Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Street Food, III (or Nice Chop!*)
Quite possibly the best street food experience so far: RedRed (spicy beans, palm oil, spicy tomato sauce and onions with fried ripe red plantain) for 1 cede right outside of Adum in Kumasi. The name RedRed comes from the color of the spicy beans and the fried, ripe plantain - both of which are red. The powder atop this delightful dish is called Gari, which is dried, pulverized cassava.
The lady serving it up is a bit saucy herself, laughing at the obruni's who come by to eat her food. I don't think she gets many other non-Ghanaian visitors. All I have to say is that is that the RedRed is piping hot, the Ghanaians line up to eat it and, so far, it's 99.44% risk free.
* Chop is a slang word for "Eat" in Ghana. Examples include, restaurant street vendors, which are called "Chop Shops". Good food can be called "Nice Chop". Definitely the most memorable example: when I was here 10 years ago, a student volunteer was told by a Ghanaian after his supposed sloppy eating, "You chop like pig!".