Food you must try in Zambia

30 Jul 2018

traditional foodZambia is not typically known for its cuisine, but there are plenty of traditional favourites that should be explored when visiting. Here are 5 popular dishes:

Nshima is a staple food in Zambia. The dish is made from maize flour and water and is almost always eaten with two side dishes: a protein source that is often meat or fish, and a vegetable – mainly rape leaves and pumpkin leaves.

Freshwater fish
When in Zambia, one of the more unique dishes to try is the fish endemic to the Kafue, Luapala and Zambezi rivers. These include Bream, Nile Perch and Salmon.

Biltong is a form of dried, cured meat that is generally made from beef – but sometimes pork, poultry or even ostrich. It is seasoned with black pepper, salt, vinegar and coriander.

Typically cooked in a BBQ, crocodile can be cut in a variety of ways. Steak, burgers, sausages and ribs are all popular options. It is low in fat and cholesterol and high in protein.

Sautéed insects
Grasshoppers, caterpillars, cicadas, flying ants and mopane worms are seasonal delicacies offered in Zambia. Although not for everyone’s taste buds, insects are mainly enjoyed due to their well-balanced source of nutrients and vitamins.