Mozambique is Southern Africa’s reply to tropical paradise: with beautiful seashores, turquoise sea, lovely islands and a palm-fringed shoreline, it’s the stuff journey brochures are product of.
Many African nations aren’t recognized for his or her connoisseur choices, however Mozambique is without doubt one of the exceptions. 5 hundred years of Portuguese affect, tropical fruit and plentiful fish and seafood imply that Mozambique is a foodie’s heaven.
Listed below are some dishes (and drinks) you need to attempt in your subsequent journey:
All of the seafood you’ll eat in Mozambique is scrumptious, however prawns are undoubtedly the spotlight: juicy and flavourful, they’re served grilled or fried, with French fries or rice. Prawns in Mozambique are juicy and scrumptious. They’re served grilled on the barbecue or fried and are slathered in both fiery peri peri sauce or lashings of garlic.
This tasty conventional dish just isn’t one thing you’ll all the time discover on the menu at vacationer eating places – you’re extra prone to get it if you find yourself staying with locals. It’s comprised of stewed cassava leaves (much like spinach), floor peanuts, garlic and coconut milk. It’s both eaten by itself or with rice and prawns.
Present in any Mozambican market, paõ (pronounced pow) are Portuguese white bread rolls baked in wood-fired ovens in villages.
4. Peri peri hen
You’ll discover peri peri hen throughout Mozambique, in addition to additional north in Tanzania and west in Angola (one other southern African nation colonised by the Portuguese). The dish consists of hen marinated in lemon juice, garlic and a wholesome douse of peri peri sauce, normally eaten with French fries.
5. Prego roll
There’s nothing higher for a roadside snack in Mozambique than a lip-smacking prego roll: a steak coated in peri peri sauce (a fiery pink sauce made with chillies, garlic and vinegar) in paõ. Easy and scrumptious!
Mozambique was as soon as the world’s largest producer of cashews, and despite the fact that they’re not being farmed on such a large scale anymore, there are nuts timber rising in every single place. You’ll see folks promoting baggage of cashews on the aspect of the highway for peanuts (excuse the pun) and on the seaside. Whereas plain cashews are nice, the roasted peri peri ones are much more tasty.
Purchase recent fish proper off the boats on the seaside all alongside the coast in Mozambique. It’s finest to grill fish on a barbecue and eat it on the seaside if attainable – the last word seaside meal!
8. Tropical fruit
With Mozambique’s heat, humid local weather, scrumptious tropical fruit grows in every single place. There are papayas, coconuts, avocados and my favorite – small, candy mangoes. Purchase fruit at village markets or on the aspect of the highway – an enormous bucket of about forty mangoes goes for round 5MTs (15 US cents).
Laurentina is a superb Mozambican beer, by my favorite is 2M (pronounced doish-em). There’s nothing like just a few of those drunk at sundown after an ideal day on the seaside.
10. Tipo Tinto
For those who’re backpacking in Mozambique, you’re prone to endure various complications from Tipo Tinto, the nationwide rum. Don’t attempt to drink this neat! It’s finest with a mixer – the native favorite is a berry-flavoured soda known as Sparberry.