Tag: Ghanaian food


Uncle John’s Bakery to open new store!

Uncle John’s Bakery is delighted to announce the opening of its new store, larger premises and new baking unit. The launch will last all week beginning July 11- July 16 and all members of the Ghanaian community are invited to sample the delights and celebrate the grand opening with us. The Bakery will continue to offer freshly baked bread, cakes and snacks from their new facilities to distributors, independent stores, supermarkets and to loyal consumers who purchase in store.  “As the original family baker of Ghanaian sweet bread and other baked goods, our mission is to continue to deliver you fresh, authentic Ghanaian baked goods that bring you the home from home experience wherever you are in the world”, said managing director Sam Mensah.

Uncle John's BreadsThe company was established 20 years ago and is a family business at heart. Many Ghanaians would have grown up enjoying Uncle John’s delicious sweet bread and our constant mission has been to help Ghanaians feel closer to home. Within 3 years of operating the enterprise had outgrown a small shared baking unit and found a site in North London where we still baked onsite up until the recent expansion.

“Our new facilities will give us the space to increase our work flow, which will also give us the space for bigger machines. This will aid us in automating parts of production and enable us to cutUncle John's Chips (Chin Chin) costs. We have outgrown our old premises. With more space, the new premises will allow us to stock more products, fulfil larger orders, and ultimately share our special products with new and exciting customers” stated Mensah.

We invite you to join us at the launch. Many of you would have grown up enjoying our products and this is a fantastic opportunity to come and see just how much we’ve been able to grow in our 20 years of operating. We feel immense pride in the journey and how far we’ve come, and want the African community to feel a sense of this pride with us and join in the celebration. Without your help, support and custom over the years our success wouldn’t have been possible so we want to say thank you!

Uncle John's Bread starter rollsThe look of the new store has been modelled on that of a trendy, boutique coffee shop. It’s our belief that African food is under-represented in retail outlets and on menus and it’s our mission to increase its prominence. African food can penetrate the mainstream, and we want to be the pioneers of the movement. Our new upscale, trendy shop will help to shift attitudes towards African cuisine and make this possible. To celebrate this Uncle John’s are providing coffee for the first 30 customers each day, discounts on products, free samples, the first opportunity to taste new product lines and are running a raffle. So do pop in for some lunch or stop by for your morning coffee and get an authentic taste of Ghana right on your doorstep!

Date: 11th July – 16th July
Time: 10am – 7pm
Location: 76 West Green Road N15 5LS

An evening of fine dining…

 

Want a dining experience like no other? The keep reading >>>

 

The people at Jason’s Little Kitchen, a West African supper club based in London, which plans to bring and share authentic homemade West African dishes using organic and locally sourced ingredients, are holding a Supper Club Dinner on Saturday 26th September.Flyer Cover Back 26.9.15

And they are inviting you to join them for a 3 course meal where you will experience the fine flavours of West African food. Serving traditional West African food with a modern touch,  Jason’s Little Kitchen have carefully obtained organic produce and grass fed meat completely free from growth promoters and hormones which have all been selected to bring out the finest flavours for their meals. On the menu on the night will be chichinga (kebab), omotuo and nkatenkwan (riceballs and peanut soup) and chin chin sundae for dessert.

So, if a social gathering of food lovers in an exclusive setting sounds good to you then don’t miss out on this event!

Jason’s Little Kitchen

– SUPPER CLUB DINNER –

Date: Saturday 26th September 2015

Address: Jenius Social, 6 Hornsey Street, Studio 8, London, N7 8GR

Time: 7pm – 9pm (Starters will be served at 7.30pm)

Price: £36.75 (tickets available at www.jasonslittlekitchen.co.uk)

 

 

Chop Pot Launches the First Chop Bar at 02 Centre, Finchley Road

7th December saw the first ever London chop bar launched by Chop Pot brand founded by Affia Bioh

The vibe at the Chop Bar was infectious – not out of place in a shopping concession decorated in Christmas spirit, there were smiles and laughter all round. It was a struggle to even get a word in with Affia, as the stream of customers simply didn’t stop.

Many of the masses were surprised that the Chop Pots were being offered for free, pulling their wallets out on approaching the Bar and asking how much a selection would cost – such was the quality of what was available and the sumptuous scent of Ms Affia’s delicacies which drew them to the Bar in the first place.

Service was with a smile, with clarity and  no fuss, as Miss Bioh and her team set the standard on day one by running an efficient and slick operation which was well received.

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A Chinese customer was clearly impressed, saying ‘I’m amazed! I’ve never seen anything like this in this area – and it was free!’ After declaring the venture as ‘very impressive’ when asked if she would be coming back to the Chop Bar she said ‘yes! Definitely!’

A Jamaican family revelled in the ‘richness and quality’ of the foods on offer, and one Spanish shopper wished Affia congratulations on the new venture! That was the beauty of the Chop Bar – it drew the attention of Ghanaians pulled in by a familiar vibe, and attracted people from all walks of life intrigued by the hustle-and-bustle vibrancy of African finesse on offer.

There were a good range of foods available – Jollof rice, spicy chicken pepper soup, peanut soup, spicy spinach soup (v) option, chicken stew…The Jollof rice with chicken stew and the Nkatenkwan proved especially popular, with one adventurous Nigerian soul even combining the two! (I will at this juncture say that the Nkatenkwan has got me considering placing a marriage proposal for Affia – it’s that good!) But the Chop Bar worked hard and courteously to ensure that the teeming masses indulged in all that was on offer. “Let’s try spinach soup”, her innately enterprising spirit broadening the reach of interest and potential future sales.

Customers were so satisfied by the samples that after eating they were even asking passers-by to come by the Chop Bar and try for themselves! When people tear themselves away from their Saturday schedule and start placing themselves in your Sales team for free, that’s how you know your food is good!

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As Miss Affia found a second wind to meet the ever-increasing demand to sample Chop Pot’s delicacies, she joked “my mum is waiting! If this Chop Bar doesn’t take off in 3 months, I’ll be married off to a chief in a Ghanaian village!”

Well if the old adage of ‘a man’s heart is through his stomach’ is true, I’m sure Miss Affia will have a stream of new suitors (and enough money to fund the wedding entirely) following the launch of this Chop Bar!

You can find the Chop Bar at Level One of the O2 Centre in Finchley, North London. It is open from 11.30 – 6PM 7 days a week!

Jermaine Bamfo @Dr_Jabz27

 

Ghanaian customer service…

Four Cheat Pizza

 

The beautiful Ghanaian sun is pretty energy-draining so I try to stay indoors during the day and go out after sun set. That works well for me since most of the mates I’d hang with would have closed from work by sunset. But when I do make it out during the day I try and stay at one spot for as much as possible as long as the food and service is good.

So I’m at one such hangout somewhere in Labone with Kobi and Ruth. The food and
service is pretty much standard at this place. But that’s not why I come here. I because I have fallen in love…with the paintings in the restaurant! Anytime I walk in there I feel like coming back in the middle of the night and nicking every single one of them.

The service today had been great up until Ruth ordered a Four Cheese pizza. I’m a homemade pizza expert and Ruth is crazy about cheese, so with our combined knowledge we knew at the first site what turned up on our table was not a Four Cheese Pizza. It was more like a four cheat pizza, it only had a thin layer of mozzarella cheese on it.

Two unhappy customers went up to the waiter to ask if he thought that looked like a four cheese pizza. It wasn’t surprising when he answered yes! But I got a bit worried when the chefs also insisted what we have been served was a four cheese pizza. So we went up to the manager and he was swift to apologise but he had already lost a customer in Ruth and maybe Kobi.

I still do go there, but that’s only because I go there for some other reason other than the food. It’s clear to me the manager understands the importance of keeping his customers happy but his workers on the other hand do not quite appreciate this fact. I know customer service in Ghana is ridiculously appalling but its way better than what it used to be years ago and there is definitely loads of room for improvement! It’s no use if the head of a service provider knows how to treat his customers but the workers- who are constantly interacting with customers- do not appreciate the power of the customer. Service providers in Ghana need to improve customer service relations, but it looks like they need a bit of encouragement- Ghanaian customers need to start making a scene if the service they pay for is below standard! It seems to be the only language these service providers understand.

By Maclean Arthur

Calling all Ghanaian food lovers…

BANKU OR KENKEY?

 

They are two of the most popular Ghanaian delicacies and quite similar in appearance. Both are staple food snacks and there has long been a debate in my house as to which one reigns supreme.

Kenkey or Dokunu as it also known is usually made from ground corn and involves letting the maize ferment before cooking. Therefore, preparation takes a few days in order to let the dough ferment. After fermentation, the kenkey is partially cooked, wrapped in banana leaves, corn husks, or foil, and steamed. There are several versions of Kenkey, such as Ga and Fanti kenkey. Kenkey goes well with some fried fish & pepper but can also be eaten with sardines, Shito and cornbeef.

Banku or Akpele, as it is known in Ewe, is also cooked from fermented corn dough, but cassava dough is also sometimes used, as well as vinegar. The preparation is similar to that of kenkey except leaves are not used to wrap the dough as in case of Kenkey.  Banku is popularly eaten with Tilapia but a variety of soup and stews can also be eaten with it.

For me Kenkey is King! It just simply tastes better and is one of that foods that can be eaten any time of day. Many people in Ghana tend even to have it for Breakfast!

If you have not yet eaten any of these popular foods; see below for Shops/restaurants in London where you can get a taste.

Kenkey House; 645 High Road, White Hart Lane, London, N17 8AA, Tel: 020 8216 9777

The Gold Coast Bar; 224 Portland Road, South Norwood, London SE25 4QB www.thegoldcoastbar.com

Manjaro Bar & Kitchen, 146-148 Holloway Road, London N7 8DD, Tel: 020 7609 2082

Safari Bar & Restaurant, 40 Streatham High Road, London, SW16 3PX, Tel: 020 8679 9055

So I’m throwing this out to the Ghanaian public and lovers of Ghanaian cuisine. What do you prefer Banku or Kenkey?

Cast your votes below

By Ben JK Anim-Antwi (Kwesi)

Ghanaian Food: Shito Goes With Everything!

I’ve decided to blog about this particular condiment because although I have always been aware of it. I have only recently been adding it to my dishes (I never really ate it as a child, and have discovered it goes nicely with a bit of kenkey & Fish!

The condiment I speak of; is course Shito ! a big favourite in many Ghanaian homes. You are certain to find this in the fridges or cupboards of many a Ghanaian due to its versatility.
Shitor Din, commonly called Shito is the word for pepper in the native language (Ga) of the capital Accra. Whilst the word for pepper is different for each of the Ghanaian native languages, the word ‘Shito’ is widely used as the name for the hot black pepper sauce ubiquitous in Ghanaian cuisine.
Shito sauce consists primarily of fish oil and/or vegetable oil, ginger, dried fish and/or crustaceans, tomatoes, garlic and spices. The blend of spices and fish differs between different regions and villages.
In Ghana, shito is used with a variety of dishes. These include kenkey, steamed rice, eba and waakye (rice and beans). Indeed its uses have been adapted to that of a local ketchup and/or chili oil. It is not uncommon to find shito being eaten with white bread or spring rolls. In most Chinese restaurants across Ghana, shito replaces hot oil as a condiment to fried rice.
So as you can see Shito can and is eaten with just about anything!
Thus here’s what I want from you (the blog readers). Let us know what you have eaten shito with or what you think it goes best with? Recently a friend told me she used it as dip for Doritos tortilla chips! Can you beat that? I want to hear from you.
Don’t be shy, it’s time for all the shito lovers to stand up and be counted!

Ben Jk Anim-Antwi

Ghanaian Food: The Joy of Kelewele!!

 

 

I know this is a bit of a random post but if you know me then you will know that I write about absolutely everything and anything! Thus I thought I would take the opportunity to comment on one of my favourite snacks and I’m sure I’m not alone in my fondness for the Ghanaian delicacy which is known as ‘kelewele”

For those of you who are not familiar with “kelewele” (you need to get to know!) it is essentially finely cut pieces of fried plantain chips, seasoned with spices. The plantain may be cut diagonally into chips or into cubes. Usually, ginger, cayenne pepper and salt are the typical spices used to make kelewele. However, onions, anise, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and chili powder are also used as spices

“Kelewele” was and still is a big hit among my family members.  The sweet smell of plantain frying on the stove on a Sunday afternoon was a familiar occurrence in my house when I was younger. The good thing about this snack is that is quick and easy to make it can be served with groundnuts (my personal favorite) beans, or even rice.

For readers of the blog who have never had kelewele before (though if your Ghanaian I will actually find that hard to believe).  You can get the recipe at the sneaky kitchen website; http://sneakykitchen.com/Recipes/kele_wele.htm

Happy eating! and spread the word about this great snack my aim is to get Kelewele to overtake Fish& Chips as the UK’s favorite snack! Chicken Tikka massala curry originally from India was voted as the Britain’s favorite meal so it’s possible people.

Comment and tell us about the joy kelewele has brought to your life, don’t be shy.

Ben Jk Anim-Antwi