Bunmi Ayeh writes:
I am a Ghanaian who was brought up in Ghana and has had the opportunity to live and visit other countries as well. I came across your section on eating out in Ghana (6th edition p83-5). It gave an adequate description of what one should expect to eat in Ghana, but I also want to draw your attention to a few errors:
1. Red Red is a meal of fried plantains and a beans sauce that is typically cooked in red palm oil. Beans can be cooked in other oils as well. But it does not, as you suggest, include rice. Ghanaians do not typically serve rice with beans, that is very uncommon. Though sometimes gari is mixed into the beans once it is cooked. Gari is granulated cassava/tapioca that is dried and dry fried (without oil) until it becomes a gritty powder.
Gari can be eaten dry or made into balls with hot water and eaten with
sauces and soups. Gari can also be mixed directly into a sauce and
eaten on its own.
2. Jollof rice is not cooked in palm oil. It is made by cooking rice in a rich tomato sauce. Instead of boiling the rice, it is allowed to cook in the sauce until it absorbs the sauce. This is what gives the rice the red/orange color. One may add a variety or meats or fish to the dish. Rice fried would be “fried rice” or “angua mo” and those are completely different dishes from jollof. They do not have the reddish color that jollof does and it cooked in vegetable oil, not palm oil. It is less common dish but is distinctly different from jollof rice in taste, flavor, and cooking methods. Fried rice is sauteed in cooking oil and Angua Mo is actually fried in cooking oil before it is boiled._
3. There are actually two types of Kenkey. Ga Kenkey is fermented and cooked in corn husks, while Fante kenkey is cooked in plantain leaves. The two types of kenkey look and
taste distinctly different. Ga kenkey is typically served hot, right off the fire. Fante kenkey can be kept without refrigeration for a few days to a week._
I hope these corrections are helpful and help give a truer reflection of Ghana. Continue the good work you are doing.