Now here’s something I was amazed to find here. This is kenkey, a favorite Ghanaian dish. It’s made of fermented corn meal, shaped into balls, wrapped in banana leaves then steamed. It is usually eaten with soup or stew. Ghanaians are crazy about it.

I can’t tolerate anything bitter or sour, so just the scent of fermented corn meal was enough for me to know better than to try it. I saw it everywhere in Ghana, but I never thought I’d see it in Alexandria.

5 Responses to Kenkey

  1. passante says:

    Hmmm. I think I’ll give it a miss. Years ago I lived next door to a Korean family who cooked kimchi every night. I’ve been told over and over that it’s delicious, but I can’t bring myself to try it because I smelled it cooking, and I couldn’t get past the smell. I am probably missing a taste treat because of that.

  2. MarieMcC says:

    I don’t believe it. If something smells bad to you, how could you possibly enjoy it? Smell is inextricably linked to taste. A lot of people feel sorry for me because I don’t like seafood. Well, don’t feel bad for me. Seafood smells like roadkill to me. There’s no way I could enjoy eating something the smell of which makes me want to get out the shovel and dig a hole.

  3. Wow, I won’t tell you what I first thought it was! Maybe can give some insight into this as well?

  4. Anne says:

    Smell is also very cultural. What smells good to one culture is hateful to the other. I guess it’s the culture that’s speaking here.

    Having said that…i think i’ll also pass on it =)

  5. Thomas says:

    Kenkey is a delicious staple of the coastal tribes in Ghana, it is usually eaten with fried fish and a hot chilli sauce. The Ga people have a strong fermented variety that’s wrapped in corn husks but the Fanti version pictured above (in shrink wrap) which is milder and has a smokey flavour is to die for!

    I’m a Ga but I am extremely partial to Fanti kenkey.

    Excellent stuff!

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