When you think of Mozambique, you immediately conjure up thoughts of pristine white beaches, turquoise waters, and food – glorious food!
With an abundance of fresh fruit, plentiful fish and seafood, and over 500 years of Portuguese influence, there’s no doubting the fact that Mozambique is every foodie’s dream. Here are a handful of dishes and drinks that you simply must try on your next trip to Moz.
There’s plenty of seafood dishes to choose from in Mozambique, but prawns are by far one of the highlights: whether you like yours grilled or fried, they’re always juicy and succulent! Try prawns smothered in a fiery, Portuguese-inspire peri-peri sauce or opt for a simple garlic sauce – the choice is yours!
Paõ (pronounced pow) is an absolute must when visiting Mozambique. These freshly-baked Portuguese bread roll are baked in wood-fired ovens and can be found at every market. Make your own Prego roll by adding a minute steak and lashings of peri peri sauce – divine!
Mozambique was once the world’s largest producer of cashew nuts, and there are still nut trees growing all over the country. You can buy bags of cashes from vendors on the side of the roads, and even on the beach. You simply can’t leave Moz without trying the roasted peri peri cashews at least once!
Pronounced doysh-em, there’s nothing better than washing down some peri peri chicken with this local beer after a long day spent on the beach.
Peri Peri Chicken
Speaking of which, you’ll find peri peri chicken on offer all over Mozambique. Think succulent chicken marinated in lemon juice, lashings of garlic, and plenty of peri peri sauce and you’re on the right track. Simply delicious!
No trip to Moz is complete without at least a couple of headaches as a result of this national rum! Try mixing a tot or two with raspberry flavoured cola to make a ‘Rum and Raspberry’ – every holiday-maker’s favourite Mozambican cocktail!
Are there any Mozambican drinks or dishes that we’ve left off this list? We’d love your recommendations – drop them in the comments, below!