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Last night I went for my first ever Nigerian meal, organised by doseybat and pointed out to me by nou, at Abuja Connection in Crystal Palace.

We were the only customers, despite being there for three hours, and the staff of two were lovely, popping up and down the stairs to make sure we were all right, laughing delightedly at our menu choices, and preventing us from ordering combinations that wouldn't go together. We started with Kake-recommended moin moin, a steamed cake made from ground beans which was delicious, like cornbread steeped in something spicy. We didn't quite manage to finish it all, so I had the last chunk for pudding.

I wasn't sure about the Traditional African main courses on the menu, especially the ones with 'assorted meat', so I had grilled tilapia. This was a large and tasty freshwater fish which had somehow been prepared so it had the flavour and consistency of gingerbread. Sounds weird, was delish. He, or she, was served with plantain roasted to the point of being slightly caramelised at the edges, and the whole ensemble, with peppers, onions and coleslaw, was one of the nicest things I've ever had. (nou has never steered me wrong where food is concerned, except that one time with the chicken tripes.)
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Heh, "moin moin". Next thing you know someone'll create a dish called "good morning". :)

I wasn't sure about the Traditional African main courses on the menu, especially the ones with 'assorted meat', so I had grilled tilapia. This was a large and tasty freshwater fish which had somehow been prepared so it had the flavour and consistency of gingerbread. Sounds weird, was delish. He, or she, was served with plantain roasted to the point of being slightly caramelised at the edges, and the whole ensemble, with peppers, onions and coleslaw, was one of the nicest things I've ever had.

That sounds positively mouthwatering.
Husky like da fishy.

Edited at 2014-07-31 11:50 am (UTC)
Steamed beans! I should have come with you! But when I looked at the menu I was alarmed by the 'garnished snail' and wimped out! Ah well.
I looked at the snail item and said 'ha ha, they'll be those Giant African Land Snails', and other people looked at me and said '...yes. Yes, they will'.
This thought is so troubling to me that I had a dream last night that I came back to read the comments to this post and all your friends had posted comic drawings of giant snails. I'm glad to see that this isn't the case, and will continue with my belief that those African land snails DON'T REALLY EXIST. :(
Argh!!

(Joke for your Brownies: where do you find giant snails? At the ends of giants' fingers!)
Off-topic: I love the new user icon you used for thisz,

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Thank you! Someone on FA was offering tea/coffee icons, and I thought I needed one :)

*hugs*
I'm really pleased you liked it! Here is the tinned moin moin and here's the chain that does it in a leaf (their "Croydon" branch is not actually in Croydon, sadly).
Also: (a) sadly the photo of your fish came out all blurry, and (b) you are now on the second page of Google hits for 'abuja connection crystal palace'!
a) Boo! b) Yay!

And thank you for the moin moin links!
I'm positively intrigued as to what they've done to the fish to lend it that texture! Still, seems to work. ^_^

(By itself, tilapia's not all that flavorsome, so it'd lend itself well to imaginative preparations such as these)

And yes, I count myself as an advocate of Named Meat.
It wasn't the lack of identification so much as our expert explaining it would include tripe and cow feet...