The 10 most debated Nigerian and South African meals — BBTitans

04 February 2023
Food is the big theme this week in Biggie’s house, so while the housemates learn more about traditional cuisines from the southern tip of Africa and the west, we look at some of the most debated dishes in both countries.
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Amasi and sugar

In South African Nguni languages, amasi refers to fermented milk product that tastes like cottage cheese or plain yoghurt. Typically, a dish of amasi consists of this product mixed with finely prepared uphuthu, a drier, crumblier version of maize pap.

An explosive debate does the rounds every few months. Some people feel that the sour taste in amasi is the whole point, while others swear by a bit of sugar. For the former crowd, it is feared that adding sugar to amasi diminishes the dish as a flexible stable that can be enjoyed for dinner since it now functions more like a cereal.

Beans and mayo

While millions of South Africans tend to agree on which standard salad variations are considered tradition for the classic seven colours Christmas meal, there are a few bones of contention. One of these is the continued usage of the word "salad" when referring to the simple mixture of beans and mayonnaise.

To solve the problem, we could bring up the original meaning of a salad. According to the Oxford dictionary, a salad is “a cold dish of various mixtures of raw or cooked vegetables, usually seasoned with oil, vinegar, or other dressing and sometimes accompanied by meat, fish, or other ingredients".

”It would appear that beans dipped in mayo do not meet these criteria. This still does not change the fact that many households regard this mixture as a salad and love it.

Cereal and warm milk

How do you like the temperature of the milk you add to your cereal? You might be surprised at how subjective your answer is. While some people regard it the norm to use cold or room temperature milk to retain the cereal’s crunchy texture, others prefer their cereal soaked in warm milk.

The big debate is: warming the milk will lead the cereal to be soggy. How could that be possibly enjoyable for cereal? The other side loves their cereal exactly like that and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. It ends there.

Eggs in a potato salad

The potato salad is a classic staple at many family gatherings in South Africa. It is delicious, nostalgic, and appealing. Recently, there have been debates on whether or not adding eggs to a potato salad is required. Some feel that the salad is incomplete without adding boiled eggs, while others question their presence in what should be … well, a potato salad. You choose your fighter.

Creamed spinach

Creamed spinach is merely one of numerous ways of preparing this delicious vegetable. But for many, creamed spinach is an offence that undermines the classic taste of the veg!

Egusi soup and white rice

Egusi is a traditional Nigerian soup made from melon seeds. It's typically eaten with the crowd favourite, pounded yam, or other Nigerian staples like eba, amala, or semovita. However, some people claim it tastes fantastic with rice and spaghetti; some even eat it with bread.👀

Yam with beans and spaghetti 

On no occasion should anyone eat the beloved yam with anything other than eggs or sauce. However, some people love carbohydrates so much that they add many variations to one plate. It can also be called the sapa meal. Sapa means broke, so when you are broke, you'll want to be full.😂

Garri with milk and Milo 

Made from cassava, garri is like a cereal that Nigerians love to eat with sugar, ice cubes, and add-ons like groundnuts, kilishi, suya, fried fish, and kuli-kuli. Some people claim you should never eat garri without milk and Milo, while some think this combination is an abomination.

Noodles and bread

Bread is life; while some people find this combination weird, others live for it, and to step down, they add a chilled bottle of their favourite beverage, most times a fizzy one.

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