A few weeks ago on one of my numerous outings to the African store, I found some ugba and was very excited because it meant I could finally make nkwobi for my blog! I was very excited about making it and called my aunt in Nigeria that owns a catering business to ask the best methods to achieving perfect nkwobi. After taking notes over the phone, I set out to buy the rest of my ingredients and here we are. Nkwobi is an Eastern Nigerian delicacy made out of cow leg (most times). Boiled until very tender with delicious spices. The meat is then mixed with a palm oil and potash puree that has been flavored using some traditional spices and served immediately warm in African inspired calabashes.
When you live abroad, it is always a challenge to get recipes to be as authentic as back home (Nigeria). Sometimes it is because of the varied cooking methods (firewood vs electric) or even the kinds of ingredients (processed and killed live-and-direct). This does not mean that you should only have your faves when you are in the motherland, it means that you have to adjust your palette based on where you are. My nkwobi came out awesome based on the circumstances. I felt it was missing something that I could not place my hand on and I would keep trying until I can produce something very similar to what I ate in Nigeria 6 months ago. Speaking of Nigeria, I would be in the motherland In a few weeks, If you want to meet up for collaborations, hire me for a private dinner, just hangout, pick my brain regarding cameras/food etc, Shoot me and email and we can make something work. 🙂 Here is the recipe for my Nkwobi! Tastyyyyy and as always, simple!
I hope you guys have the courage to try this recipe out! Let me know as usual!
Till next time
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