8 Must Try Gambian Foods

1. Benechin

 A sort of fried rice type of dish, with various spices mixed in with meat or fish and vegetables. A favorite dish for parties and events, but also a weekly staple.

2. Domada

A white rice dish with a peanut (groundnut) sauce, with chicken or beef.

3. Afra

Take a slab of meat, with bones, chop it up into small pieces, rub oil and spices on it and grill it up and you have Afra! A local favorite, particularly for dinner.

4. Akara

Generally served at breakfast and often with bread, this is a deep fried vegan dish, made from ground black-eyed peas, sort of like the Gambian version of falafel.

5. Superkanja

A sticky, gooey, okra stew, made with beef or fish and usually served over White rice.

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6. Tapalapa

The Gambian version of baguette, which is a breakfast favorite and can come with tons of different things on it, including even pasta! Served at small stands all over the country. Best, in our opinion with mayo and boiled eggs.

7. Yassa

Onions are the primary focus of this dish, which is usually served with chicken. The dish mixes mustard, chile, lime, and Maggi, with onions, to serve as a sauce over chicken and then is served with or over white rice.

8. Wonjo

Awesome juice made from hibiscus flowers and sugar (if you have the authentic kind, lots of sugar!)