22 Foods Nigerians Miss Most While Living Abroad

Even though, exotic foods are delicious and enjoyable; once in a while, some of these foods can make you feel rootless and homesick. We know it is not easy to bring Nigerian foodstuff abroad. If you try it, you will be shocked at how people will snigger at your bags packed with Nigerian foodstuffs at the airport, especially when you have Iru (locust beans) in the bag.

There are certain foods Nigerians miss most when living abroad. Although, these foods are not necessarily our favourites, but they remind us of our fatherland and it is no wonder we get sad when alternative foods do not meet up with the original ones in taste and appearance.

Here are 22 foods Nigerians miss most while living abroad:

1. Pounded Yam and Egusi Soup

Pounded Yam
Pounded yam is incomplete without Egusi soup – melon soup. Pounded yam is made by boiling yam and pounding it. Nigerians abroad prepare alternative pounded yam using yam flour but it doesn’t taste like the original pounded yam.  Although, the Yoruba people are known to be fond of pounded yam, some other Nigerian tribes also love this delicious delicacy.

2. Tuwo Sinkafa

Tuwo Shinkafa is one of the most delicious foods in the Northern part of Nigeria. Tuwo is made by soft rice and spicy sauce. The Hausa tribes love this food and that is why most of them living abroad miss it so much.

3. Ewa Aganyin

Ewa Agoyin Photo Source: 9jafoodie

Every Nigerian beans lover are crazy about Ewa Aganyi. Ewa Aganyi is made up of cooked beans and pepper sauce. It is a delicious beans dish, well-known for its softness and tasty sauce.

4. Party Jollof Rice

Party Jollof Rice Photo Source: BuzzNigeria

A Nigerian party without Jollof Rice is no party! There is a theory that party jollof rice are unique. Well, the food has a unique taste and aroma that is different from any type of jollof rice. Most Nigerians look forward to ‘owanbe’ parties, simply because of the delicious foods including jollof rice.

5. Amala and Ewedu Soup

Amala and Ewedu and fish Stew
Amala and Ewedu soup is classic Nigerian food, mostly eaten by the Yoruba tribes, especially people from Oyo State, but it is appreciated by other tribes.

6. Poundo-Cocoyam and Oha Soup

Oha Soup and Pondo-cocoyam
This mouth-watering delicacy is mostly eaten by people from the Eastern part of Nigeria, the Igbo tribes. Every Igbo family treasures this meal and that is why they miss it so much when they are abroad.

7. Adalu

Adalu Photo Source: Vegannigeria

Adalu is a combination of beans and corn, cooked together with flavourful seasoning and spices. Most Nigerians ate lots of this delicious meal when growing up, so they have deep love for it.

8. Moin Moin

Moin Moin
Moin Moin is a Nigerian staple food which is very rich in protein. Moin Moin is a cooked bean pudding made from combination of grounded – pealed beans, pepper, and onions. It is very delicious and tasty.

9. Abacha and Ugba

Abacha and Ugba
Abacha and Ugba is known as ‘African Salad’ and it can be eaten as a meal or snack. Many people eat it as a meal because it is fills up your stomach just like any other meal. This meal is well-known in the Eastern part of Nigeria, among the Igbo tribes and they love it.

10. Semovita and Efo Riro

Semovita and Efo riro
Semovita has become a popular food in Nigeria and it serves as an alternative for Pounded yam. People who do not want to go through the stress of pounding yam prefer eating Semovita. Semovita is usually taken with Efo Riro (Vegetable soup), which makes the meal more delicious and nutritious.

11. Akara and Pap

Akara and Pap Photo Source: 9jafoodie

Nothing makes your Saturday morning better than waking up to the sweet aroma of Akara (beans cake) with freshly made pap. This meal is so delicious and tasty. Nigerians abroad will yearn for it whenever they wake up on Saturday morning.

12. Starch and Banga Soup

Banga soupphoto Source: 9jafoodie

Banga Soup is well-known in the Southern part of Nigeria. They soup can be taken with Starch and it is a very delicious Nigerian food. Who wouldn’t miss it?

13. Ofada Rice

ofada rice sauce Photo Source: Dobbys Signature

Ofada Rice produced locally in Nigeria. What makes it special is its unique flavour and aroma. Most Nigerians abroad will jump with excitement at the sight of ofada rice.

14. Kilishi

Kilishi Photo Source: fabdivawrites

Well, you may find many alternative dried meat wherever you are, but Kilishi is the only one that has that unique Nigerian taste, aroma and spice.

15. Suya

Suya has been called so many names, barbecued meat, kebab and many others. But Suya is Suya and you can only find it in Nigeria. There is no definition for the kind of feeling or sensation you get when you take hot Suya, especially when it is soaked in Yaji (Suya Spice). This delicacy is utterly delicious that it gives Nigerians multiple foodgasms.

16. Gala and Lacasera

Gala and Lacasera Photo Source: ihypeihype

Gala and Lacasera – there is always a romantic relationship between these two, they are made for each other. Most Nigerians love Gala and Lacasera especially when they are tired and stuck in traffic for hours.

17. Agege Rocky Bread

Agege Bread
There are different types of breads in Nigeria but Agege bread is unique. People call it perfect because it has the right amount of ingredient, not too soft and not too hard. Some Nigerians abroad has a weakness for Agege bread and they miss it a lot.

18. Boli and Groundnut

Boli and Groundnut
Boli – roasted plantain is very tasty when taken with groundnut, it is truly a delectable snack for Nigerians and that is why they miss it most when they travel abroad.

19. Asun Goat Meat

Asun Goat Meat Photo Source: Afrolems

Asun is a popular Nigerian barbecued goat meat with pepper sauce. It serves as an appetizer and always classified as a finger food. Asun is well-known in the Western part of Nigeria, among the Yoruba tribes. When Nigerians abroad crave for Asun, they remember their family gatherings or pleasant memories from home.

20. Nkwobi

Nkwobi, a cooked spicy cow leg is a popular traditional desserts in Eastern Nigeria. Most Nigerian men visit Igbo restaurants on Friday nights to enjoy Nkwobi.

 21. Nigerian-made Indomie Noodles

indomieremixes Photo Source: 9jafoodie

Indomie Noodles has become a household name in Nigeria. Every Nigerian has different ways of cooking and eating their noodles. Even though, there are other brands of noodles abroad, Indomie noodles has a unique taste and gives you a homey feeling.

22. Ijebu Garri and Groundnut

Garri and Groundnut
Nothing is as soothing as taking Garri and Groundnut with chilled water in the afternoon. The combination gives a kind of fulfilment that only a true Nigerian can understand. When you take Garri and groundnut isn’t there, it just feels wrong.

What food do you miss most while abroad? Let us know in the comment box below.

95 thoughts on “22 Foods Nigerians Miss Most While Living Abroad

  1. Wow what a great list. God I am so hungry right now.Wished I could get hold of any of the above listed food. I really missed Naija. Naija for life.

  2. Set the records right please. It is biased when you say “although the yoruba tribe is fond of pounded yam while some other tribes also like this delicacy” the truth remains that the Yoruba tribe eats pounded yam only on special occasions , whereas it is a daily serving for the Tiv man of Benue state. Therefore , to include the original owners of pounded yam and the producer/exporyer of over 70% of the yams exported to all of the country from Benue as “some tribes also like it” is very limiting. Yoruba can claim amala but definitely not pounnded yam. Benue is called food basket of the nation chiefly because of its yams.

  3. My mouth is taking the glimpse not my EyEs.

  4. Me, I so miss roasted plantain, corm, yam, cocoyam and potatoes with d pepper sauce and kpomo/fish/ugba u eat it with
    I really miss abacha and ugba.
    I also ve missed banga soup made with palm kernel and starch.
    I miss my native soup…made with palm kernel and grounded leaf (black soup) edo soup.
    I miss agidi and ekor
    I miss bobozi…sliced cassava and coconut.
    Fresh oha leaves, bitterleaf,uziza,scent leaf, etc

  5. i miss 9,12,19& 20.

  6. Yam pepper soup with cooked with goat meat

  7. Bole mixed with roasted fish and yam

  8. Chai….. There is God-oooooo ….. Check out the pictoral presentations alone… They are rich and mouth watering… excellent job and more grease to your elbow my sister. Well-done.

  9. I fully agree with you. You are absolutely spot on.My favourite is boli and groundnut. Nice work.

  10. Nasty american is better

    • Y comment then….only 4 Nigerians who have taste buds

    • Y comment then….only 4 Nigerians who have taste buds @redsox

    • oh yes, this looks like barf

  11. I wish to leave this country one day like you all, to experience other people’s culture and traditions

  12. I miss the delicious ofada rice , asun, suya, agege bread. In fact I miss that I can’t mention

  13. Having schooled in both Nigeria and Europe, Having visited several cities across the world in different international airlines, I found my native Nigeria foods as the best for both my physical and psychological well being, i vividly recall an instance where I was traveling aboard an inter continental airline from a country in Asia to Europe, and I was served a native delicacy of the Asian country in the Aircraft, when I did not enjoy it, or eat in the tradition of the country of origin of that food, I found a particular passenger laughing and discussing me with her daughter. I therefore asked my colleague who is from that country, and seated by me in the aircraft. I found his anwer offending and annoying when he told me that the woman told her daughter that Africans dont eat normal food, because they always don”t have access to normal food as a result of war fare and poverty. i tried to know more about her only to confirm that she has never visited Africa, and she is an ex factory worker in Asia who now trade her products between Asia and Europe. I was consoled by realizing that her exposure and understanding is limited to her native home. To worsen the situation, Nigerian embassies and high commissions in countries outside Africa are not doing enough to encourage the promotion of Nigeria restaurants, thus making the making some Nigeria occasional visitors to Asia and Polar countries always returning home lean and hungry. Some times they even fall sick as a result of absence of Amala and pounded yam with semo and Akpu, and blame it on weather. All airlines operating Nigeria route should be encourage to serve Nigeria native foods prepared by reputable hotels. That is where to start the advocacy. Thanks for reading, and dont feel intimidated that you cannot eat Asian or European foods, because they cannot eat your ogbonor or ewedu in good style.

  14. I love discuss website

    And everything is true,if i don’t take garri in 1 month dat means I’m not feeling fine

  15. This is awesome, mouth watering things.

  16. Please leave your comment…oh boy emm…d saliva 4 my mouth jus dey flow not stop, abeg i dey hung

  17. Omo no be small thing ooo, i feel like seeing those foods right now now now now

  18. You tried sha. But I think this list should have been food Yoruba’s abroad miss.
    I think you should have done more intensive research before publishing a post like this because you won’t expect an Igbo, Hausa or ijaw man to miss Amala and ewedu or efo riro?
    And pls what is poundo-coco yam ?

  19. Oh boy. Wow, my mouth was just watering for each item (apart from gala n lacasera, just not for me)

  20. This website represents my country Nigeria well. Long live my home Nigeria!!!!!

  21. There is no place in this world that you can see these types of food .That is why Nigerians are strong, healthy, beautiful, handsome .God really blessed Nigerian people with wisdom on how to make nice food .Nigerians cook healthy food

  22. fufu and eba!!! lols.

  23. seriously, anytime my parents take me and my siblings to an African restaurant here in Calgary ,i just feel home again . i am not big fan of Nigerian swallow but i miss my Nigerian party rice and the ofada rice .The jollof rice and all here just makes me feel more Canadian when my mom cooks it . I miss my country “Nigeria”

    • You are absolutely right especially on the airlines not operating Nigeria routes not serving our native food.
      Who knows some of these Asian and European might get to eat it in the plane to once they see the way it’s even served.

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