As an African and a Ghanaian in particular, good and tasty food is something I was raised to appreciate. Some ceremonies call for certain meals and how well you enjoy the meal goes a long way in assessing how the ceremony fared at the end. And sometimes the craving for a particular delicacy becomes so great that one can’t seem to be fully himself/herself until the desire has been satiated.
In response to Daily Post’s prompt themed Local, I thought of sharing some of my local delicacies with you-3 meals, a snack and a drink. I hope I’m able to whet your appetite so you share yours as well.
So here it goes:
1. Jollof Rice
Of course, it is a national delicacy. I’m yet to meet someone who doesn’t like the meal. Unlike fufu where some people are known not to be able to enjoy it, the love for jollof rice seems to be cut across tribal lines. It is one of the meals which unite us as a people. And it is sort of ceremonial too. You can’t have a wedding reception or some other big occasion and not have jollof rice on the menu. I mean, it can’t happen!
For a tasty and tummy-filling meal to take you through the day, waakye would definitely be on the list of recommended dishes. No matter how long you’d have waited in the queue to get yours, the first taste would make you forget all the pain in your leg muscles. The bean component of the waakye garnished with all the vegetables and graced with the protein of choice (chicken, fish, egg, meat-nothing stops you from having one of each) makes the food a perfect example of a balanced diet. Top it up with a glass of water and you’re good to go!
3. Fried plantain and Beans
Also affectionately called Red Red, this meal is one of the best friends of every university student in Ghana. Because no matter how tight your finances are, you can get yourself a serving which would satisfy you just right. With slices of pear, egg or fried sausages to go with it, you know you’re likely to feel a little sleepy during lectures. But regardless of that, the love for it is deep!
4. Roasted plantain with groundnuts
Alias Kofi Brokeman, it is one of my favorite snacks of all time. I love it so much that I have been a loyal customer to a seller for more than ten years now. I still don’t get why it is called Kofi Brokeman as if to suggest that only broke people buy it. But everyone knows it is not for broke people. Thanks to inflation, it has also earned a decent price for itself.
5. Sobolo/Bisap drink
It is one of the refreshing drinks that I can consume with no guilty feelings. Unlike the Coca cola family where someone can ruin the moment for you by passing the remark about the sugar content, sobolo doesn’t face such criticism. With a little ginger and pineapple flavor to taste, a glass of chilled sobolo would be one of my must-have drinks to fight off the scorching sun.
Someone hungry yet? What are your favorite local dishes? Why not share with us? I’d love to find out about other delicacies around the world. Kindly tag me so I don’t miss it. I hope you’ve enjoyed my post. Looking forward to reading yours.
© Josephine Amoako 2016