with a cold drink. Especially toasted, you can toast at home, in the oven, or buy in the street, vendors toast ginguba in coal.
Paracuca is ginguba with sugar, sometimes with variation, with cinnamon, vanilla or jindungo (hot spice). You can find women selling int the streets in small sacks (usual price is 50 kz). Paracuca can easily be done at home. 2 cups of ginguba 1 cup of sugar and a tea-cup of water, mix all the ingredients in a pan and stir until water evaporates. In the end, you can join cinnamon or spice. Let cool down and separate the peanuts so they don’t glue to each other.
Is an ice cream that boys sell in the street in a trolley car in the street, especially when it’s hot and in between the crazy traffic.
Banana Assada (toasted banana/ roasted plantain)
In Angola, there is a vast variety of bananas, plantain, red bananas, apple bananas. Plantain is used in many dishes, and as a side dish replacing potatoes or rice. When ripe it is sweet and delicious. Roasted or fried banana with honey are delicious desserts.
Bombó Assada (grilled cassava)
Bombó is the root of the cassava, dried and fermented. It is used to make funge (typical Angola plate made with cassava flour). It can be toasted or fried and sold as a snack but more frequently is used as a side dish.
Cassava is a very important plant in Angola, especially in North. It is the largest source of carbohydrates in Angola. Angola is the 3rd largest producer of cassava in Africa and is also the biggest consumer. The leaves of cassava (called kizaca) are used in dishes usually boiled. The roots dried to make bombó, and whipped to make fuba (flour).
Mufete of fish
One of our favorite dishes in Angola, is the typical dish Mufete, in our opinion best eaten in Chicala! The dish is a combination of grilled fish, beans with palm oil, boiled plantains, boiled sweat potato, cassava, farinha (cassava flour) and the mufete sauce (a sauce with chopped onion, tomato, bell pepper, lemon and olive oil). It is a mouthful of flavor and a must try for everyone going to Angola!
Muamba de Galinha de Angola or Galinha rija (chicken)
Slow cooked chicken with okra, squash, dendém past. Cooked during one hour and is served with funge. Dendém is the fruit of the palm tree and it is used a lot in Angolan cuisine, especially palm oil. There also exists muamba fish.
Funge: This is the base of the Angolan diet and is made of fuba (flour) of cassava or corn. North os Angola uses more fuba of cassava and the south uses fuba of corn. The texture of funge is very sticky and doesn’t have much of a flavor, so it’s best eaten with the sauce.
Calulu de peixe (fish)
It is a typical Angolan and São Tomé and Principe dish, dried and fresh fish, okra, tomato, sweet potato leaves, palm oil. It is served with funge and beans in palm oil.
This is not as much as typical Angolan dish, but there are so much lobster and are so good in Angola that we decided to include them in the list, grilled or just boil, it is so good!
Passion fruit Mousse
We know it is not that traditional (or at least unique to unique to Angola), and the are a lot of other places that have good passion fruit mousse! But this dessert is served everywhere in Angola and it tastes very good. The passion fruits themselves are impressive, huge even! We never saw such big passion fruit before.
Mukua is the fruit of the Baobab tree, the fruit has a hard shell like a coconut, Inside are seeds, which are coated with whitish powder, which is the fruit pulp. It is used to produce juice, ice-cream and mousse. You can easy do mukua juice at home, joint the dried mukua with water, join sugar, and let it rest for hours, the filter, very refreshing.
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