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New Series: Waakye of the Week

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Today’s post is the first post in a new weekly series called Waakye of the Week. This new series will highlight Ghana’s vibrant street food culture. Waakye (pronounced ‘waa-chey’) is Ghana’s most popular street food.

Each new post will feature a different chow (food) or chop bar (roadside food stand). The post series will also discuss current events in Ghana’s street food scene such as the longstanding waakye war in Accra between two popular chop shops, Auntie Muni’s and Katawodieso.

Now that I have no income and no appetite for what I cook myself (besides oatmeal, of course), I have started to eat street food (almost) daily. There are a ton of vegetarian options and I can buy lunch for under a dollar.

Don’t know where to begin? No shakin’, chale! That’s Pidgin English for, ‘no worries’. This series will teach you how to find and eat delicious street food in Ghana without getting sick.

Street food is the best way to experience Ghanaian cuisine. PERIOD.

Restaurant culture in Ghana is poor, to say the least.  As a rule of thumb, whenever I dine at a restaurant I typically choose three entrees that whet my apetite so that I can quickly order my second or third choices if my first or second choices are not available. Frequently a restaurant will serve only a partial menu due to certain ingredient’s being finished. After you order, depending on this, that or the other, it can take upwards of two hours to receive your meal.

Street food is prepared in minutes, if not seconds, before your eyes.

Over time, however, chop bars have lost patronage to the growing restaurant scene and many have closed their doors.  Here’s to hoping some things never disappear.

Street food culture in Ghana is a difficult scene to navigate alone so let’s navigate it together. Recommend or review a chop shop below!

The featured image, Stomach Has No Holiday, pictures a chop bar in Akosombo, Eastern, Ghana.

2 Responses to New Series: Waakye of the Week

  1. Kofi Ampomah January 12, 2015 at 3:09 pm #

    Clara great piece however Auntie Muni and Katawodieso are considered upscale waakye joints. waakye is originally from the Northern parts of Ghana and some of the best waakyes are cooked in the no street corners of Nima. I will re-orientate your waakye experience. But that don’t mean i don’t love this piece though great write up with truth in every line of it.

    • clara.ranzetta@gmail.com January 12, 2015 at 3:40 pm #

      Kofi, this is great information. Thanks for the perspective! I’m not a waakye expert and I won’t pretend to be. It sounds like we need to take a trip to Nima sometime soon to develop my waakye palate. I’m already excited.

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