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#1 Old 05-06-2012, 12:25 PM
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I have never tried Ethiopian food before, but I keep hearing about how good it is and how there are a lot of vegan options, plus we have a lot of Ethiopian restaurants in my city that I have never been bold enough to try before.

For those who have tried it, what's it like? What dishes would you recommend for someone who is clueless but curious? I love spicy things, as long as it doesn't have animal products in it I'm willing to try it once. I just have no idea what anything is called or what I should order, hopefully the restaurant I end up going to will have pictures on the menu

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I absolutely LOVE Ethiopian food. I have no idea what anything is, though My recommendation is to go with someone and split a vegetarian platter - every Ethiopian place I've ever been to has had one. There's usually a cabbage and carrot stew type thing - that's my favourite, but honestly, everything is delicious and it's the best way to get introduced.
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It's my favorite cuisine. It's similar to Indian food in ingredients (onion, lentils, chickpeas, spices) and it's a lot of stew typed food. VERY delicious. And you eat it with spongy bread!

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Mesir Wat is my favorite. Ask for the Red Lentil dish, they'll understand. But your first time go for a vegetarian sampler. Often they come with a little dollop of yogurt for you to dip into, so you probably will have to request the server to leave it off. You'll want to hold the spicey glop too, it's just yogurt with spices. I'm guessing most Ethiopian places are going to be familiar with vegan food and will be able to help you out.

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The Ethiopian vegan food stand in Greenwich

The food there is delicious!
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I love Ethiopian food! Every Ethiopian restaurant I have been to offers a vegetarian sampler plate with about 6-7 different dips/toppings. It usually costs about $12, but you get a lot of food, enough to feed two people (unless they are starving and can eat a lot). Traditionally, you are supposed to eat it with your hands, so they don't give you silverware. But they do have silverware. There's no shame in asking for it. Without a fork, it can get quite messy.
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Where in Canada are you, Werewolf Girl? If Toronto, there's a vegan Ethiopian restaurant called M&B Yummy that is super good and super cheap: http://www.yelp.ca/biz/m-and-b-yummy-toronto I had dinner for two people, including appetizers and beer, for like $40. Amazing.
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The Ethiopian vegan food stand in Greenwich sells these vine leaf wraps which are delicious but I haven't seen them in other Ethiopian places so I don't know if they're traditional.

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The food there is delicious!

Agreed! Wonderful food.

At the WOMAD festival last year there was a stall doing Ethiopian food and it was 100% vegan. Hope they are there again this year as everything was delicious and very good value.

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I've only had Ethiopian food once in Seattle and it was amazing. My friend tried to take me to her favorite place but they were closed so we went to another one she'd heard of but hadn't been to yet. We got their vegetarian sampler and made sure it was vegan first and it was amazing! I couldn't tell you what all was on it, there was some sort of lentil dish, some sort of chickpea dish, a dark leafy greens type dish, and some kind of dish of mixed vegetables with cabbage and a chickpea dish. Some was spicy hot and some wasn't. It came with that flat bread made out of teff that you tear off and use to pick up the food with. This was like a year ago and I still sometimes randomly crave it. Unfortunately my city does not have a single Ethiopian restaurant and I'm not usually willing to drive all the way to Seattle just to go out for dinner but sometimes I'm very tempted to do so. I want to make it at home but since I've only had it once in my life I would be wondering if it was authentic or not so I haven't attempted anything.

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There is or was a good Ethiopian restaurant in Tucson. Like everybody describes, a platter of several dishes for everyone to dig into with their hands or injera.

Injera is made with teff, a tiny, round grain that flourishes in the highlands of Ethiopia. While teff is very nutritious, it contains practically no gluten. This makes teff ill-suited for making raised bread, however injera still takes advantage of the special properties of yeast. A short period of fermentation gives it an airy, bubbly texture, and also a slightly sour taste.
Ethiopian and Eritrean immigrants have modified their recipes after moving to the United States or Europe, depending on what grains are available to them. The injera you find in many East African restaurants in the United States includes both teff and wheat flours. Most injera made in Ethiopia and Eritrea, on the other hand, is made solely with teff.

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I am curious about this also, thank you.

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Wow, thanks for the replies guys! Definitely going for the vegetarian sampler, and I'm even more excited now because your descriptions sound delicious!

I'm in Vancouver so not sure what restaurant I will try yet but I'll probably just look up reviews on Yelp and go for the closest one with a decent rating. I'll probably try it within a week, I will report back with results!

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Hunt down a copy of the April 1991 Vegetarian Times which has an article called "A Cuisine in Exile". Unfortunately that article isn't scanned in the online version of that issue on google books, so a used copy or library is your best bet.

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Hunt down a copy of the April 1991 Vegetarian Times which has an article called "A Cuisine in Exile". Unfortunately that article isn't scanned in the online version of that issue on google books, so a used copy or library is your best bet.

I'll look for it, that would be awesome! I think the Ethiopian food was one of the best cuisines I've been exposed to so far since going vegan. I really wish my city had an Ethiopian restaurant.

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Keep in mind there is a spicy lentil dish and also a mild lentil dish served with most vegetarian platters.

I have seen variations on spellings of the names, but the spicy one (with berbere, so good) is called miser wat (or wot for all), yemisir wat, or misir wat.

(for images only: http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&hl...9,r:2,s:0,i:79)



The mild lentil dish is called ye'kik alicha, or kik aletcha, wot.

(http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&hl...9,r:3,s:0,i:79)

The collard dish isn't very flavorful, IMO. Common names for that are gomen or ye'gomen wot.

(http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&hl...9,r:6,s:0,i:87)

The potato-and-carrot dish is good, IMO. Tikel gomen or ye'atikilt wot.

(http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&hl...9,r:1,s:0,i:75)


there are so many variations on the words and what different restaurants use as spellings, i would def. ask for the spicy and mild lentil dishes and the potato-carrot mixture.
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