Urban development in Africa has witnessed the rise of economic opportunities for Africans to earn a decent living, augment incomes through street vending. Majority of street vendors are women who grabbed the opportunity to showcase kitchen talents in food preparation, cooking from their homes to the streets of Africa. With the rise in urban dwellers in the major cities of Africa, this spurred the rise in the demand for food and dining places, especially along the major thoroughfares. This is a great income generating endeavor for many women.
Thus, the rise of street foods in Africa is not just a matter of lifestyle but also incorporating the economic prospects for the locals and a way to invite foreign travelers to come and visit this continent ” Africa. Here are some of Africa’s best treats on the streets.
South Africa is known for selling different kinds of braai or grilled foods on sidewalks and other places in the region. One of the most sought after braai is Sosatie, a traditional South African grilled meat. The term Sosatie literally means skewered meat with spicy sauce. Lamb meat or mutton is commonly used for this kind of street food. The meat is seasoned with a mix of onions, garlic, chillies, curry leaves and tamarind juice and is usually marinated overnight for a very compact flavored result. Then, the meat is skewered and grilled, usually with dried apricots, prunes, small onions, red and green peppers, or mushrooms. Hop in for a braai treat, South African style.
Egg Roll, Nigeria.
These are often sold as street food. This is the African version of Scotch Eggs, the only thing is, flour is used as the main ingredient of the batter instead of a sausage meat. The batter is a mixture of flour, eggs, a little sugar, oil, water, and baking powder. They boil some eggs and once the eggs are cooked, they dip them in the batter then deep fried before serving. This can be a light or heavy meal, depending on the kind of batter mix used for this dish. Enjoy the streets of Nigeria with a slice or two of these famed Nigerian egg rolls.
These are Moroccan pastries with fillings that are famous in the streets of Morocco. The thin sheet of Moroccan dough is able to hold a heavy pack of delectable flavors that blend perfectly in the filling. The stuffing includes spices, nuts, meat, or seafood. Once all the filling ingredients are mixed together, it is spooned over the thin layer of dough and sealed before deep frying. This is a perfect snack for the hungry tourists in Morocco. A very affordable yet flavor-packed treat.
Rice and pasta and spices ” this is what Koshary/Kushari is all about. Koshary/Kushari is the ultimate street food in Egypt. Aside from being the region’s traditional dish, Koshary/Kushari offers a blend of native flavors with an unusual combination of rice and different kinds of pasta. It is a very popular yet inexpensive treat. A mix of rice, pasta (usually macaroni), lentils, chickpeas, topped with native Egyptian garlic with vinegar and splashed with a spicy tomato sauce. This dish is for the vegan and non-vegans as it is typically meatless, although a few other vendors add a some slices of liver or even shawarma meat. Have a taste of Egypt’s culture with Koshary/Kushari.
Nyama Choma, Kenya.
After your Safari adventure, you might wanna dish for a popular Kenya local offering. Here, you can find Nyama Choma, an authentic Kenyan grilled meat treat that will definitely bring your Kenyan delicacy thoughts to a different level of goodness. Traditionally, goat meat is used for this kind of dish, a more chewy kind of meat that is. But now, there are more meat variations to choose from, with beef as a popular kind. Once the grilled meat is done, the vendor slices them in portions while adding some salt, pili pili or chillies, and a kachumbari which is a mix of sliced tomatoes and onions. These are available on the streets and even at the high-end restaurants in Kenya.