Food was not the highlight of my trip to Ethiopia but I was looking forward to tasting real Ethiopian food in Ethiopia.
While the injera certainly did not disappoint, I was often overwhelmed with the portion size at restaurants. It seemed like every dish I ordered was meant to be eaten by three people. Another interesting difference between Ethiopian food in the US and Ethiopia is that there were not as many vegetables in Ethiopia. I found most people ordered meat dishes, shiro (which is basically a buttery sauce) or Kaffir (stir fried injera). There was often only one or two vegetable dishes on the menu and many times the restaurants wouldn’t have any. Despite this, I enjoyed some delicacies I cannot find in the US, like Ethiopian cheese and raw beef and a smoothie made from barley and honey.
|Injera with tibbs and firfir
|Injera with Shiro and collard greens
|An Ethiopian medley!
|False banana (fermented_
|Besa (buckwheat juice with milk and honey)
|Spritz Juice with Strawberry, Mango, and Papaya
I was surprised to find such an abundance of Italian food in Addis Ababa, but it makes since given Ethiopia’s wars with Italy. While Ethiopia was never colonized, the Italians did stay long enough to leave some of their traditions in the country like the macchiato, pizza, and pasta. I ate pizza and pasta many times on my one week trip, and in fact, the best Italian restaurant I have ever tasted is in Addis Ababa (Abucci).
Random Western Food
Often when I travel I crave the familiar, so fries and hamburgers and coca cola were welcome respites for me.
|Burger and fries
|Chicken Cobb salad
|The best caramel donut I have ever had
|Quiche and salad
|Beet root salad
|Excellent green cherry cake
|Always ubiquitous, always Coca Cola