Food in Ghana
Traditional cuisine is simple to prepare and enjoy. The most popular traditional meal, fufu, is made out of pounded yam, plantain, or cassava balls that are eaten with a variety of soups and meat or fish stews. Groundnuts, palm nuts, okra, and other vegetables are often included in soups. Banku is a fermented corn variation of the meal that is traditionally served with grilled tilapia or okra soup.
Rice dishes are also common, although many Ghanaians, particularly men, do not regard them to be a “genuine” meal. Jollof rice is a meal as unique as the chef who prepares it, although it often consists of white rice cooked with veggies, meat bits, and spices in a tomato-based sauce. Waakye is a bean and rice dish that is usually served with gari, a crushed cassava powder. Rice meals are often accompanied with shredded lettuce, cucumber, and tomatoes, as well as a dab of Heinz salad cream or mayonnaise. These lunches may be had for as low as GHS1.50 to GHS2.50 from street vendors.
Plantains, yams, and sweet potatoes are served as tiny snacks in a variety of ways. Kelewele is a spicy fried plantain snack that is very tasty. When in season, fresh fruits including pineapple, mango, papaya, coconut, oranges, and bananas are delicious and may be purchased by the bag for as low as 10 cents.
In a restaurant, a delicious African dinner may be had for as low as GHS3.00 to GHS7.00. A lobster and shrimp meal, for example, may be had for as little as GHS6. There are also a lot of Western and Chinese style eateries, particularly in Osu, an up-and-coming Accra neighborhood.
There’s also tilapia and banku.
The cost of tilapia varies depending on its size and where it is purchased. Other less well-known local traditional dishes include Aprapransa, mpotompoto, and others.
Drinks in Ghana
Plastic bottled water (e.g. Voltic, 1.5 L, c. GHS1.00), heated or filtered tap water, and “pure water” sachets are all regarded safe alternatives to drinking water from the tap. These filtered sachets are available in 500 mL quantities. Bottled water is preferred by many foreigners.
According to at least one research [www], bottled water is the safest option. Despite the fact that “pure water” sachets are more widely available, 2.3 percent of those tested had faecal germs. Stick to carbonated drinks or bottled water if you want to be safe.
A drink will cost between GHS2.00 and GHS4.00 at Accra’s expat-friendly pubs. GHS1.50 for fruit drinks, GHS1.00 to GHS1.50 for water. Two of the most popular beers offered are Star and Club. Visit a “spot,” a pub marked by blue and white stripes on the exterior of the building, for a more engaging and gratifying experience. They are less expensive, and you will definitely be able to meet some local Ghanaians while listening to the latest hip-hop music.
Soft drinks such as Coke, Alvaro, Fanta, and 7UP (which the locals refer to as “minerals”) are readily available for GHS0.70.
Be aware that the bottling business owns the bottles in which minerals or beer are given to you; if you do not return it to the vendor, they will forfeit GHS0.50, which is likely more than you paid for the drink. Make sure you inform the vendor if you will not be drinking the drink on the “spot” or at the roadside stand. Frequently, you will be requested to pay a deposit, which will be refunded once the bottle is returned. Traditional beverages include “pito,” “asaana,” “burkina,” and “bisarrp” (sobolo)