Category: African Food

Hawa Hassan Shares the Spicy Somali Pasta Recipe From Her New Cookbook, ‘In Bibi’s Kitchen’

BY ELISE TAYLOR | Vogue

“Grandmothers are the ultimate home cooks,” says Hawa Hassan. That’s why, for her new cookbook with Julia Turshen, In Bibi’s Kitchen, she decided to make them the focus. Part cooking guide, part educational material, and part journalistic exercise, the book features the beloved recipes, and stories, of matriarchs from eight African countries that touch the Indian Ocean.

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‘Coffee is everything’ for this immigrant duo running Louisville’s new Ethiopian cafe

By Dahlia Ghabour | Louisville Courier Journal

In the middle of the summer, a new specialty coffee shop opened in Louisville with little fanfare. Cousins Tar Molla and Kidest Getachew aren’t really about recognition — except for the detailed and expert way they make their coffee. 

The pair, who immigrated from Ethiopia to the U.S. more than 10 years ago, opened Abol Cafe to share their love of coffee with Louisville. 

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Tiffaney and Avo Odewale | Husband-and-wife team set to open Jollof Rice Destination in Houston

by Kayla Stewart | Eater Houston

Jollof Rice King, a new destination for Nigerian cuisine, is just about ready to make its Houston debut. Located at 3833 Richmond Avenue, the exciting new addition to the city’s dining scene is set to open its doors on October 13, after multiple delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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New York Biltong Is a New South African Shop in NYC

By Kayla Stewart | GrubStreet

When Brittney Brothers first tried the South African staple known as biltong, she was surprised by the way it didn’t taste. It looks salty, tough, and chewy, like jerky and other cured meats. But biltong was more delicate. “The seasonings compliment the natural flavor of the beef,” she says. “And it was very tender, unlike anything I’ve tasted before.” For her, it became a point of fascination. And now, it’s a career.

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Abena Oteng-Appiah | Some of the tastiest chicken you eat in Hampton Roads will be at Ghanaian restaurant Yendidi

By MATTHEW KORFHAGETHE | VIRGINIAN-PILOT

You’d be forgiven if you didn’t notice Yendidi from the outside. The restaurant in Norfolk’s Norview Heights neighborhood is backed off of a flyby stretch of Chesapeake Boulevard, nestled into a mini-mall next to a church and a hair salon. Its parking lot amounts to a ribbon of rough pavement against the roadside.

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West African Standby Appioo Reopens for Indoor Dining With Two New Dishes

by Vinciane Ngomsi | Eater DC

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Nigerian fried rice taught me to love being like my mother

By Kitchen Butterfly | Food 52

I am my mother. In every line I speak, no, every word. Every sway of the hips. Every pot of fried rice hurriedly spooned into red Freezinhot coolers with flower motifs, full of blackened pieces of beef — not burnt, just colored by hot oil — and chicken, fried in groundnut oil so the fragrance of freshly roasted peanuts lingers sweet.

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Fudena: West African Food, But Make It Fast-Casual

With Fudena, Ruth Nakaar is betting that Ghanaian jollof rice and Caribbean curried goat can, one day, be as ubiquitous as kale caesar salads and conveyor belt pizza, if given the chance.

by ALEX TEWFIK |PhillyMag

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6 Amazing Ethiopian Restaurants in New York City That You Will Love

 by Merrill Lee Girardeau | City Guide

If you’ve ever found yourself scooping everything with bread during a meal, Ethiopian food is for you. This African cuisine also suits those with a taste for unique, affordable eats that are packed with flavor.

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A taste of Ethiopian cuisine at Abyssinia in Santa Rosa

By CAREY SWEET | THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Traditional Ethiopian dining involves an interesting setup: you park yourself on a low-to-the-ground barchuma stool at a multicolored mesob wicker table. The mesob has a domed cover that looks like a mini woven Taj Mahal, and when you remove it, a centerpiece tray awaits with a dramatic array of dishes arranged around African injera flat bread.

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