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Tastes of Ghana: Typical Ghanian Foods

After spending a month in Ghana, I got to try a lot of the local fare that the region had to offer:

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Abru Ne Nkatea- popcorn kernels and nuts simmered with sugar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Banku and Tilapia- banku is made from maize and has a very gummy feel (no need to chew!); the fish is eaten by pulling back the skin and removing chunks of meat from inside (make sure to pick out the bones!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Foo Foo with Chicken in Ground Nut Soup- like banku, foo foo has a gummy feel and does not need to be chewed, however, it is made from caserva instead of maize, leaving it a bit flavorless; brown nut soup was my favorite Ghanaian food because it was oily and spicy (it's best with a rice ball!)

 

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Jalif Rice- has a bit of a spicy kick to it as it is boiled in sauce, it has a similar texture to fried rice but is not fried

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Roasted Maize- corn on the cob but instead of being salty it has a sweeter, sugary flavor like kettle corn

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fried Chicken and Fried Yam- you can buy this dish anywhere, even on the streets from hawkers (tastes best when dipped in ketchup mixed with mayo!)

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Evo- a fruit that has a mushy inside with a fizzy kick to it like eating candy flavored root-beer

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Evo- the inside!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Snail- although they do cook them before eating them by pulling them out of the shell (they still look like a snail when you eat them), tastes extremely salty and chewy

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Fan Milk- pictured if the chocolate flavor, but there is also vanilla and yogo (only 50-60 pesawas!), they are sold everywhere and are the Ghanian version of an ice-cream pop

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