How to eat like an Angolan
Angolan week has been such a fun one! I’ve really enjoyed this cuisine so far and hope to explore it more in-depth in the future.
As I mentioned in my previous posts, Angolan food is heavily influenced by the Portuguese due to once being a colony of theirs. You’ll find plenty of chicken, rice, beans, fish and pork as staples in an Angolan diet. Personally, I really love the flavours I’ve found so far from dishes I’ve re-created; so many peanuts! I’m a massive peanut fan, so it suits me perfectly!
Where is Angola exactly?
- Angola is actually officially known as The Republic of Angola and is situated in South-Central Africa
- It has Namibia, Congo, Zambia and the Atlantic ocean as its neighbours
- It is the 7th largest country in Africa
- The capital is the city of Luanda
- The official language is Portuguese (other spoken languages are Kikongo, Kimbundu and Umbundu)
- The main religion is Christianity (Catholicism)
What is the national dish?
The national dish of Angola is considered to be either chicken muamba, a dish made with red palm oil, spices, tomatoes, sometimes peanut butter; served with rice, or funge which is what I gather, a mash made from the root cassava (actually made with cassava flour + water), which is eaten with fish, chicken or pork stews and is very common in most households.
Angolan cuisine has influences from –
What would I eat for breakfast?
- Funge is popular throughout the day (imagine it like a porridge)
- Fruit such as pineapple, banana, mango
- Coffee is popular as it is in most places!
- Bread made from fuba flour
What would I eat for lunch?
- Research has shown that traditional Angolan food is pretty much the same for both lunch and dinner
What would I eat for dinner?
My take on Angola’s national dish, chicken muamba
- The national dish, chicken muamba (see my take on the dish in the image above)
- Again, funge (cassava) would be served with most meals
- Sweet potato, rice, corn and beans are also popular side dishes
- Okra is a popular vegetable
- Being situated on the coast, shrimp and lobster are popular, such as these delicious grilled shrimps from 196Flavours
- Grilled chicken in a peri peri sauce (see the Portuguese influence.. i’m thinking Nandos haha)
- Calulu which is a dried fish or meat cooked with tomatoes, okra and onion
- Goat stew (mainly on special occasions)
- Cabidela – a dish cooked in blood (usually chicken)
- Bugs are normal to be eaten in Angola such as caterpillars and grasshoppers
- Tilapia is a popular fish
- Vegetable are not as easy to find as side dishes in restaurants (usually beans, chips etc)
What would I eat after dinner?
Bolo de Ginguba, a popular peanut sponge cake in Angola. I added caramel buttercream to mine!
- Fresh fruit salads
- Cocada Amarela, a dessert made from coconut and egg yolks
- Muka, fruit dried from the baobab tree
- Peanut candy
- A peanut sponge cake known as Bolo de Ginguba (see my take above)
- Homemade spirits are popular such as capatica, made from bananas and maluva made from palm tree juice
- Homemade vodka (kapuka) and homemade whiskey (whiskey kota)
- Kissangua is a popular alcoholic drink made from cornflour, believed to have healing rituals
- Soft drinks such as cola, sprite, fanta and mirinda are popular
- Mongozo is a beer speciality of Lundas and is made from palm nuts
Angolan eating culture and traditions
- A goat is traditionally served up on special occasions, usually with a bean sauce
- Food is extremely costly in Angola with most living on the breadline
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