Show/Hide Navigation

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.

Read Comments

You might also like

What is Stopping us Living Adventurously? Fear? Over recent days I’ve been asking a series of questions on social media to try to figure out what is stopping people from living as adventurously as they might wish to do, and exploring whether — at its heart — […]...
How to Improve your Email Newsletter I’ve been half-heartedly sending email newsletters for 17 years. But only recently have I started to make a real effort to make them good (do you subscribe? If not, you probably should). In order to learn what my audience was […]...
Bavarian Microadventure – with a difference I was worried, eight years ago, when I first began sleeping on local hills and swimming in rivers to get my prescribed dose of adventure. I had just, barely, hardly, got to a point where I felt confident that enough […]...


  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!



Post a Comment

HTML tags you can use: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

© Copyright 2012 Alastair Humphreys. All rights reserved. Site design by JSummerton