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Ethiopian Food

This is probably one of the most unique What I Ate Wednesdays I have done. Last Thursday my coworkers and I went out to and Ethiopian restaurant. I was a little nervous on what I would be getting myself into but very excited to try this new to me cuisine. I’m linking up with Jen over at Peas and Crayons to bring you my adventure.

It started off by walking into a small 10 table restaurant where we were the only people who weren’t native of Ethiopia. Everyone knew each other and when we walked in the talking stopped. I felt confident we would be getting the most authentic food. We sat down and were handed menus.

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I had no clue what anything on this menu was, so I let my coworker who had eaten it before order for all of us. All I had to do was pick what I wanted to drink. I could have been safe and gone with a wine I knew or some water, but hey why not go all in, so I ordered the house wine.

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The wine was served at room temperature and it was sweet. Like tang sweet without the little tartness tang has. It wasn’t citrus based, more like a mango or some other musky fruit. It didn’t taste like it had any alcohol in it, but after about half of this carafe I was feeling a little warm so I knew it did. Finally our food came and was placed in the center of the table.

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Then placed on the table was what looked like rolled up paper towels, it was in fact a bread like tortilla that we would be eating with. It was spongy and a little flavorless, you can see it on the plate above, it is what all the food is placed upon.

Going around the plate starting with the yellow and going clockwise we had curried chickpeas, spicy lamb, split peas, salad, green beans and carrots, beef, spinach, cabbage and carrots, and more salad. In the center there was a chicken leg and a hard boiled egg in some spicy sauce. I can’t tell you what the sauce was made of or what spices were in most of this but it was really good. Eating with your hands was weird, and when it came out it didn’t look like enough for all of us to share, but we couldn’t even finish it all.

I tasted a lot of curry and a lot of gram Marsala, but I also tasted a lot of flavors I have never had before. It reminded me a lot of Indian food, but with less flavor. If I had to choose I would pick Indian every time. Eating with the bread and not with any sort of fork or knife was really weird, but it didn’t bother me and I was able to enjoy the experience.

I am really happy I stepped out of my comfort zone and tried it, I don’t think I will be going back though. There is so many other foods I like so much more and there is so much I still need to try.

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10 thoughts on “Ethiopian Food”

  1. Glad you tried Ethiopian food! I had my first taste of Ethiopian food in Washington DC many years ago (where there is a HUGE Ethiopian population). The only other place I’ve had Ethiopian food is in Oakland (CA) which also has a fairly large Ethiopian population.

    1. I’m glad I tried it too! A few of my friends have also had it in DC, I guess that is the hub of where you try it. I don’t know if there is a large Ethiopian population in the Boston area, but it was cool to get something so authentic.

  2. Ah Ethiopian food. I have a love hate relationship with it. I’ve travel to Ethiopia 2x and the first time I loved the food. But towards the end of my second trip there I couldn’t stomach it. I don’t like when the ingera gets too soggy. The flavors are amazing…if you can get over the mush:)

  3. I remember going out to an Ethiopian restaurant for a friend’s birthday when I was little – a girl knocked over the serving platter/table and got water everywhere, it was so embarrassing! Your eats look delicious though!! 🙂

    1. oh my gosh! First off, what diverse friends you had to have Ethiopian food for their birthday! I always had pizza and cake. Second, so sad, I hope you have made some good memories from it too though.

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