The most important tip I can give you on Mozambique local food, and the only one that will make you elevate from being a tourist to becoming a real traveler immersed in the local culture, is “Stay away from McDonalds“. When visiting Mozambique, there is awesome local food to try. Head to the local eateries too, and go where the locals go. For me, the food, wine and and even the water is part of the travel experience.
What to Eat in Mozambique
As a country the Portuguese occupation has a profound impact on local foods that has produced some of the most unique and interesting cuisine within Southern Africa. Towards the coast a great deal of seafood is used within even the most basic of dishes, however, in land the maize based porridges common throughout Africa becomes staple but with some Portuguese flair. Piri-Piri, also known as the African bird’s-eye chili this extremely strong chili is common is sauce form throughout the country.
Pãozinho , also known as Portuguese rolls or Prego (beef) no pão and bifana (pork). A floury and often semi-sweet bread roll, typically served with meat in the center. Matapa, a seafood (clam, crab or prawn)stew made with Casave leaves and generally served over rice. This is one of the Mozambique staples. Camarão National, are Mozambican prawns marinaded in a Piri-Piri, garlic, onion, lemon and vinegar. Cray fish and other seafood. These are caught off the beach throughout the country and will generally be prepared with a piri-piri marinade, served with rice and matapa. Kakana This is a bitter tasting local vegetable.
What to Drink in Mozambique
The legal drinking/purchasing age of alcoholic beverages is 18. All tap water in Mozambique should be assumed to be unsafe to drink, even if it is not harmful it usually has some sediment that your stomach will not be used to. Most western oriented lodgings either provide a fresh water source or sell bottled water.
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