Ask Cooking QuestionsCategory: Nigerian cookingWhat food do they eat in Lagos Nigeria?
Tracy Brian asked 4 weeks ago

What food do they eat in Lagos Nigeria? I will be visiting Nigeria in the next three months, Lagos precisely but I am just a little worried since it is a different culture altogether. What kind of food would I be seeing in Lagos state? thanks for your feedback.

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Eva answered 4 weeks ago

You can eat anything in Lagos, I mean all types of food is in Lagos, they eat all Nigerian food depending on the individual (I mean Nigeria food of your choice).
But their cultural foods are:
1. Amala and ewedu soup: Amala is produced from yam dried and grinded into powder form.
2. Eba and okro and stew (boiling okro and frying stew separately and mixing it together when both are ready)
3. Ofada rice: popularly known as local rice. Uniquely prepared to taste differently and smell differently.
4. Soft beans which is served with pepper sauce made with palm oil. (Ewa Agoyin)
5. Bean porridge made with beans and yam.
6. I was told akara(beans balls) combined with agidi (pap) also originated from them.
7. Efo riro and pounded yam

Chy Anegbu Staff answered 4 weeks ago

These are the kind of foods they eat in Lagos state Nigeria.

Note that Lagos is the center for commerce and industry in Nigeria, there over 21 million people living in Lagos state alone, people from different background, origin and locality converge in Lagos state to take part in Business and other activities.

Lagos is inhabited by 50% Yoruba, 30% Igbo, the remaining 20% is a combination of Hausa and other minor ethnic groups in Nigeria. (This is mere estimation). Someday, we will give you the real figure.

Hence the kind of food you find in Lagos state Nigeria are basically foods that and indiginous to the Yoruba and Igbo people. I have spent some years in Lagos and this is certainly the case. Most restaurants are either selling Yoruba foods or Igbo foods.

I have written an elaborate article on Yoruba Foods & Recipes

Here is more About Igbo Foods

These are the kind of foods they eat in Lagos state Nigeria.

Ewedu Soup and Eba

Ewedu soup and eba

This is a basic Yoruba swallow, what you are seeing is a combination of ewedu soup eba (with stew as topping) it is one of the most popular food in Lagos state. Ewedu is loved and enjoyed by Yoruba people, it is also very easy to make once you can lay your hands on ewedu leaves, it takes just about 15 minutes to cook.

Ofada Sauce and Sauce

Ofada rice and sauce

I learned about this delicacy during my stay in Lagos state. What is so unique about ofada rice and sauce is that it is made with natural ingredients (Ofada rice is rich in fibre), and the aroma is to die for. 😀 Lots of people get addicted to this rice and sauce. Before I published the recipe on my blog I had countless requests for it. Read about Ofada rice and sauce recipe, it is one of the foods eaten in Lagos state.

Ewa Agoyin

Ewa Agoyin

This is a popular food combination in Lagos state Nigeria, it is a combination of agege bread and very soft beans. We call it Ewa agoyin. There is a sauce for it, you see that dark looking sauce on the beans, it’s to die for! 😀 If you have ever been in lagos then you must have seen it at every corner of the street. There is always a big pot of beans outside, then tray with soft breads of different sizes.

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