- A Nigerian man, Victor Ofunime Okunowo, made his nation proud as he took the àmàlà dish international
- On the Master Chef food show, the chef made a dough out of yam flour and filled it with the popular Nigerian dish - egusi soup
- When the show's judges ate his meal, they were at a loss for words at describing how amazing the meal tasted
A Nigerian chef, Victor Ofunime Okunowo, has shown off an enviable culinary innovation as he 'revolutionised' the making of amala. On a TV food show, the man told judges that he will be making pasta out of àmàlà that would have egusi filling, a dish he named Amala Rivoli.
When asked how risky his experimentation is, Victor answered that it is very risky. He told them that the yam flour is called àmàlà back home. The egusi soup he described as ground melon seeds. Victor said that any Nigerian looking at him right now would be wondering what exactly he is doing.
After rolling and making pasta out of the yam powder, the master chef made it into a dough as he filled it with egusi soup that has prawns.
A tension-bathed Victor after getting his dish done waited for the review from the judges. Upon tasting the melon, the judges could not believe how amazing the food was when it hit their tongues.
One of them said:
"I really like your pasta, it's fine, it's thin. Inside, you get the almost sweet sea flavour of the prawns but you get something else that tastes like offal and has a better finish.
But what really intrigues me are those seeds, crunch of a nut, the sharpness of lemon, and finish bitter."
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In other unique cooking stories, Briefly.co.za recently reported on an Afrikaans lady who cooked pap at a Limpopo wedding. Marie-Louise Botha got Facebook users doing a double-take after she posted a video of herself stirring a huge pot of pap outside.
Marie-Louise said that she was blessed to be attending her best friend's wedding in Limpopo, although it was incredibly hot. She shared the video in the Facebook group, #ImStaying.
"I tried my hand at making pap but I tell you, I have respect for my sisters as it is not as easy as they make it look," she said.
In the video, Marie-Louise is helping out with the pap as she stirred a large pot surrounded by other ladies. After a few stirs, she gives up but the lady next to her shows her how to do it properly.
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