Welcome to Uncle Nii’s
Ghana Food Heaven
Please fasten your taste buds. You’re in for a hell of a ride!
When it comes to eating Ghana food outside the home, many prefer the chop bar to a fancy restaurant. Me? I’ll take it any how it comes!
Being West Africa’s cultural core and with a plethora of sub-cultures, what ever road you turn down in Ghana you know your taste buds are in for one hell of a soaking.
When it’s time to chop (pidgin for eat) surely food from Ghana is the most delicious on the whole continent. Say’s who? So says me – but remember I’m biased. Admittedly, I have not traveled extensively throughout Africa. But sometimes you just know, don’t you?
In my very own Ghana Food Heaven, even though I’ve been known to mention banku (boiled corn dough) & okra stew and red-red (fried plantain and bean stew) on many occasions, when push comes to shove, it’s almost impossible to have a favourite. And if you have experienced Ghanaian food like I have, I’m sure you’ll agree!
Having been born and lived in Accra, when it comes to food, I’ve sampled a vast array of champion dishes made lovingly by my mum, grand mother, and assortment of aunties – each delving into their plethora of Ghana recipes.
And I can safely say (and remember I’m biased) it’s actually the most delicious food in the world!
Not being a huge fan of fufu, (pounded plantain or cassava or yam), I’ve tended to go for rice based dishes. And I don’t mean as a side dish as you would get in a western restaurant. I’m talking about the rice being the foundation of the meal, fully camouflaged with either plain gravy or salt fish stew – and crowned with a boiled egg.
One of my fondest childhood memories is sitting down with the whole family to a meal of jollof rice after church on Sundays.
Old school I know, but that’s what families use to do back in the day.
To this day it’s one of my favourite dishes in my Ghana Food Heaven. For a quickie, I just add some tinned peppered mackerel and some shito (a dried shrimp, pepper and fish combo condiment) and I’m good to go! When I go round my mums however, it comes with fried snapper and kelewele – spicy fried plantains – as standard.
I’m told that in some cultures, they say that food tastes better if shared. Why not get in touch and let us know what your Ghana Food Heaven looks like and whether you have any favourite Ghana recipes that you would like to share with us.
Do include any favourite drinks you may have. If Uncle Joe was still alive he would definitely go for something like palm wine/akpeteshie (created by fermenting the sap of various palm trees).
But that story is for another time!
The main challenge for us Ghanaians living outside Ghana, is recreating our favourite Ghanaian food dishes – perhaps just like Auntie Naa use to make – even though some ingredients or cooking methods aren’t available. Only by contributing and sharing can we all chop well.
N’ be so?
I’ be so!
So what’s your favourite Ghana food or drink?
While you’re thinking about it, I’ll just pop back onto my heavenly veranda and finish off my bottle of ice-cold muscatella. Not too much ‘though…gotto keep an eye on the waistline!
Maybe next time I’ll try Leslie’s suggestion and mix it up with tonic water. 60/40 if I remember correctly.