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Ndolé camerounais
Ndolé is a dish in Cameroon
Maize is a staple food in Cameroon
Location of Cameroon

Cameroonian cuisine (French: cuisine camerounaise) is one of the most varied in Africa due to Cameroon's location on the crossroads between the north, west, and center of the continent; the diversity in ethnicity with mixture ranging from Bantus, Semi-bantus and Shuwa Arabs, as well as the influence of German, French and English colonialization.


The soil of most of the country is very fertile and a wide variety of vegetables and fruits, both domestic and imported species, are grown. These include:


Plats traditionnels lors d'une cérémonie
Traditional dishes served at Ebogo in the Centre Region

Among Cameroonian specialties are:

  • Fufu corn and njama njama (garden huckle berry leaves)
  • Brochettes, known locally as soya (a kind of barbecued kebab made from chicken, beef, or goat)
  • Sangah (a mixture of maize, cassava leaf, and palm nut juice)
  • Mbanga soup and kwacoco
  • Eru and water fufu
  • Ndolé (a spicy stew containing bitterleaf greens, meat, shrimp, pork rind, and peanut paste)
Ndolè à la viande , morrue et crevette
Ndolè with meat, morrue and shrimp
  • Koki (food) (primarily consisting of blackeyed peas and red palm oil)
  • Achu soup (cocoyam fufu with an orange/yellow red palm oil soup)
Taro sauce jaune avec peau de boeuf
Achu Soup with Taro and ox skin
  • Mbongo'o tjobi (a spicy black soup made with native herbs and spices)
Mbongo tchobi et banae plantin malxé
Mbongo'o tjobi and banana plantain
  • Egusi soup (ground pumpkin seeds often cooked with dark leafy greens or okra)
  • Kondreh (stewed unripe plantains with herbs and spices, usually cooked with goat meat)
  • Kati kati, a grilled chicken dish and traditional food of the Kom.

Curries, soups and fish dishes abound, as well as meats on skewers. Insects are eaten in some parts of the country (particularly the forested regions).

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