Abibiman Chop Bar was a pop up from Friday July 16th to Sunday July 19th providing a small taste menu of Ghanaian food by The Abibiman Project. The pop up took place at the Escape Goat patio and profits were in support of Afri-Can FoodBasket. Afri-Can FoodBasket is an organization providing leadership in urban agriculture, and foster sovereignty, health and social enterprise in the African, Caribbean, and Black Community.
Abibiman Chop Bar comprised of a tasting menu of 6 main items, a choice of a scoop or pint of 6 ice cream flavours, and a chocolate bar to go for for $10. Because it was a tasting menu, we had to try everything on the menu. I’ve only had Ghanaian food once so I was intrigued about trying some of the stuff on the menu I hadn’t tried before. Lets go though the menu.
I’ve never had okra salad before so this item stood out to me the most. I have a love hate relationship with okra itself, sometimes I like it, sometimes I don’t. The okra salad was different in a good way. The cherry tomatoes complimented the salad very well.
Kelewele is spicy fried plantain. For those who know me, they know that I LOVE plantain. I’ve never actually tried kelewele but I’ve tried different variations of spicy fried plantain. Kelewele was one of two of my favorite dishes from this menu.
Jollof rice doesn’t need an introduction. A staple in west african cuisine, there’s an ongoing debate between which is better Nigerian or Ghanaian jollof. I will keep by opinion to myself but the jollof was good.
The suya was probably the one dish the most surprising. Surprising meaning I’ve had suya many times before but never like this. The steak was medium well done. I did enjoy this different take on beef suya
The prawns were the other favourite item from the menu. They were juicy and full of flavour. It also came with a side of spicy sauce that complimented the prawns very well.
Red red is black eyed beans cooked in a tomato and palm oil sauce, sprinkled with garri on top. I’ve had this dish before and it was very good. No complaints here.
Lastly, we couldn’t leave without dessert. We go one scoop of “Kofi Brokeman” and one scoop of “Café Touba Caramel”. Kofi Brokeman had peanuts in it and had a spicy after taste.
Lastly, we couldn’t leave without dessert. We go one scoop of “Kofi Brokeman” and one scoop of “Café Touba Caramel”. Kofi Brokeman had peanuts in it and had a spicy after taste. Café Touba Caramel had more of a coffee taste than a caramel taste. Both ice cream was very much appetizing.
I really wish the pop up was longer as we truly enjoyed the tasting menu style. The best part is knowing the profits are going towards a good cause. Feel free to follow me @foodiie.diary on Instagram for more food adventures!
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