10 foods that are most underrated in Nigerian parties and why
Have you ever attended a party and been served a meal that made you think, “What is this? I can’t eat this, yuck!” But then you realize that the same meal is something you actually enjoy and would happily lick the plate clean at home? These types of meals fall into the category of dishes that elicit such contrasting reactions.
- Oha soup
Oha soup is a traditional soup from the southeastern region of Nigeria. It is prepared using oha leaves and cocoyam as thickeners. Unlike egusi soup, which is more popular and commonly served at parties, oha soup is mostly prepared and enjoyed at home.
In situations where both soups are offered, people tend to choose egusi over oha due to its popularity. However, those who have tasted oha soup can attest that it is a delicacy worth trying. This information is especially useful for individuals not of Igbo descent and interested in experiencing the unique flavours of oha soup.
Beans is a dish that is often overlooked, not only at parties but in general. Many people strongly dislike this delicacy and would likely avoid it if it is served at a party. There are complaints about how beans can cause digestive issues such as diarrhoea and trigger heartburn for those with ulcers.
However, if beans are given proper attention and prepared without adding ingredients that may accelerate their softening process, I believe it has the potential to be enjoyed.
- Bitterleaf soup
Bitterleaf soup and oha soup share similar ingredients, with the main difference being the type of leaves used. However, I would like to share my opinion rather than delve into why people may not enjoy bitter-leaf soup at parties.
I do not prefer this soup due to the inclusion of long leaves that require extensive chewing alongside meat. Consequently, when all other meal options have been consumed, and I am left with no alternative, I typically opt for simple water. This is my sincere viewpoint on the matter.
Ikokore, referred to as Ifokore, is a traditional Nigerian yam pottage dish considered a staple delicacy among the Ijebu people of Ogun state, Nigeria. Unlike traditional yam pottage, which uses white yam, Ikokore uses grated water yam.
However, despite its cultural significance, this dish is often overlooked and underrated, possibly due to its appearance, which may give the impression that it should only be enjoyed in the privacy of one’s home.
- Dog/pork meat
These two types of animal meats have been the subject of controversy over time and are considered inappropriate to serve at a party. If served, there is a risk of upsetting people when they find out what they have eaten.
Rather than deceiving or underestimating their intelligence, it is advisable to avoid these meats altogether. People often choose not to consume them due to religious or personal beliefs. Using alternative meats such as fish, chicken, beef, or chevon is recommended.
Bole is a highly trendy Nigerian dish that is often overlooked. It refers to a roasted plantain served with sauce. Plantains are incredibly nutritious and offer numerous benefits to the body.
However, the reason why this dish is underrated at parties remains unclear. Perhaps some individuals believe that the smoke from the fire used to roast the plantain could potentially stain their clothes and hands, as Bole is typically eaten without utensils.
Nevertheless, I assure you that Bole is a locally beloved dish that is both flavorful and nutritionally rich.
- Ogbono soup
Ogbono soup, also known as draw soup, is made from bush or wild mango seeds. While it is a favourite dish for many people, personally, I would not choose to have this soup at a party.
One reason is that it can be quite slimy and may potentially drip onto your clothing. Additionally, eating Ogbono soup can be a bit cumbersome as you have to take the time to separate the slime from your ball of garri.
So if you’re looking for more enjoyable party meals from the menu, it might be better to head home. Still, it’s important to note that others highly favour this soup.
- Groundnut soup
I understand why some may choose not to include groundnut soup at their party, as it may not be widely known or popular outside of the Abakaliki area of Ebonyi state. However, if prepared with the right ingredients, it can be a delicious dish similar to egusi soup.
On the other hand, groundnut soup is often underrated and not well-known, leading some to question why someone would use groundnuts to make a soup. This can make it seem abstract or unusual to some people.
- porridge yam/ Plantain
This particular type of cuisine is not as elegant as jollof rice and fried rice. It is meant to be consumed indoors, which may be the reason why it is not highly regarded.
Yet, if you consider it, dishes like this, featuring abundant ponmo and smoked fish served on a large, beautiful ceramic plate, could meet the same standards. I’m just sharing my thoughts on the matter.
Despite its rich garnishing, this particular Igbo delicacy is often overlooked at parties. The reason for this might be the intricate processes involved in its preparation. The dried tapioca used in making this dish goes through various steps to transform into what is commonly known as African salad.
However, it is important to note that this delicacy can be a perfect fit for any event and is beautifully adorned at upscale parties, providing a delightful taste you won’t want to miss.