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N is for Oh No, Nigeria!

Our A to Z tour of the World Foods of London continues now with this video of our memorable sampling of Nigerian cuisine.
Keep an eye out over the coming weeks for our journeys to Peru, Russia and Sri Lanka. (We haven’t managed to solve ‘O’ and ‘Q’ yet…)

If a good meal is simply about delicious food, then our first experience of Nigerian dining scores very low indeed.

But if the recipe for a good meal involves being adventurous and trying something new and exotic.
If it involves howls of laughter with friends and an experience you will always remember.
And if it involves stewed cows’ hooves, goats’ chewy stomach lining, and gulping down fishes’ eyeballs, then this was one of the greatest meals of all time.

The meal was not bad – the large numbers of smartly dressed Nigerians enjoying a taste of home was testament to that. But it was certainly hard work for our British palettes and over-sensitive gag reflexes.
The mint imperials that came with the bill may well have been the most enjoyable phase of the meal, but I am sure that our Nigerian meal down on the Old Kent Road will prove to be one of the most memorable and entertaining of the meals we sample on our journey round the A to Z of the World Foods of London.

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  1. Alastair Humphreys Posted

    Very horrible!

  2. “Swallow it goddammit!”

    That was hilarious! I’m sure you’ve heard this a lot from natives during this series, but I hope this experience doesn’t put you off of trying Nigerian food in the future 🙂 I have to admit, my mouth watered during that kitchen tour, as I glimpsed foods I grew up with.

    I can sympathize though, as “stewed cows’ hooves, goats’ chewy stomach lining, and … fishes’ eyeballs” are not usually found in everyday meal. They’re only for special occasions 😉

    Thanks for the laugh. This is a great project!

    P.S: I got here from your Great Discontent interview. It was a really inspiring read. Thanks!



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