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 – 

  • Portugal
  • Brazil
  • Italy

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
  • Eggs
  • Tea

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?

Chicken Muamba
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? 

Peanut Cake
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

References

Wake Up and Eat Global

Rhubarb Fool

Expo 2015

World Travel Guide

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