Food in Benin
Street sellers offer anything from beans and rice to grilled chicken, goat, and/or turkey in every city/village. Prices are negotiable. But be cautious; always pick a seller whose food is still hot and whose dishes have been kept covered with a lid and/or cloth.
- Boulets de Poulet avec Sauce Rough (Chicken Meatballs with Red Sauce)
In Africa, Beninese cuisine is renowned for its unusual ingredients and delicious meals. Fresh meals are served with a variety of essential sauces in Beninese cuisine. The most prevalent component in southern Benin cuisine is maize, which is often used to make flatbread, which is mostly eaten with peanut or tomato-based sauces. The most frequent meats used in southern Beninese cuisine are fish and chicken, although cattle, goat, and bush rata are also eaten. The primary staple of northern Benin is yams, which are frequently served with the sauces described above. Northern regions residents consume beef and pig meat that has been fried in palm or peanut oil or cooked in sauces. Some meals include cheese. Fruits such as mangoes, oranges, avocados, bananas, kiwi fruit, and pineapples are frequently consumed, as are couscous, rice, and beans.
Meat is often very costly, and meals are typically low on meat and heavy on vegetable fat. The most prevalent method of meat preparation is frying in palm or peanut oil, while smoked fish is popular in Benin. Grinders are used to make corn flour, which is then formed into a dough and served with sauces. The term “chicken on the spit” refers to a classic dish in which chicken is cooked over a fire on wooden sticks. Palm roots are occasionally tenderized by soaking them in a jar with saltwater and chopped garlic before using them in recipes. Many individuals cook on outdoor mud stoves.
Drinks in Benin
The beer is inexpensive and delicious! Local bars (buvettes) may be found on every street corner in every area. Depending on the pub, you may buy a bottle of local beer “La Béninoise,” Heineken, Guinness, Castel, and other beers. They are all about 250 CFA for a small bottle and 500 CFA for a big bottle. Beer is exorbitantly priced at nightclubs, costing up to 30000 CFA each bottle! Stick to the neighborhood pubs or avoid purchasing alcohol at a nightclub. There is also the native vin de palme (palm wine), an alcoholic beverage produced from palm tree sap. A fermented palm liquor (Sodabi) is also available; a liter costs approximately 2000 CFA and is VERY powerful.