Food has a mind of its own because even at the strangest of times and places, like on the street, it just keeps calling you.
When it comes to street food and their availability, every Nigerian knows just when and where to go get them, sometimes not because we’re so hungry and we really need to lay our hands on them but because we just sort of have a natural craving for these foods and we want to enjoy the taste and satisfaction we get out it, we’d go all the way to get some.
There’s also the issue of Nigeria being the land of the busy and yeah if purchasing these foods will save us the stress. time and energy involved in making it, it’s totally worth it. Isn’t it? I mean, imagine having to soak beans, peel, grind and then fry Akara (Bean cake) out of it when you can easily stop by an Akara vendor, and purchase it, so easy and cheap.
We also can not deny the fact that some Nigerian street foods are tasty and give an unforgettable culinary experience plus they are cheap. And yeah, they are not meant for a class of the society. Everyone and anyone can purchase as long as they want to.
Here are some of the street foods every Nigerian have taken at one point or the other.
1. Boli and Groundnut
Boli which is roasted plantain is a popular and delicious Nigerian street food. The boli vendors are usually beside the road giving you easy access to it. The combination of boli and groundnut is heavenly. If you haven’t tried it, you should consider it.
2. Corn (roasted or boiled)
Depending on what you like, you can be sure to get either the roasted or cooked version of corn as log as it the season of maize.
Nearly every Nigerian enjoy buying this street food if those who are sceptical about eating street food. Suya is made with beef. The beef is seasoned and spiced and roasted lightly and usually garnished with cabbage and onion.
Akara is simply bean cake and it’s commonly sold at night and in the morning. Most folks like to pair it with either bread or ogi. Often times, the akara vendors fry yam or potatoes alongside the akara. So, you could even mix it.
Abach is the African salad, a traditional delicacy of the Igbo tribe of Nigeria is made with cassava. The vendors garnish with a lot of interesting varieties like ugwu (vegetable), garden eggs, onion and Abacha sauce. It gets all the more interesting when you buy one or two of the peppered ponmo (cow skin) with it. Unlike most other street food vendors, the Abacha vendors aren’t stationary, they move from place to place. So, it’s usually exciting for lovers of abacha when they bump into one.
6. Puff puff
Puff doesn’t have a day, time or season. This street food is always found at any time and day. Puff puff is basically made with flour, yeast and sugar.
7 Lacasera and Gala
The list would definitely not be complete without including gala and Lacasera. This snack has been saving Nigerians in times of traffic for as long as we can remember. Although Nigerians are now changing their drink preferences, it doesn’t erase the fact that gala and lacasera was there from the beginning.