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10 must-try dishes in Lagos

From fine dining, to street food and beyond, a trip to the Nigerian capital of Lagos is incomplete without trying these 10 mouthwatering dishes.

Dodo

A perfect snack for strolling along Bar Beach

A perfect snack for strolling along Bar Beach

The epitome of portable comfort food, dodo is slices of deep-fried plantain, cut into bite-sized chunks and lightly seasoned. Try it with a thick, spiced tomato stew or eat it on it’s own while strolling along Bar Beach.

Ogbono

A classic Nigerian flavour combination

A classic Nigerian flavour combination

Ogbono is a great introduction to Nigerian stews – this versatile meal is usually eaten with carbohydrates like fufu (boiled and pounded cassava) or pounded yam. The base mix of palm oil, spices, and African mango is a classic flavour combination that will leave you hungry for more.

Suya

Get these grilled meat skewers cooked to perfection

Get these grilled meat skewers cooked to perfection

Suya is a dish traditionally associated with Northern Nigeria, however it’s possible to get these grilled meat skewers cooked to perfection in Lagos. There’s even a much-praised vegetarian version on the menu at VeggieVictory in Freedom Park.

Kilishi

A delightfully spicy snack that can keep for months

A delightfully spicy snack that can keep for months

Kilishi is a jerky variation of suya, but instead of skewers, the meat is marinated until it can be cut into thin sheets and left to dry in the sun. The result is a delightfully spicy snack that can keep for months or be eaten in minutes, depending on your self-control.

Ewa Agoyin

Mashed bean seasoned with peppers and onions

Mashed bean seasoned with peppers and onions

Deeply-satisfying street food at it’s finest, ewa agoyin is mashed brown or white beans, seasoned with dried peppers and onions. Typically served alongside tomato stew with a side of hot yam, bread, or fried plantain.

Dambu Nama

Seasoned with ginger, dried peppers, onions, garlic and suya spices

Seasoned with ginger, dried peppers, onions, garlic and suya spices

Dambu nama is beef or chicken (although sheep and goat meat are popular as well) spiced with ginger, dried peppers, onions, garlic and suya spices. The dish is boiled, ground and then fried to create fine strands of meat that melt in your mouth.

Moin Moin

A savoury bean cake steamed in banana leaves

A savoury bean cake steamed in banana leaves

Nigerian cuisine has a well-deserved reputation for juicy, perfectly-spiced and seasoned meat dishes. Less well-known but just as worthy of praise, are the vegan options like moin moin – a savoury bean cake steamed in banana leaves. For non-vegans moin moin can alternatively be garnished with dried crayfish, ground beef and boiled eggs.

Akara

A breakfast staple in Nigeria

A breakfast staple in Nigeria

These deep-fried bean fritters are a breakfast staple in Nigeria but are also sold by street vendors in Lagos throughout the day, providing a great energy boost for flagging sightseers.

Jollof Rice

One of Nigeria’s best-known culinary exports

One of Nigeria’s best-known culinary exports

A long-grain rice dish cooked with tomatoes, peppers, onions and fiery scotch bonnets (a type of Caribbean pepper) – jollof rice is one of Nigeria’s best-known culinary exports and every vendor in Lagos has their own version. Thanks to the city’s coastal location jollof rice in Lagos is often accompanied by locally caught seafood.

Abacha

A fresh, filling side or main dish

A fresh, filling side or main dish

Abacha – nicknamed ‘African Salad’ – is an Igbo dish that combines grated cassava, ground crayfish, dry peppers, garden eggs (a form of eggplant), palm oil and green leafy vegetables to create a fresh, filling side or main dish.

Where to sleep it off

Maroko Bayshore Suites

Maroko Bayshore Suites

International travellers to Lagos endorsed Maroko Bayshore Suites on Victoria Island as a great spot for exploring Lagos’ culinary range. For views of the city with your own private terrace, check into the Greens Manor and enjoy a sunny evening snacking on dodo while people watching.