[Updated 26 May 2021]
Though exotic meals are delicious and exciting, these dishes can get tiring and make you feel homesick. There are certain foods Nigerians miss the most when living abroad. These dishes may not necessarily be our favourite Nigerian food but they remind us of home and its amazing memories.
Here are a few foods Nigerians miss most while living abroad:
1. Ewa Agoyin
Ewa Agoyin is just beans and a burned pepper sauce but it’s a special Nigerian food. People say they can make this at home but can they really? Getting the sauce burned to the point where it’s still edible is an art only Nigerian streetfood sellers can create.
Asun is a popular Nigerian food made of goat meat cooked in pepper sauce. It usually serves as an appetizer or hors d’oeuvre, if you want to be fancy, or even as a side dish with rice. When Nigerians abroad crave asun, they remember family gatherings or parties back home.
Abacha, also known as African salad, is a popular Nigerian food from eastern Nigeria usually sold on the street. You definitely won’t find this meal on the streets of Canada or London.
4. Akara and Pap
You know it’s Saturday morning when you wake up to the sweet aroma of akara with freshly made pap. This Nigerian food is deliciously made of fried ground beans and boiled ground corn or millet.
Is it the best sausage roll in the world? Probably not, but this brand of sausage roll is known nationwide as your go-to snack when you’re stuck in traffic or you just need a quick bite and it’s usually best paired with a bottle of Coke or Lacasera. A Nigerian food list is incomplete without Gala.
6. Garri and Groundnut
Nothing is as soothing as taking garri and groundnuts with cold water. If you want to be fancy or a little controversial, you can add some milk for that extra kick. This Nigerian food combination gives a kind of fulfilment that only a true Nigerian can understand.
Indomie noodles have become a household name in Nigeria, so much so, that other noodle brands get called Indomie too. Every Nigerian has their way of cooking noodles. Even though there are other brands of noodles abroad, Indomie has a unique taste and is now known as a Nigerian food.
There are different species of plantain but the Nigerian version is special. Whether fried, boiled or roasted, plantain is definitely a Nigerian food missed by most locals abroad.
Suya has been called so many names like barbecued meat, kebab and many others. Forget what you’ve seen on TikTok- if it’s not wrapped in newspaper and dipped in that special pepper then it’s not our beloved Nigerian food, suya.
9. Agege Bread
You can’t make a list of Nigerian food and not mention Agege bread. Sure you can get better types of bread, like brioche, abroad but will it ever be like Agege bread? Absolutely not!
What most-loved Nigerian food do you miss most while abroad? Let us know in the comment box below.
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119 thoughts on “Nigerian Food Locals Miss While Abroad”
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.
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.
My mouth is taking the glimpse not my EyEs.
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
i miss 9,12,19& 20.
Yam pepper soup with cooked with goat meat
Bole mixed with roasted fish and yam
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.
I fully agree with you. You are absolutely spot on.My favourite is boli and groundnut. Nice work.
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
I wish to leave this country one day like you all, to experience other people’s culture and traditions
I miss the delicious ofada rice , asun, suya, agege bread. In fact I miss that I can’t mention
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.
I love discuss website
And everything is true,if i don’t take garri in 1 month dat means I’m not feeling fine
This is awesome, mouth watering things.
Please leave your comment…oh boy emm…d saliva 4 my mouth jus dey flow not stop, abeg i dey hung
Omo no be small thing ooo, i feel like seeing those foods right now now now now
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 ?
Oh boy. Wow, my mouth was just watering for each item (apart from gala n lacasera, just not for me)
what a great food for great nigerian. eat wishly
what a great food for great Nigerian eat wishly
This website represents my country Nigeria well. Long live my home Nigeria!!!!!
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
fufu and eba!!! lols.
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.
Nice delicacies,as truly, there is nothing like home.You can also get these delicacies through the amazon website,through this book. Best In Town Nigerian Food.
…its very obvious that a lot of foreigners have long refused to go back to their various countries due to their love for Nigerian native foods,especially Asians and Middle Eastern countries.
‘Niger no Good’… but No One wants to leave.
ENJOY NIGERIAN DISHES WHILE THE OFFER LASTS!!
I miss all
I miss AKPU AND OGBOLO SOUP
With BUSH MEAT
Ah, Jollof rice with chicken and garri are DA BEST!!!!!!
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We are always on the look out for new crockpot recipes, especially at this time of year. The holidays are so busy — without our slow cooker, we’d have to eat sandwiches or fast food at least 3 night a week!
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This was yummy! I’ve never made spaghetti squash before and I’m not sure if it’s supposed to me soft or not when it’s done. My squash was on the larger side so maybe I should have cooked it longer. Sounds wonderful!! I’ll have to try this on weight watchers :). I love spaghetti squash so I usually poke a hole in it and cook it in the microwave about ten minutes. That gets it half way done. Then I finish by roasting it cut side down in the oven because it has better flavor!!
You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter to be actually something which I think I would never understand. It seems too complex and very broad for me. I’m looking forward for your next post, I will try to get the hang of it!
I used to enjoy Agege bread and beans those days in lagos.
this is really yummy i love it
Egwusi is the hype for many Southern Nigerians.
Ooh, I’ll have to try this! I love fried chicken but with a toddler we have to watch what we serve at meals! Now I can have fried chicken again!
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But if you de abroad you are really missing a lot … Can’t do with these Nigerian meals