Sudanese Cuisine

Possum is 5 years 8 months

Bandicoot is 3 years 6 months

Little Princess is 1 year

So I guess after yesterday’s post, you are all chomping at the bit to find out about our Sudanese experience, right?

I have to admit that the first disappointment of the evening came when we walked into the restaurant – there was cutlery on the table!  What’s that about???  I was promised eating with my fingers!!!  *sigh*

There were a couple of other negatives, too.  The restaurant looked beautiful – wooden floors, wooden tables, wooden chairs – but oh, it was so noisy!  And, unfortunately having kids that can’t sit still, people kept glaring at us as ‘though we were making all the noise (one table even complained about it).  Can you believe it, we weren’t!  Sadly it was so noisy that it really made me feel physically uncomfortable.

The other negative was one of those bad luck things that you can’t really help. The restaurant was fully booked, but one of the waiters had failed to show up for work.  This left one poor man wearing out his shoes as he did his best to attend to everyone.  All things considered, he did a mighty job and somehow managed to remain very pleasant.

Now, to the food.  I think I would have enjoyed it more if it wasn’t in direct comparison to the Ethiopian the night before (AND if I had have been able to use my fingers).  The boys were in Heaven – they ate bowl after bowl of plain cous cous.  Can you imagine plain cous cous?  Doesn’t sound too appetising, does it?  They love it, ‘though.

To start we shared some dips: garaa (pumpkin dip), aswad (eggplant dip) and fol (broad bean dip) served with kisra – a kind of flat (very flat) bread.  It is funny how different people like different things.  My friend fell in love with the garaa, but personally, I didn’t like it at all.  I, however, really enjoyed the other two.  Good thing that we were sitting next to each other!

The mains were served with cous cous (if we managed to scrape a few grains from the boys) brown rice and assida, a sort of cornmeal bread.   We shared tamia – sort of like chickpea balls, a little like falafel, sudi – a stack of roasted eggplant and veges with a delicious sauce (nom, nom, nom!), maeez, a goat casserole (I don’t know what that was like – I don’t like goat – it tastes too much like lamb), digag saliga, chicken in a peanuty sauce and wasn’t that just super yum, and finally bolti, fish in a banana and coconut (and peanut) sauce – I think it was let down a little by the fish itself.  I would have liked to have tried the lahma modardama – spicy meatballs – too, but we were concerned that they would have been too spicy for the littles.  We needn’t have bothered, considering they were too busy eating their body weights in cous cous!


We only got a couple of desserts between us, but they were both fantastic – hilpaa, a fenugreek pudding (we thought it might be a bit strong, but it was a beautiful, delicate balance of spices giving you that warm fuzzy feeling inside they way only Arabian spice mixes seem to do) and zalabia, honey balls with ice cream.  We also tried the Sudanese coffee.  It is nothing like the rich, smooth coffee of Ethiopia.  Instead it was quite heavily spiced.  It smelled so lovely and aromatic when it came out.  I could smell cardamom (confirmed by the waiter) and I have since learnt that it also contains cinnamon, but when we sipped it, the cloves were the dominating flavour.

So all in all?  It was nice, but not nice enough.  I would like to try Sudanese again, but probably not at that restaurant – the noise level put me off completely.


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