Food in Guinea-Bissau
Because Guinea is abundant in fish and rice (homegrown or imported from Thailand) is relatively inexpensive, most Guineans eat rice with fish. Meals with beef, goat, chicken, or pork are more expensive. Palm oil and peanut sauces, as well as a variety of vegetables, are used in the preparation of meals. Guineans also consume wild/game meat (deer, monkey, beaver, and so on), but since these species are endangered, it is not advised to support them. Because Guineans are renowned for their generosity, you will always be invited to share a meal with a number of people (it is customary to eat from a big bowl)…”bin kume, no kume.”
Mangos, papayas, oranges, grapefruits, bananas, cashews, and peanuts are plentiful, depending on the season. Try the sour “fole” fruits and baobab fruit juice as well (sumo de cabaceira). Imported fruit (apples, pears, pineapples, watermelons, etc.) may be purchased at Bissau’s “fera de prasa,” although it is more costly than in Europe.
Lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, bell pepper, parsley, okra, potatoes, carrots, onions, garlic, chile, and sweet potatoes are among the vegetables offered at marketplaces.
Sandwiches with hardboiled eggs, omelets, salmon, or meat are common street snacks, as are doughnuts, cake, or hardboiled eggs. Locals like frozen juice packaged in tiny plastic bags.
Drinks in Guinea-Bissau
Non-Muslims like drinking cashew wine or palm wine, whereas the inhabitants of Guinea-Bissau enjoy drinking a sweet green tea known as “warga.” Portuguese beer, wine, and soft beverages are also available for purchase, although they are more costly. Foreigners are advised to consume only bottled, filtered, or boiling water.