Ask Cooking QuestionsCategory: Nigerian foodsWhat is the best Nigerian food?
davi anana Staff asked 11 months ago

What is the best Nigerian food? I am looking to receive some visitors from Nigerian and wondering what to make for them, I am working with a Nigerian chef however but I hop to get your opinion.

What is the best food in Nigeria that anybody would love to eat.

6 Answers
Flint answered 11 months ago

I think the best Nigerian food is rice. This is because rice can be served in any gathering or event, Any body in Nigeria will readily accept a meal of rice. Jollof rice especially.

There are just too many ways to prepare rice in Nigeria – jollof rice, fried rice, coconut rice, etc… And it can be accompanied with anything such as meat, soft drink, fried plantain, etc.

However, I do think that different people will have different answer to this question as there are massive variation in what people consider delicious.

Different ethnic groups in Nigeria have different foods they consider their best.

Also, different age brackets have different food they consider their best. I am 30 years old and considers Afang soup and pounded yam as the best food in Nigeria.

Lots of people below 25 years old accepts jollof rice as their best food.

Eva answered 11 months ago

What we consider the best food in Nigeria is probably different as you move from one culture to another, from one ethnic group to another.

Different foods are accepted by different people, so when cooking food for the people coming to your place, you must consider their ethnic groups, then you know the type of food to prepare.

The most popular food given to visitors in Nigeria are jollof rice which is usually served with a piece of fried fish or chicken, it is said in Nigeria that a party without jollof rice is not yet complete. But if u want something special or if its a special occasion you can prepare special dishes for the three major Nigerian tribes. or just focus on the major tribe you are serving and then make jollof rice for the rest of the people.
 
The Yoruba’s will prefer ewedu soup and EBA: this is their most popular food.
 
The Hausa’s will prefer Tuwo Shinkafa {a Northern Nigerian fufu recipe that is served with Miyan} and Mia kuka – a popular soup in Hausa culture and tradition that is served with Tuwo .

The Igbo’s will prefer egusi soup and pounded yam or a combination of okazi soup and santana (Fufu), some other person would ask for oha soup and semo.

However, if this question is not about the best food in Nigeria, if it is about the most popular food, I would quickly recommend jollof rice or Fried rice.

Chima answered 11 months ago

There are no best foods in Nigeria, nothing really is considered a best foods as there are more than 190 million people living in Nigeria with different appetites and preferences. If you are looking for popular foods then we could talk about those since we have a couple of Popular foods in Nigeria. 
My best food is however a combination of pounded yam and wonderfully made afang soup. I am Igbo but somehow, I have developed a liking for this Efit Afang Soup, when it is well made with stock fish and assorted meat.

Most other people have different foods that appeal to them, for some it is jollof rice. Most people consider jollof rice to be their best food but on a closer analysis, you discover that the frying parth makes it not so healthy… plus, most people use canned tomatoes instead of fresh tomatoes.

Doctors advised us to stay away from fried foods! 😀

Most Nigerian consider jollof rice as the best food in Nigeria, the youths especially. When you start climbing the age ladder, somewhere around 40, you start focusing on really healthy foods.

If you are trying to impress a loved one, just ask them what their best food would be, trust me, you might be shocked that the internet gave you the wrong answer.

I have seen a child that eats just bread, then another kid that would eat porridge yam all day, it is different for everybody.

Chy Anegbu Staff answered 11 months ago

What is the best food in Nigeria?
Well, I will try to list them below and go ahead to explain why I consider them top on the list.

1. Jollof Rice

The best food in Nigeria is definitely jollof rice, this choice is largely dependent on mere assumption. Well, most Nigerians order for jollof rice in restaurants around the world, so one can easily assume that jollof rice is Nigeria’s best food.

You can check out this list of Popular Nigerian Dishes

Below is the image of jollof rice which in my opinion is the most Consumed food in Nigeria

jollof rice
Here is the link for Jollof Rice Recipe

Other Nigerians consider different foods as their best.

Eba and Egusi soup

Egusi and catfish soup

A combination Eba and egusi soup is second on this list, right after jollof rice, lots of Nigerians consider this food as their best, men especially.

I have seen people that wouldn’t go a day without having a big plate of their Favorite Nigerian Swallow.

Eba is one of the popular swallows in Nigeria.
Egusi soup can also be combined with fufu or pounded yam.
Here are some great Nigerian foods that everyone should eat in their lifetime

Porridge yam

Yam Porridge Recipe

Porridge yam is a popular yam recipe in Nigeria. Lots of people consider this their best food. Over the years I have tried lots of different recipes and written about them.

Click for Porridge yam

Ewa (Beans Porridge)

Porridge beans
We eat lots of beans in Nigeria.

Either we are using them for moi moi or we make porridge out of them. This is beans porridge the Nigerian way.
I served with fried plantain cubes.

Porridge Beans Recipe

Moi Moi

Moi moi recipe

Moi moi or beans pudding is a popular food in Nigeria. it could be paired with pap or custard and served as breakfast or dinner.

The major ingredients, is beans (black-eyed peas), a popular staple food in Nigeria.

Fried rice

Fried Rice

Fried rice is a very popular food in Nigeria. It is one of the most expensive rice recipes in Nigeria. Usually, it is served as lunch in major Nigerian hotels and restaurants.

Now tell me about your own best foods.

What is your best Nigerian food?

Eba boy answered 11 months ago

What I consider the best food in Nigeria is garri which is also called eba. Millions of home in Nigeria eat eba for breakfast lunch and dinner, rice is a little more expense but garri is easily affordable.

Chizobafrances answered 5 months ago

Well, going by what you said, I might not really be able to pinpoint what might be the best Nigerian food for your visitors as I don’t know their tastes, but I would be able to pinpoint a few foods. 

A)  Rice 
The first food that should come to your mind when a Nigerian visit is a rice. Rice comes in a lot of varieties such as fried rice with beef/chicken, jollof rice with beef/chicken, white rice and stew, sauce, or gravy, coconut rice, rice, and ofada stew.

B)  EBA AND SOUP
Eba, Fufu, and Amala, popularly known as a swallow, are usually eaten by Nigerians, with a wide variety of soups such as Okro soup, Vegetable soup ,Edika-Ikong soup, Afang soup, Oha soup, White soup, Ofor soup, Fisherman soup, Ogbono soup, etc.
 
C)  BEANS AND BEAN PRODUCTS 
Not everyone loves beans, but you can serve that to your guests if they are big on beans. Beans can be served in different ways: White beans with white rice and stew, white beans with stew, white beans with sauce, porridge beans, porridge beans with plantain, porridge beans with potatoes.
 
You can also serve your guests with bean products like moin-moin, which can be served alone,  with rice or with custard. You can also serve them with Akara and bread, or Akara and custard. 

D) YAM 
Yams are delicious when properly made. You can serve your visitors’ fried yam, which can go with a fried egg, or boiled egg, or sauce, or gravy or fried plantain. Sometimes, all are combined together. 
   
You can also boil the yam, to be served with oil and onions, or boiled or fried eggs, or even beans.

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