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Ethiopian Traditional Food – Is it for You?


Ethiopian Traditional Food – Is it for You?

a couple eating traditional ethiopian food

I was visiting my parents in New York, and my parents enjoyed it. I’m not going to say that they are foodies, although they probably can fall into that category, they really enjoy trying all these different cuisines. Since I had never been able to try Ethiopian cuisine, I decided to give it a try. That’s why we’re going to be talking about Ethiopian traditional food. That you can safely decide if it’s for you or not

In New York City, you can’t go wrong. There used to be a saying when I lived in New York City that you can literally eat around the world without ever leaving New York. That’s how many restaurants and how many cuisines there are available for you to try in New York. I mean, it’s amazing, and somehow it got on the topic of this cool restaurant that my parents just tried out, and it was an Ethiopian restaurant.

Ethiopian Restaurant

I personally am not that big of a foodie. Not only that, but I actually am not a very courageous eater at all, especially because I don’t really enjoy anything spicy. I don’t eat meat. So I am vegetarian

But they actually have this really amazing vegetarian dish as well, which is very Ethiopian. Immediately I was like, okay, I have to go here. My husband and I found there’s only one Ethiopian restaurant near us in Manhattan. So we arrived there. We arrived early because we like to eat earlier.


They sit you down at this table, but it’s not really a table. It looks like an inverted drum. It looks like this humongous bowl as your table. It’s kind of like those big drums that you see people drumming, like made out of wood and high.

However, it was like this big bowl and that’s the table. Also, they do have little tiny tables where you can put drinks because you definitely can’t put anything on the actual table.

The menu

So they come out with a menu and the menu is pretty basic. Because you are there for the Ethiopian restaurant, for the Ethiopian food. We ordered, so they have these two Ethiopian-style stews.

The Food

We got the Shiro de Kibbe. I think that’s how you pronounce it, which is basically a peasant dish. It’s a legume stew.

Also, they give you something that looks like a tortilla, but it’s not really a tortilla because we’re so used to the tortillas here in Guatemala. It’s like this pancake, like flatbread. It actually got a bit of a weird type of texture to it.

Furthermore, they bring you the dish, and it goes inside this bowl, this table, I guess it looks like this big inverted drum which is a big bowl, and it’s a really interesting experience. They bring out all these different things, so they have, like this chickpea thing. They have this stew, and what you do is you just eat it up with that thing. 

And then, of course, we also ordered wine that is from Ethiopia. It was a sweet kind of wine. Obviously, it’s much different than the kind. It wasn’t the great wine that we’re used to, it was more of fruity wine.

woman eating ethiopian food


I’m not sure if I personally would ever go back for more.

My husband, on the other hand, absolutely loved it. So obviously it’s all about taste. But if you have a really cool cuisine that you’re not used to and you’re like, I don’t know, that sounds kind of weird, or I don’t eat this. Give it a shot. 

You might not like it, but this way you actually try something new, and it could be a whole new experience.

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