Forget milk…Got thiebou djeun?

tdjeun.jpgIf Senegal were known only for 4 things, they would probably be in my opinion (in no particular order): Youssou N’Dour, the lingua franca known as Wolof, the Gorée island and…thiebou djeun its main dish :-). This succulent dish is basically made of stuffed fish cooked with a rich assortment of vegetables- eggplants, carrots, cassavas and white cabbage and it is served with an exotic fried white rice. To use the words of Stewie Griffin, the sensation of eating this exotic dish would be comparable to “an orgy in your mouth” :-D. I’ve been eating thiebou djeun for as long as I can remember, from my days in Abidjan, Libreville (damn these Senegalese are everywhere) and finally here in the Big Apple.

So where in the NYC can you sample this popular Senegalese dish? My default destination in Harlem used to be La Marmite, but apparently their lease had expired so they closed doors. Africa Kine in Little Senegal has now become the destination of choice for my friends and I. They feature a nice decor, good food and (don’t laugh) credit card processing, which is a first for an African restaurant in Harlem. The place is big enough to accommodate an entire village, so feel free to invite the family. Another spot I’ve discovered recently (following a funny story involving a restaurant only serving one item from their menu) is South Beach on the corner of 124th street and Lenox ave. Apparently the owner has named the place after his favorite vacation spot but come on! What does South Beach have to do with African food? In any case don’t be fooled by its name, the decor is enchanting, the food delicious (varies from African to Caribbean cuisine but i hear the place’s a juice bar as well) and the service is great, courtesy of Fatou and another waitress whose i can never remember (sorry darling). Another one of my favorite dishes that the places above also serve is grilled fish and attieke (from Ivory Coast) but this post is about thiebou djeun damn it! :-D. Why don’t you come up to Harlem and satisfy your curiosity at those restaurants? I’m sure it’d be worth the trip…

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