Sep 07 2018
GHANAIAN FOODS SOLD AROUND DIRTY AREAS TASTE BETTER, THEORY OR A MYTH?
In the beginning, when God created everything, there was food. That is why Genesis chapter 2 verse 16 and 17 reads: And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat.
But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it. For in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
This means there were food and the fact that man ate it, religious meanings aside, prove that man has always wanted variety.
Seriously. Of all the things available in the garden, man chose that one thing they weren’t supposed to.
Evolution of food has gone through a series of processes over the years. Regardless, these processes are however tailored towards a specific culture or clan.
In Ghana, mention fufu and a typical Ghanaian will straight away think Ashanti. Mention Akple or cat meat and you know, erm … can we leave it here not to piss off our people from the Volta Region?
The Ga’s are known for their kenkey, with Tuo Zaafi coming all the way from northern part of Ghana.
Even so, how these meals are prepared has a long way of differentiating in look and taste. A dish like aprapransa will have the basic ingredients aprapransa should have in its recipe. However, secret ingredients and tweaks could make one aprapransa slightly different from the other; in look, taste and possibly appeal due to its plating.
Food vending in Ghana has shown realistic proof of this ideology. People walk miles past three waakye joints to get that one waakye. Basically, all waakyes have the rice, the beans, the brown look, that tomato stew and shito. So why?
People grow up in different environments and are exposed to different things. In some homes, pepper is the real deal. In other homes, not having enough salt is the ultimate goal. So obviously, the taste will differ. But there’s one aspect of this debate that has its own way of blowing minds every time.
WHY DO FOODS SOLD AROUND DIRTY PLACES TASTE BETTER?
Listen, you’re probably laughing yourself to death or are disgusted by the thought of this right now even as much as you can relate. But that is fine.
Almost every restaurant in the country Ghana serves waakye. However, the best waakye joint in the country with absolute certainty is NOT one from a restaurant.
It is from that waakye joint situated near that big gutter. The gutter with a lot of filth. Maybe their place of choice is strategic to reach their target market. But these choices are mostly due to being financially incapable of hiring space like restaurants do.
All in all, the food makes the whole situation worth it. Because generally, food sold at dirty places taste better, or so Ghanaians think.
This regime has become part of many. They would just join that long gari and beans queue without necessarily spotting that pile of trash near the joint.
People have shown utter disgust to a machine pounding fufu or processed fufu with the simple reason of it not having a touch of human sweat dripping into it during the pounding process.
So, you see, Ghanaians are weird but these theories seem to have some element of truth ones you do food tasting experiments.
Hygiene is very key in the food business and there will always be that need for the awareness. For now, Ghanaians have their theory and seem to be enjoying it.
NOTE: PROBABLE CAUSE
In Ghana, the culture of having breakfast at home, or lunch is one for the minority. The usual norm is giving the kids money to find something on the streets.
Having eaten from the streets for all these years, street food becomes the favorite kind of food. And with these vendors strategically placing their stations where the majority of their customers are, it is very likely to attract the masses, as well as what comes with it, considering the culture of littering in Ghana.
Also, the restaurant food on the average is five times expensive than the ones on the street. So if you can’t afford it, why not downplay it to pacify your mind? Yeah, these are all probable causes of that notion. Probable!