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West African & Cameroon Cuisine

rworange | Jan 15, 2007 04:03 AM

I tried out a local Cameroon restaurant. The owner is from Limbe, Cameroon.

The restaurant says that it has West African Cuisine. I’m not sure really what is specific to Cameroon. So, I’m going to just list the dishes and ask for feedback about what is just African in general and what is specific to that country.

One website said Portuguese explorers called the area ‘Rio dos Cameroes’ (River of Prawns), so I’m guessing dishes with prawns are specific to Cameroon.

Also would appreciate knowing what dishes the restaurant might be missing. It has a lot of dishes that repetively use onions, garlic tomato and African spices. The most interesting seems to be the koki, an African tamale.

They also had a hot sauce made with habeneros, garlic & ginger. Is that common?

Acara – black-eyed peas with onions, basil & African spices

Bean pie for dessert

Egusi pudding – pumpkin & onions

Egusi Soup – made with pumpkin seeds, onions, garlic, tomatoes, palm nut oil & African spices

Ewole – fresh greens sautéed with onions, garlic, tomatoes & ginger

Fufu – pounded yams ... just a general African dish, correct? Are there regional variations?

Joloffe Rice – rice with tomatoes and vegetable ... general African dish?

Koki – African corn tamale in plantain leaf

Meat Stew of chicken or turkey with ginger, garlic, onions, tomatoes & African spices

Moi Moi – black-eyed peas ... isn’t this Nigerian?

Ndole – peanut sauce, garlic, onions, tomatoes and African spices

Nkule – yam porridge with onions, garlic, tomatoes & basil

Nsoke – black-eyed peas stewed with tomatoes, onions, garlic & basil

Okra stewed with tomatoes, onions, garlic & spices

Puff puff – “This sweet favorite among Cameroon children is also known as ‘make me well’. Wheat flour, yeast, nutmeg, soymilk, and brown sugar”. I gotta guess the soymilk is the Berkeley influence and not a Cameroon-thing.

Spicy spinach & prawns

Sule do do – fried plantains ... another dish everywhere in Africa, I think

Suya – chicken marinated in African spices and served with stew

This site had over 30 Cameroonian recipes. Don’t know how true they are to the cuisine.

Here’s a blog with some general info. The blogger is planning to add Cameroonian recipes.

List of some African restaurants

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