Every Nigerian party without finger food is never complete. Finger foods is famously known in Nigeria as small chops. They serve as appetizers, preparing the palates for the main dish.
Nigerian finger foods/ small chops can also be eaten as stand-alone snacks. They range from meaty dishes like Gizdodo to pastry foods like sausage rolls and sweet snacks like doughnuts or chin-chin. We have put together 10 of the most delicious Nigeria finger foods people around the world are missing out on.
Asun is a spicy Goat meat that is particularly in parties. Asun has a distinct aroma, thanks to the goat flavour that could wake you up from sleep if it was being cooked in your neighborhood. The goat is usually grilled in an open BBQ and eventually chopped to tinny bits of deliciousness.
In Nigeria night time is the ideal time for Suya. Made popular by mallams from Northern Nigeria, this beef kebab can be seen sold in various parts of Nigeria streets.
They are cheap and often sold in Newspapers wraps alongside red fresh onions and a special spice blend called yaji.
3. Puff Puff
Puff Puff is sweet dough fried in vegetable oil. It is arguably one of Nigeria’s favourite small chops if not the best. This sweet fluffy snack is made from the simplest ingredients – flour, sugar, water, nutmeg and yet it has the ability to take the palates on amazingly taste journey.
Not all Nigerian small chops originated from the West African Country. One of such is Samosa which originated from the middle east. It is a fried thin film of dough which contains goodies like meat garnished with onions, peppers, potatoes and some vegetables. It is also served at parties alongside Puff-Puff, Spring rolls and spicy grilled chicken. It is pretty much a fried Nigerian meat pie but with a thinner layer of dough.
5. Peppered Snails
Nigerians love their meat and more when it is fried/grilled and peppered. Peppered snails are not the most popular, that is, unlike most these small chops which can found being sold on street corners, peppered snails are rarely seen. This, by no means, diminishes Nigeria’s love for this spicy and crunchy food.
6. Spring roll
Spring rolls are a part of the conventional small chops package. Just like Samosa, they did not originate in Nigeria, rather they are an Asian appetizer which Nigerians have come to love and feature at virtually all parties.
Gizdodo is a combination of two delicious Nigerian food – Gizzard and Dodo (Fried Plantain) which are delicious enough on their own. The Gizzard and Plantain are fried separately before sauteed together in a peppered sauce . Nothing smells more Y-U-M-M-Y as much as Gizdodo ( Yes, not even that five letters).
8. Meat Pie
Meat pie is a tasty pastry dish made with thick dough and meat and vegetable fillings. its easily one of the most popular comforts snacks in Nigeria. Often accompanied with ice cream or chilled soft drink. There are also other equally tasty variations such as fish pie and chicken pie which are made the same way.
9. Chi chin
Chin chin is a deep-fired snack made from basic baking ingredients like wheat flour, sugar, milk and so on. The conventional way to make this crunchy delight is to cut it into strips or cubes and deep fry although some might go the healthier way by baking it.
10. Sausage Rolls
This is a pastry food made of sausage baked in a roll of dough. It is originally a British snack which made its way to Nigeria. They are made in a way similar to meat pie, in fact they can be referred to as cousins of meat pie. They are often sold in close proximities at stores and eateries.