Mozambique is Southern Africa’s reply to tropical paradise: with attractive seashores, turquoise sea, stunning islands and a palm-fringed shoreline, it’s the stuff journey brochures are product of.
Many African nations will not be recognized for his or her gourmand choices, however Mozambique is without doubt one of the exceptions. 5 hundred years of Portuguese affect, tropical fruit and plentiful fish and seafood imply that Mozambique is a foodie’s heaven.
Listed below are some dishes (and drinks) you must attempt in your subsequent journey:
All of the seafood you’ll eat in Mozambique is scrumptious, however prawns are positively the spotlight: juicy and flavourful, they’re served grilled or fried, with French fries or rice. Prawns in Mozambique are juicy and scrumptious. They’re served grilled on the barbecue or fried and are slathered in both fiery peri peri sauce or lashings of garlic.
This tasty conventional dish just isn’t one thing you’ll at all times discover on the menu at vacationer eating places – you’re extra prone to get it if you find yourself staying with locals. It’s constructed from stewed cassava leaves (much like spinach), floor peanuts, garlic and coconut milk. It’s both eaten by itself or with rice and prawns.
Present in any Mozambican market, paõ (pronounced pow) are Portuguese white bread rolls baked in wood-fired ovens in villages.
4. Peri peri rooster
You’ll discover peri peri rooster throughout Mozambique, in addition to additional north in Tanzania and west in Angola (one other southern African nation colonised by the Portuguese). The dish consists of rooster marinated in lemon juice, garlic and a wholesome douse of peri peri sauce, often eaten with French fries.
5. Prego roll
There’s nothing higher for a roadside snack in Mozambique than a lip-smacking prego roll: a steak coated in peri peri sauce (a fiery crimson sauce made with chillies, garlic and vinegar) in paõ. Easy and scrumptious!
Mozambique was as soon as the world’s largest producer of cashews, and although they’re not being farmed on such a large scale anymore, there are nuts bushes rising far and wide. You’ll see individuals promoting luggage of cashews on the aspect of the highway for peanuts (excuse the pun) and on the seashore. Whereas plain cashews are nice, the roasted peri peri ones are much more tasty.
Purchase contemporary fish proper off the boats on the seashore all alongside the coast in Mozambique. It’s greatest to grill fish on a barbecue and eat it on the seashore if doable – the last word seaside meal!
8. Tropical fruit
With Mozambique’s heat, humid local weather, scrumptious tropical fruit grows in every single place. There are papayas, coconuts, avocados and my favorite – small, candy mangoes. Purchase fruit at village markets or on the aspect of the highway – a giant bucket of about forty mangoes goes for round 5MTs (15 US cents).
Laurentina is a good Mozambican beer, by my favorite is 2M (pronounced doish-em). There’s nothing like just a few of those drunk at sundown after an ideal day on the seashore.
10. Tipo Tinto
If you happen to’re backpacking in Mozambique, you’re prone to endure quite a lot of complications from Tipo Tinto, the nationwide rum. Don’t try to drink this neat! It’s greatest with a mixer – the native favorite is a berry-flavoured soda referred to as Sparberry.