GASTRONOMY

The gastronomy of Equatorial Guinea has a wide variety of dishes and is influenced by African cuisine, as well as by the European.

In the rural areas, the food is based on meat and fish, and in the large cities we can find restaurants in which to try traditional African food as well as western dishes, and especially, Spanish dishes such as the potato omelet and paella.  

At present, in the two large cities, Malabo and Bata, hotels can be found with very wide possibilities of menus, as well as pizzerias or small restaurants where the gastronomy of the area is combined with more western food. There are no strict rules regarding hours, so it is easy to eat at any time of the day, up to the closing time.

The principal difference between the African and European cuisine is rooted in the use of sauces made from typical products such as peanuts, ñame or the ocro. Another clearly differentiating element is the use of wild animals in the preparing the dishes, such as crocodiles, pangolins, snakes, monkey, antelope, turtle, gazelles, to name a few.

Fish also form part of the national gastronomy. When trying it, it is worthwhile to look for places that serve an exquisite, recently-caught fish, and simply ask for it charcoal broiled. In some towns they even serve an incredible, recently-caught lobster. Furthermore, you can’t miss, if possible, a delicious dish of typical or biolas snails.  

The Pepesup (spicy fish soup) is one of the basic dishes of Equatoguinean cuisine, as is pangolin with chocolate, bambucha or peanut soup. And nearly all of them are usually accompanied by rice or by green plantain.

One of the main secrets of the Guinean cuisine is the use of the condiment called andok, which is gathered for local use, but in times of good harvests it is also exported to other countries.

The typical drinks are palm wine or tope (coming from palm trees) and malamba (sugar cane), although today the most popular drink is beer, which is also most appreciated by the tourists, since their favorite brands can be found almost any place, and it is especially pleasant for confronting the hot and humid tropical climate.

In the typical markets of Guinea, we can also find an enormous variety of fruit and vegetables. We can find papaya, pineapple, plantain, banana, avocado, mango, coconuts, bisongs, guayaves, engongs… and a long etcetera, which are really exceptional, for their size as well as for the quality and taste.

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