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11 Must-Try Dishes from East, West, North, and South

Aside from the “Jollof war” that has made Nigeria and Ghana go against each other. There is still so much to enjoy when it comes to culinary delicacies in Nigeria. The giant of Africa as it is sometimes called by many has many indigenous foods but for the purpose of the article we are picking only eleven.

With each dish, you might, quite frankly, start drooling from reading this. Welcome to a world of flavors, a symphony of aromas, and a tapestry of cultures that weave together to create a truly unforgettable experience when you come here.

As a seasoned traveler, I have had the pleasure of tasting these delectable treats and can attest to the wonders that you are missing out on. Here are 11 must-try dishes from East, West, North, and South Nigeria.


Suya (North):

The North calls you with the enticing aroma especially if you love meat. Those fiery grilled meat skewers that promise a burst of flavor with every bite. The tender meat, infused with the robust spices, is a sensory delight that will leave you craving for more. The smoky fragrance in the air, mingling with the excitement of the bustling streets, will awaken your taste buds like never before.


Banga Soup with Starch (South-South):

As you dip your spoon into a bowl of Banga Soup, the rich aroma of palm nuts and spices envelops you, transporting you to the lush landscapes of the Niger Delta. The combination of crayfish, fish, and local herbs brings forth a symphony of flavors, while the smooth and stretchy starch adds a comforting touch to this coastal delight. Oh, what a treasure  you have found in this South-South gem!


Efo Riro (South-West):

With every spoonful of Efo Riro, you will savor the blend of hearty spinach stew and the tantalizing spices that dance on your taste buds. The flavors of the Yoruba cuisine come alive in this dish, reminding you of the warmth and richness of your grandmother’s cooking. You can pair with pounded yam, Fufu, Amala or any solid of your choice. It’s a nostalgic journey to your roots.


Afang Soup with Fufu (South-East):

The enchanting aroma of Afang Soup beckons you to explore the culinary heritage of the South-East. As you indulge in the wild spinach and waterleaf blend, mixed with an array of protein-rich ingredients, you will savor the velvety texture that makes you feel at home. The Fufu’s smoothness complements the soup, creating a delightful harmony of flavors.


Tuwo Shinkafa (North):

In the North, you are in for a treat as you taste the creamy goodness of Tuwo Shinkafa. The soft and stretchy rice swallow, paired with a savory soup, is a match made in culinary heaven. Close your eyes, take a bite, and let the rich flavors of the Northern tradition transport you to a world of culinary bliss.


Boli (South):

Picture this – the sweet aroma of grilled plantains fills the air, and you can’t resist the temptation of Boli. As you savor the smoky caramelized sweetness, you know you are experiencing the true taste of the South. Every bite is a flavorful revelation that leaves you wanting more of this beloved street food.


Miyan Taushe (North):

In the North, you will find comfort in Miyan Taushe, the velvety pumpkin soup enriched with groundnut paste and a medley of meats. With each spoonful, the earthy flavors and the creamy texture embrace you like a warm hug. It’s a taste of tradition that nourishes both your body and soul.


Edikang Ikong Soup (South-South):

The South-South embraces you with the inviting aroma of Edikang Ikong Soup. As you savor the vibrant flavors of waterleaf and ugu leaves, blended with palm oil and crayfish, you will feel the essence of the Niger Delta in every mouthful. Pair it with a swallow, and you have a culinary masterpiece that showcases the region’s abundance.


Okpa (South-East):

Get ready to be enchanted by the soft and spongy texture of Okpa. The steamed bean cake is a marvel of flavors, with a nutty undertone and a hint of spice that you can’t get enough of. It’s a snack that satisfies both your taste buds and your soul.


Kilishi (North):

In the North, you are in for a delightful surprise with Kilishi – the spiced and air-dried beef or goat meat snack that’s perfect for on-the-go munching. As you savor the intense flavors of the spices, you can’t help but appreciate the creativity and ingenuity that goes into preserving this culinary gem.


Jollof Rice (West):

Saving the best for last, “I” present you the crown jewel of West African cuisine – Jollof Rice. As you take your first spoonful, the explosion of flavors will leave you in awe. The perfectly cooked rice, infused with tomatoes, onions, peppers, and a secret blend of spices, is the embodiment of culinary perfection. Jollof Rice is not just a dish; it’s an experience that you won’t soon forget.



Nigeria’s culinary journey has you covered from East to West, North to South, and everywhere in between. Each dish is a testament to the country’s cultural diversity and the passion of its people.


Travel Inn invites you to join “us” in savoring the essence of Nigeria’s culinary treasures. From the bustling streets to the popular eateries, let Travel Inn guide you through an exploration that celebrates the vibrant flavors and heartwarming traditions of this extraordinary nation – Africa’s top travel destination. So, what are you waiting for? Come, taste, and experience Nigeria like never before!

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