With the blend of African and European flavors, Benin gives some of the most delicious foods in the world. Their foods are popular for their amazing sauces, which accompany almost all foods in the country, from foods in fancy restaurants to street food items.
In this article, we will tell you what dishes to try when you visit Benin. We have picked the 10 most popular foods in Benin; these are some of the must-try cuisines in the country.
The spicy and extremely delicious plantain called aloko is one of the most popular snacks in Benin. Locals love eating aloko with peanuts. It is super easy to prepare, and it won’t take much of your time. The main ingredients in this food are lemon, nutmeg, salt, and oil. However, you can also add bouillon powder cubes.
The national dish of Benin, kuli-kuli, is a pure blend of proteins and nutrition. It is very simple yet healthy food. It is prepared with smashed peanuts, which are transferred into biscuits and then deep-fried in oil.
3. Dahomey Fish Stew
This traditional Beninese dish consists of fillets. The fillets are taken from the low-fat and highly firm fish. These are then rolled in flour and then fried. The fried ingredients are combined with tomatoes and onions and are served with rice.
Akpan is delicious Beninese dumplings made of fried corn. It is normally served with a dipping sauce. It is very common street food in the country, and you must try them out. The main ingredients in Akpan are cornflour and water.
5. Yovo Doko
Another mouthwatering street food from Benin, yovo doko, is also the national dessert of the country. This sweet treat is made of sugar, yeast, flour, and water. The dough is then deep-fried in oil. Once cooked, the food becomes crusty from the exterior while its interior remains soft.
Wagassi, or in simple words, the Beninese cheese, is something both locals and visitors love. It has a very mild flavor with red rind. Traditionally, wagassi was prepared by the women of the Fulani people. However, today its production is highly common in Benin.
7. Fufu and Garri
Also locally known as eba, fufu and garri have roots in Nigeria. However, it is widely cooked and eaten in Benin too. It is prepared by processing cassava which they call garri. There are various methods for preparing and eating fufu and garri.
Akkara is a very delicious appetizer or snack. You don’t need a specific time for eating this food. It has a bean-like taste. The main ingredients required for preparing akkara are dried white beans, salt, chopped onions, flour, cayenne pepper, and oil.
9. Peanut Soup
Extremely healthy and delicious peanut soup is something every Beninese love. It is made with peanuts, onions, tomatoes, butter, salt, black pepper, cayenne, coriander, garlic cloves, etc. However, some people also add other ingredients like carrots for better taste.
10. Ago Glain
Ago glain is a stew from Benin. It is prepared with shellfish like a crab. Other ingredients in the recipe are chilies, tomatoes, peanut butter, vinegar, onions, palm oil, parsley, and salt and pepper. It is served with rice, and locals enjoy this food.