Food & Drinks in Tanzania
Food in Tanzania
- Produce is often of excellent quality. Meat and milk may be challenging for western palates and diets, so make sure any meat is well cooked. You won’t have any problems at hotels, but if you go to a small town, be sure to filter or boil all water before drinking it, and peel all fruits and vegetables before eating them.
- Mtori (cooked beef and bananas) and Mchicha (vegetable stew with pork or fish) are two popular local meals.
- If there is a food that may be considered Tanzania’s national dish, it is most certainly Ugali. It’s a polenta-style meal prepared with maize flour that goes well with cooked meats and stews and is eaten with your hands. Recipes differ from town to village, and everyone makes it their own manner. It’s boring and unattractive to many foreigners, but it’s worth a try, and some upmarket restaurants offer it.
- If you can stomach the enormous quantities of sugar added to this drink, Chai Maziwa (chai with milk) is a local favorite and well worth tasting.
- Food on the street is likewise inexpensive and abundant. Barbecued corn on the cob, as well as chipped potatoes (fries) barbecued over a roaring fire, are delicious.
- Mandazi is a delicious doughnut-like snack that is prepared fresh every morning. It’s great with coffee in the morning and as a snack.
- Due to Tanzania’s significant South Asian population, a wide range of restaurants provide food from all across that area of the world. Any restaurant near Hindu temples (especially in Dar) is an excellent choice. You won’t be disappointed if you see where the local Indians eat. The majority of the cuisine is prepared with a lot of Ghee, or clarified butter, which may be difficult to stomach for certain individuals.
- Chips Mayai (chips fried in an omelet) are a Tanzanian speciality that can be found at virtually every African food stall. They’re very excellent at pili pili (hot sauce).
Drinks in Tanzania
- Bottled water is inexpensive and readily accessible throughout the United States. You should only consume tap water if you have no other choice; otherwise, it should be filtered with a high-quality filter and purifier or heated to a boil before drinking. Tap water has been discovered to be polluted with e-coli germs in recent testing.
- Konyagi is a fantastic gin-like beverage that is exclusively available in Tanzania.
- Kilimanjaro, Serengeti, and Safari are three domestic beers that are western-style and extremely excellent. Tusker, Stella Artois, and Castle are some of the imported beers.
- Locally made banana beer is also available on occasion, although it is not recommended for consumption. You’ll sip it out of a hollowed gourd, as is customary. The visitors are served first, followed by the elders. Fermented bamboo juice (Pombe) is a popular drink in certain areas of Tanzania.
- Many eateries provide passion fruit, mango, and orange drinks, which are delicious when the fruits are in season.
- Stoney Tangawizi (ginger ale – tangawizi means ‘ginger’ in Swahili) is one of the most popular soft beverages available.
- Orange Fanta, Bitter Lemon, Soda Water, Tonic Water, and Lassi are all popular drinks (a sweet or salty yogurt drink).
- A lot of excellent coffee estates may be found in northern Tanzania. Despite the fact that coffee is not as popular in Tanzania as it is in Ethiopia, with a little research, you may get a good cup of java to replace the instant “Africa” coffee provided in most eateries.