This blog details five foods that every person who visits Ghana needs to try!
1. The “Red” Sauce
There is a spicy, tomato sauce that a lot of restaurants put alongside jallof rice. At the sight of the “red” sauce, my mouth waters! It is the right amount of flavor, spiciness, and adds a perfect kick to any meal.
2. Jallof Rice
You cannot come to Ghana and not have a scoop of jallof rice. Jallof rice is a staple in Ghana that is added to basically any protein. The best jallof rice that I have tasted was at a restaurant called “The Basement” located on the University of Ghana at Legon.
Kelewele is something that everyone needs in their life sometimes. Kelewele is essentially chopped fried plaintains flavored with a hint of cayenne pepper and ginger. Kelewele is eaten as a side dish or appetizer and is usually available at restaurants.
4. Fan Ice
Fan is a godsend in Ghana. Fan Ice is an ice-cream snack that is sold on the streets or in gas stations. When the hot Ghanaian air surrounds you for hours, it is so refreshing to nibble on a Fan Ice. There are three primary flavors: vanilla, chocolate (my favorite) and citrus.
5. Palava Sauce
YUM! Palava sauce has to be one my favorite dish during my time in Ghana. Palava sauce is a spinach-type sauce that has a huge kick of spice that is usually served with chicken and a side of plain rice. This sauce is the closest thing to a homemade dish—I am definitely learning the recipe to it!