In our new Globe Trotter series, Viral Travel reviews all the best places to see, eat and stay at in every country of the world!
This week we visit: Angola
Angola used to be a Portuguese colony for more than 500 years. This has influenced their cuisine with Portuguese spices and techniques used for preparing traditional Angolan foods like fresh fish and shellfish available along the Angolan coastline.
One of the most popular Angolan dishes is the Angolan river fish, Kakusso, prepared with beans and cooked in palm oil. Also try Calulu, dried fish or meat layered with fresh fish or fresh meat, onion, tomatoes, okra and sweet potato leaves.
Restaurants in Luanda will serve international dishes, but their seafood and game dishes are the best. Traditional Angolan beer is brewed from the African palm nut and also called Cuca Beer. Informal shops with snacks, beer and wine are often called Cuca shops. Maize beer and palm wine are also favorite alcoholic drinks.
Lagers and soft drinks can be found in most cities and towns, and restaurants in Luanda serve some of the best wines from South Africa. Tap water in Angola is not safe as it remains untreated in many regions. You should only drink mineral water, available in shops. In an emergency, boil water before using it.
However, besides their traditional food, Angola also enjoys fine dining, and food and drinks festivals are globally recognized.