Not only is Mozambique famous for its stunning beaches, it’s also a foodies’ paradise! If sampling new culinary delights is something you look forward to on a holiday then you’re in for a treat – literally!
Here are our top suggestions as to what to sample while you’re on holiday in Mozambique:
- Galinha Asada. Literally meaning “roast chicken” it is a staple for locals and is prepared in several yummy ways. The most famous of course is the peri-peri chicken. Ingredients vary in different regions but the most popular ingredients include chilli, lime, onions and green peppers
- Rissóis de Camarão. This delicious pastry snack is usually crescent shaped and contain creamy whole shrimp sauce, and in some instances, peri-peri sauce
- Matapa. This humble dish consists of stewed cassava leaves with ground peanuts, garlic and coconut milk. It is often served with rice
- Prawns, prawns and more prawns! Mozambique’s 2 470km coastline is also bountiful with seafood. Prawns are especially abundant and are served grilled or fried and slathered in peri-peri sauce!
- Chamussas. India also had an influence on the country. These triangular, savoury pastries are inspired by the Indian samoosa. It is a popular snack street food.
- Dobrada. This Portuguese classic stew has been given a Mozambican twist. Boiled tripe is traditionally served with chickpeas, butter beans and chorizo but since these ingredients are harder to find in Mozambique, they have been substituted with potatoes, onions, tomatoes.
- Paõzinho. This bread roll is a staple in the country and bakers are taught the art of baking it at a very early age. Baked in wood-fired ovens and dusted with flour, it’s cheap, filling and addictive –especially if you buy them early enough while they’re still warm from the oven!
- Bola Polana. This traditional desert is made with mashed potatoes and powdered cashews, and citrus zest and vanilla give it a lovely flavour.