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: Mozambique
Mozambique is an African country where innumerable cultures mixed over the years and where Portuguese influences are still felt in the cuisine. Today, we will be looking at some truly delicious national dishes and drinks that you have to experience when visiting Mozambique.
Mozambique is famous for seafood. You will have the freshest fish, crustaceans and everything else that can be harvested from the ocean there. Among these, their prawns are perhaps the most famous and the most ubiquitous. You will eat plenty of prawns in Mozambique – grilled, fried, in sauces (such as Peri Peri sauce), without fries, etc. If you visit some local restaurants, you also have to try matapa, a traditional dish made from cassava leaves, garlic, coconut milk and ground peanuts. Quite often, it also comes with prawns.
Paõ is something you will most likely eat in the street – white bread rolls which are baked in wood-fired ovens. They are delicious. Peri peri chicken is another Mozambique staple dish, another one that the Portuguese left behind. It is what its name would suggest, chicken prepared in peri peri sauce which can be quite spicy.
If we’re talking drinks, you should keep your eyes open for Tipo Tinto, a brand of rum that everyone drinks in Mozambique. Our advice – mix it with something. As far as beers go, 2M is probably the best beer you can have in Mozambique.