Enugu is a city in South Eastern Nigeria, The city is known as the headquarters for most Nigerian daytime and nighttime delicacies such as Nkwobi, Okpa, Abacha, Isiewu, Ugba, Agbugbu, Ukwa, Akidi, Achicha, Asaja, Pepper soup and many others. If you are ever in Enugu, below are top five food you cant afford to miss while in the city.
Abacha, also referred to as African salad is a traditional Igbo meal of eastern Nigeria, abacha which originated from Enugu State is made from cassava. Abacha is one of the most common food in Enugu and can be served as an appetizer or main meal, it is mostly used to welcome visitor before serving them the main meal. Abacha can be prepared in so many ways depending on the community you visit or the home you visited. No event happens in Enugu without Abacha in the menu. Abacha can be prepared in so many ways and its best served with fresh palm wine.
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Okpa, also referred to as king’s meal or lion’s food is a popular Igbo dish of Eastern Nigeria which originated from Enugu State. Okpa is made from bambara flour gotten from bambara nut. Okpa is very easy to prepare as few ingredients are required and it takes just about 45 to 50 minutes to cook. Okpa which is mostly wrapped in banana leaves or thin white nylon bags can be gotten anywhere in Enugu as vendors sells them in virtually all the joints and parks in the state. Okpa can best be eaten with. Coke, Pap, soaked garri or tea. For visitors who did not get enough in the state capital or forgot to buy, don’t be afraid because you can still buy Okpa Wawa at 9th mile corner for people traveling to the west or north, Obolo Afor for those traveling to the north or Aki na Ukwa in Awgu for people traveling southwards. Believe me, your stay in Enugu is not complete if you didn’t eat Okpa.
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Agbugbu ”Fio Fio” Nicknamed ”six to six” is a favorite dish for most locals in Enugu especially Artisans, Traders, Construction Workers and Students. and most visitors tend to fall in love with this meal at first taste. Porridge made with yam and a kind of beans- Pigeon peas, a tropical and subtropical perennial legume that belongs to the family of Fabaceae. The meal is easy to make, all you have to do is cook the pigeon peas until they are soft, then gently mash and boil together with the yam and a little bit of water until the yam is cooked. It is usually accompanied with palm oil onion and pepper sauce.
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Nkwobi is a much loved delicacy in the Eastern part of Nigeria, popular among the people of Enugu, Nkwobi comes in so many varieties as it can be prepared with cow meat, goat meat, stock fish or even chicken. The most popular of all Nkwobi is Isi Ewu, (goat head) cow tail nkwobi, cow leg nkwobi or kpomo nkwobi. Nkwobi can be found virtually in every beer palour in Enugu, people mostly don’t prepare Nkwobi at home because it takes time so they prefer to buy from restaurants and local joints who cooks in large quantity, except in the case where they have many visitor. Nkwobi is best enjoyed with palm wine, beer or any other drink.
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Ukwa, Nicknamed ”Food for the Gods”. Ukwa is one of the popular food eaten by the Igbo people. In Enugu, It is one of the most poplar but expensive food you will find in the City. Ukwa is made from fresh breadfruit. There are many ways to cook ukwa, it can be boiled and eaten plain or with other ingredients added, it can also be toasted and eaten with coconut or palm kernel nuts. Ukwa is cooked and eaten at home, parties, weddings, burials etc. In some occasion Ukwa is reserved for the special guests and in most homes it is cooked one in a while.