A guest post by Matt Snyder
Food For Thought: A Taste of Zimbabwe in the Lehigh Valley
This isn’t the first time I’ve tasted a bit of Africa. A friend of mine married a woman who was half Jamaican/Ethiopian. So, I tried a bit of Ethiopian food at their wedding.
I decided to try this new restaurant a town over from me called Braai Hut. Essentially a Zimbabwean BBQ joint. I swore there was another African restaurant near me, but they may have closed during the Pandemic.
I decided not to be too adventurous in my choices for the dive in. I chose 1/2 Peri Peri Chicken. The mild version, which was actually quite spicy was Ok for me but caused my wife indigestion. I will definitely try medium. But I can’t imagine what the hell hot or extra hot tastes like LoL. The chicken was grilled to perfection and was quite juicy.
Also had a side of sweet potato fries. Freshly cut and not over fried or greasy. I had wanted to try their version of coleslaw with grapes and apples, but they were out. We also had the chakalaka beans which also had a subtle spicy kick but were damn tasty.
Ending with the incredibly bland (I added some I can’t believe it’s not butter and Adobo seasoning) traditional Sadza.
So definitely not the most traditional of meals of the country. Definitely aiming to please the American crowd. But, for what it was. It was some damn good BBQ.
I definitely want to try some of the other dishes offered as well as eating in the restaurant itself. This was a delivery order.
About the author
I know Matt from the blogging world and have collaborated with him on his animal comic series Blue Turtle Comix: Wish Upon A Star
Today, 25 May being Africa Day I wanted to showcase that between the lines the digital world transcends boundaries and borders even. Matt graciously offered to share his review of Zimbabwean cuisine after trying out the Braai Hut. I recall he asked me if there’s anything I recommend on the menu, well, I said whatever else you try you definitely have to have the Sadza.
And yes I agree, its perfectly, weirdly, absolutely ….bland. I sometimes wonder why our ancestors did not fixate on a tastier staple food such as I don’t know… pizza? Besides it has low nutritional value and not even indigenous to Africa.. Check out this post from my archive: Sadza Over A Cup Of Coffee
Braai Hut is the first Zimbabwean restaurant in the heart of Historic Downtown Bethlehem in Pennsylvania. Sibu Mafundikwa who grew up in Zimbabwe opened the restaurant with the help of her family during the coronavirus pandemic and you can imagine each day is not without its adventures…
Happy Africa Day