Food in Eritrea
In the highlands (near Asmara), Eritrean cuisine is dominated by spicy foods and is quite similar to Ethiopian cuisine. The mainstay is injera, a flat, spongy crepe or bread prepared from fermented grain batter. On top of that, spicy stews with meat and vegetables are served and eaten with the hands. This food may be found at a variety of places throughout the country.
Middle Eastern meals like shahan-ful (bean stew) served with pitas may be found almost everywhere, although they’re more frequently offered for breakfast or brunch in small places.
Lowland food is not widely accessible in restaurants, although there are a few basic eateries in Massawa’s old town (outermost island), close to the freeport area, that offer Red Sea cuisine such as grilled spicy fish and “khobzen” (pitas drenched in goats butter and honey).
Italian cuisine is plentiful, though not very diverse, across Eritrea as a result of its colonial past. You’ll always be able to locate a restaurant that offers excellent pasta, lasagna, steak, grilled fish, and other dishes.
There are also many Chinese restaurants in Asmara, as well as a Sudanese restaurant and an Indian restaurant (Rooftop).
Drinks in Eritrea
Beer is by far the most popular beverage in Eritrea. There is just one (state-owned) brand in the nation, so there isn’t a lot of variety, but it’s very excellent. Eritrea’s beer is served cold. Beer’s popularity is quickly followed by different soft drinks, with the most popular flavors being orange, lemon/lime, and cola, manufactured by one of the world’s most recognized companies. The same firm that controls the beer monopoly also controls the production of native Sambouca, known as “Araqi,” as well as Vermouth and other spirits. Most bars sell international brands of the same alcohol, as well as others, at a reasonable price. Outside of the Intercontinental Hotel, which costs a high price, sophisticated cocktails are not known in Eritrea (yet). There is an Irish pub at the hotel, as a side note.
Eritreans also drink a sweet honeywine known as “mies” and a local type of mead known as “suwa,” which is made from old bread fermented in water with honey.
Foreigners should not drink tap water. Eritrea has a lot of reasonably priced bottled mineral water, both carbonated and non-carbonated.
Fresh fruit juices are available in certain towns’ cafes. These should be avoided since they may cause foreigners to get ill from food poisoning. You may consume or squeeze fresh fruits that haven’t been skinned. Avoid juices that have been “ready-squeezed,” as well as ice cream and any kinds of salads. Drink only bottled water and eat only prepared meals.