Ghanaian Food!

[Featured Image]: Me making Fufu in Torgorme Village

Ghanaian food is fairly simple but flavorful. It consists of many stews and lots of spices.

My three favorite items were Jaloff Rice (a spicy red rice, kind of like Spanish Rice), Fufu (the mocha like thing made of cassava and plantains) and fried plantains which I ate at nearly every meal (SO GOOD!).

I also tried Banku, which is like Fufu but is made with fermented corn, and it had a strong taste so it was only good when I ate it was stew or rice.

Every meal was accompanied by a hot pepper paste, it is kind of like Sha Cha sauce in Taiwan, the black sauce that many of us put in our sauce for hot pot. Another yummy sauce was a Tomato paste sauce, and also a good accompaniment to meal was the grounded fried cassava with corn beef.

There was also one time where I had peanut soup with sticky rice, this tasted very Thai tasting.

I also tried some Ghanaian beer, called Star Beer, I think it is owned by Guiness. It was not overly bad. I did not get a chance to have some delicious coconut water, but many people tried it for the first time and fell in love with it and I was not surprised at all.

There was also a bit of fish and chicken dishes as well.

Overall I liked the food, especially the zesty and spicy taste of it all, very flavorful.

So for people who are not sure what people in West Africa eat, I can tell you that you really don’t have to worry, because it is quite good and also quite filling especially with Fufu and Jaloff rice.

Bon Apetite!


One Comment Add yours

  1. Kwame says:


    Thanks for your detailed account of your visit to Ghana. You took me to places I have not being before or heard of. I’m glad you were not trapped in the popular locations, a sign of great work by your program director. By the way, I think that t-shirt merchant tried to take advantage of you knowing you are a non-native. You could have walked away and possibly find another trader with the same product. And I wouldn’t be surprised he would have given me a similar shakedown.

    I’m no clutch chef, but I can teach you how to prepare some of your favourite Ghanaian dishes, if interested. Looking forward to reading your many adventures. Gary, you are taking “engage the world” motto to a different level. Respect!

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