Taste of Ethiopian food and culture
“Ethiopia” is a land were extreme hospitality reigns it’s worth going out of your way to having at least a few excellent traditional meals. Characteristically it consists of vegetables and often very spicy meat dishes. This is usually in the form of “WOT”, a thick stew, served atop “INJERA”, a large sourdough flatbread which is about 50 centimeters (20 inches) in diameter and made out of fermented “TEFF” flour. Ethiopians eat most of the time with their right hands, using pieces of injera to pick up bites of entrées and side dishes.
Ethiopia is one of the best cuisines for vegetarians and vegans since these traditions mean there’s always a large variety of veggie options on the menu. You can’t go wrong with the “BEYAYNET”, a colorful smorgasbord of vegetable dishes arranged on a round of injera.
Ethiopians are super-proud of their coffee, which they grow domestically. Experts explain “Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee and grows hundreds of varieties! The majority of coffee is still wild grown and harvested on a very small scale.” Yeshi buna” started as a coffee shop (buna means coffee), now it has a handful of restaurants around town. the branch near meskel square is situated in an old wooden house, with each of the rooms serving as a small, intimate dining room peppered with half a dozen tables. to get a taste of everything, try the “bayenetu”, a sort of sampler platter that can be ordered with meat or vegetarian: six or seven stews and other dishes are arrayed on a large round of injera.
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The most famous cultural food is called “kitfo” kitfo is ground raw beef that’s been mixed with kibbe which is the spiced clarified butter. It can be accompanied by mitmita another popular Ethiopian spice blend.
The result melts in your mouth and tastes great with the typical accompaniments of gomen (cooked greens) and a slice of soft fresh cheese.
A special flatbread called kocho usually accompanies the dish, along with injera. “it is one of the dishes Ethiopian are most proud of, and it’s always served at parties, holidays, et cetera. We know of people who break the 55-days easter fast with kitfo.”
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In Ethiopia Walking down the street in Addis Ababa you’ll get a whiff of raw meat – and I mean fleshy raw meat where you can almost smell the grass on the animal – it’s great – at least for those of us who love meat.
Then you’ll see the slabs of a freshly slaughtered cow, lamb, and goat hanging in a little room with a butcher dressed in a white doctor’s coat carrying a big knife while slicing off pieces of flesh by the chunk.
Though Ethiopian vegetarian food is common and especially eaten on fasting days, most locals still love meat when they have a chance.