Food & Cuisine

Akeem ReachnaijaMarch 19, 2019


A director at the Ikeja, Lagos-based Shi Shi Chinese Restaurant has said that the outlet caters to only gentlemen, rather than to everyone.

He added that, globally, Chinese restaurants are never open to “every Tom, Dick and Harry.”

The PUNCH had done a story based on a social media post that claimed that the Shi Shi Chinese Restaurant located on 21B, Emina Crescent, Off Toyin Street, Ikeja, Lagos, does not admit Nigerians.

Our Correspondent who visited the restaurant on Tuesday morning reported that he was accosted at the gate by a security guard wearing Army combat camouflage and prevented him from entering the restaurant.

The Nigerian security man told our Correspondent that he acted on instructions.

However, our Correspondent later introduced himself, and left his business card for the restaurant’s spokesperson when he was told that nobody was available to speak with him.

The restaurant director, a Nigerian who introduced himself as Mr. Niyi Adegbite, called our Correspondent after The PUNCH had published its findings, and declared that, generally, “all over the world, Chinese restaurants are not open to every Tom, Dick and Harry.”

He did claim, however, that the Shi Shi Chinese Restaurant was open to the public.

When asked if Nigerians were allowed to patronise Shi Shi, Adegbite said, “Not really.” He then went on to make clarifications.

According to him, there are two sections in the restaurant — a regular one and one that is strictly for Chinese.

Adegbite said, “I want to debunk all the allegations. The restaurant is open to everyone. But you know, Chinese restaurant is not for every Tom, Dick and Harry. Nobody can just enter.

“Come, and I will conduct you round the restaurant. I’m a Nigerian and how can I prevent my fellow people from entering in? But, of course, it’s for gentlemen, not for everyone.”

When asked how the restaurant defines a gentleman, Adegbite said, “The restaurant is divided into two sections. There is one open to the public and there is one called Hot Spot.

“The Hot Spot is where you enter and cook on your own. All the ingredients are made available. But it’s only for Chinese nationals.

“Maybe it’s this one that some people tried entering and were disallowed and is now causing the outcry.”

Our Correspondent maintained that he was not allowed to step into the restaurant, as he was turned back at the entrance to the premises.

He added that he had only heard of two sections from Mr. Adegbite.



Akeem ReachnaijaOctober 23, 2018

When it comes to food and Money, Nigerians doesn’t carry last.

Recently in China a man named,Sunday C.J emerges as the winner of a spicy food challenge in Changsha, Central China oy of 5 countries.

The Official account of ChinaDaily to their page to make the announcement with caption saying..

Contestants from five countries took part in a spicy food challenge in Changsha, Central China’s Hunan province on Sunday. CJ from Nigeria won the game.

Akeem ReachnaijaOctober 23, 2018

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I made this assorted meat stew using fresh tomato only and it turned out very silky and delicious, this is one of the best stew recipes I enjoy so much because it pairs well anything yam, rice or plantain. It is prepared using different cuts of cow meat and I’d love to share the simple procedures with all the food lovers in this forum, I have also made a video on this you can check it out if you don’t mind.

Ingredients for Making Assorted Meat Stew 

• 1 kg of assorted meat
• 10 medium tomatoes
• 6 large bell peppers
• 3 scotch bonnets
• 2 large sized onions
• 1 medium ginger
• 2 cloves of garlic
• ½ teaspoon thyme
• ½ teaspoon curry powder
• 1 cup of meat broth
• A pinch of salt
• 3-4 stock cubes
• 1 cup of peanut oil

Procedures For Preparing Assorted Meat Stew

1. Combine tomatoes, scotch bonnets, bell peppers, 1 onion and ginger into a pot cook on medium heat for 20 minutes.
2. Once they are all soft, remove from heat, leave to cool down, place in a blender and blend into smooth texture.
3. Wash the assorted meat into a another pot , season with pepper, stock cubes, onion, thyme, curry, and salt to taste.
4. Add 2 cups of water to the meat and cook until it turn out very soft, you may want to use a pressure cooker to cook this as it makes it
5. Separate the meat from the stock once it is soft and set aside.
6. Place another pot on heat, heat up peanut oil, add the meat to it and fry slightly, drain from the oil and set aside.
7. Add the crushed garlic, chopped onion into the oil and stir-fry for 30 seconds or until fragrant.
8. Add the tomato mix and stir fry for 10 minutes until it is well fried. Be sure to place a lid over the stew, as it will be bubbling and
splattering everywhere and also stir it from time to time to prevent it from burning at the bottom of the pot.
9. Add the meat stock and stir leave to cook until the liquid reduces, season the stew with stock cubes, thyme, curry , salt and stir it
10. Return the fried meat into the stew and stir, let the stew cook until the meat absorbs the nourishing flavour of all the spices.
11. Take the stew off heat once it has simmered for long and serve with boiled yam, rice or plantain.

Akeem ReachnaijaOctober 10, 2018


Coca-Cola Nigeria today unveils ‘Mama’, the affordable 1Litre PET bottle of Coke. Mama, which embodies the spirit of generosity and kindness of the Nigerian mother, is created to bring families closer by encouraging intimate family moments and making every moment worth sharing for the Nigerian family.

Gbolahan Sanni, Franchise Marketing Manager explains: “Mama is a family sized, 1Litre bottle, of the nation’s favourite beverage, priced at the refreshingly affordable price of N200, as part of Coca Cola’s commitment to fostering intimacy, sharing, and happiness in the Nigerian family”.

This family pack of refreshing Coca-Cola, like the 1Litre variants of Fanta, Sprite and Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, is perfect for intimate family moments, including mealtimes.”

Mama is a further demonstration of Coca-Cola’s commitment to uplifting and uniting families and friends, as they join and share meals and intimate moments.

With the launch of 1Litre pack Mama, Coca-Cola continues to provide consumers with a diverse range of soft drinks to suit their convenience and drinking moments.

Mama is available nationwide at your usual outlet for ₦200 only.

Akeem ReachnaijaOctober 3, 2018

Debates and initiatives over school lunches in the United States have remained in the public dialogue over the years, and for a good reason.

The National School Lunch Program (NPL), which provides free lunches, serves an upwards of 31 million students at 92 percent of U.S. public and private schools.

Sweetgreen,a chain of salad restaurants, that runs the Sweetgreen in Schools program meant to educate kids about healthy eating, fitness, and sustainability, created a photo series to show what kids in some countries around the world eat for lunch and compared to the U.S.

Akeem ReachnaijaAugust 12, 2018

In honour of the forthcoming World Jollof Rice Day which is now celebrated annually on the 22nd of August, here are some Jollof recipes and techniques that you would love: Native Jollof Rice, Jollof Spaghetti and Basmati Jollof Rice.


Not many know about Native Jollof rice and few have tasted it. This Native Jollof Rice will open your eyes to the possibilities of Jollof.

2 cups Regular Rice
Chopped Ugu vegetable
Salt to taste
Seasoning to taste
1 Medium sized Onion
2 Fresh yellow peppers
1/4 cup Smoked Big Prawn
1 Cup Ponmo cut in pieces
1 Tablespoon Ground Crayfish
10 plum tomatoes, 2 habanero pepper, 1 onion mixture
1 big Smoked catfish, deboned
2 Chopped Paprika Chilli
1 Chopped Habanero Pepper
1/4 cup Palm Oil
1 Table Spoon Locust beans/Iru

Parboil rice then roughly blend and boil pepper mixture (combination of tomato, pepper, and onion) till it is almost dry.
Heat up pot with palm oil, when it is hot add chopped onions, chopped peppers, locust beans, fry for 3 minutes.
Add roughly blended tomato mix, add crayfish, chopped ponmo, smoked catfish (in pieces) and smoked prawns, seasoning cube and salt. Allow this to fry till the oil floats to the top. Now add water, enough to cook the rice, then add the parboiled rice. Stir so that the ingredients will go around, then cover and allow to cook for 20 minutes/till rice is cooked.


Jollof Spaghetti is almost as common as Jollof Rice and there are so many methods for making it. Here’s one recipe you will use over and over again.

1 500g Pack Spaghetti
1 Medium Tin Tomato
0.45kg Minced Beef
2 Medium sized Onions Chopped
I Medium Sized Green Bell Pepper Chopped
6 Big Tomatoes Sliced
3 Scotch Bonnet Chopped
½ Cup Vegetable Oil
Salt to taste
Seasoning to taste
½ Teaspoon Paprika
1 Teaspoon Thyme
1 Tea spoon Ginger
3 Bay Leaves
3 Cups Water
¼ Cup Chicken Stock

In a pot add water, add some salt and a drizzle of oil. Once it starts boiling add the spaghetti. Cover and cook till soft, then drain and set aside.
Add some vegetable oil to a pot, allow to heat up then add chopped Onions, Ginger and some chopped Green Bell Pepper for a minute.
In a bowl, mix 1/4 cup water with tomato paste then pour into the pot. Add salt and seasoning cube to taste. Stir frequently to prevent it from burning and continue till the oil separates-taste it, it should not taste sour anymore.
In another pan, heat up about 2 Tablespoons of oil, onions and green bell pepper, then add the minced beef and fry till the beef goes from pink to brown. Add the fried minced beef into the tomato sauce and stir together. Add ¼ Cup Chicken stock, bay leaf, garlic, paprika, and thyme. Add the spaghetti that was set aside earlier and combine well with sauce.
In a separate pan, saute onions and fresh sliced tomatoes. Add a pinch of salt. Allow to fry till it is cooked, add this to the spaghetti, combine properly and it is ready to eat.


It is easy to cook Basmati Rice wrong, that is because of the rice itself-Basmati Rice does not need a lot of water to cook and once you nail it, it would become an everyday favourite.

10 Tomatoes
4 Scotch Bonnet
2 Tatashe
3 Onions (1 Chopped, 2 Blended with Tomatoes)
1 Table Spoon Tin Tomatoes
1 Teaspoon Ginger (Chopped)
1 Teaspoon Garlic (Chopped)
2 Cups Basmati Rice
1/4 Cup Vegetable Oil
1 Teaspoon Butter
1 Teaspoon Thyme
1 Teaspoon Curry
Seasoning to taste
Salt to taste
3 Bay leaves
2 Cups Water
1 Cup Chicken stock

Blend Tomatoes, Pepper, Onions, Ginger, Garlic and boil till all the water is gone.
Heat up a pan, and add vegetable oil. When it is hot, add onions, curry, thyme, bay leaves, seasoning and fry for 1 minute.
Add boiled tomato/pepper mixture to the oil, add 1 spoon of tin tomatoes and fry for 15 minutes. Taste to see if it is cooked.
Add water and chicken stock, then add already washed basmati rice. Stir together.
Cover the pot with foil paper and then pot cover, then reduce the heat. What you need is the heat to cook the rice not water.
Allow cook for 30 minutes or till soft.
Now add butter and sliced fresh tomatoes, mix together and steam for 5 minutes.

Akeem ReachnaijaJuly 28, 2018


Robots have now found their way into the kitchen and are now cooking delicious meals, no longer for the auto industry or big factories alone. In the city of Boston, United States, four graduates Brady Knight, Michael Farid, Luke Schlueter and Kale Rogers recently launched a new fast food restaurant called Spyce and the most fascinating thing about this restaurant is that the entire kitchen staff are made of robots. Robots are the only ones taking your orders, doing the cooking and dishing the food while the human staff just smile at the customers and make them feel at home while explaining the concepts.

For just $7.50 a bowl, you can eat a variety of meals in both Asian, Latin, Thai, Mediterranean styles. These robots have successfully replaced human chefs with robots and they are extremely fast and efficient. The robots undertake tasks such as cooking or serving food, cleaning kitchens, collecting dirty dishes and preparing beverages.

Customers can place their orders by using the touchscreen computers and select whichever food is on the electronic menu, this order is then sent to the kitchen which is visible to the customers where the food is prepared by robots. The robots collects the ingredients from the fridge, slices the onions, vegetables, and other spices, lights up the stoves and starts cooking. Finally, it’s handed over to a human employee who garnishes it, before being distributed to the customer thereby giving them an experience that’s both high-tech and wallet-friendly.

Each meal is made to order in three minutes or less. While meals are cooked, the customer’s name appears on an electronic display above their food, showing their order. The temperature of the pots are time controlled, and the robots cook each meal consistently. Once finished, the pots are automatically washed using hot water jets before another collection of ingredients is dumped inside. Customers are trooping into the restaurants like ants and they are already calling the restaurant to expand their business to other cities across the country.

The picture above shows the four founders of the company and they said the robots add efficiency and lower operating costs. They believe their new technology has allowed them to deliver incredible meals for $7.50 and serve them consistently. They’re excited to be part of the industry and grow with it.

Is this the beginning of a revolution in the fast-food industry that will see robots taking up most of the jobs meant for humans ? Let’s wait and see.


Akeem ReachnaijaJune 24, 2018


Corned beef stew is a simple red stew made with canned corned beef, it is usually served over boiled macaroni or spaghetti and it goes well with Irish potatoes.

If you have never tried out minced meat stew before, this corned beef stew is for you, it is very is to prepare and indeed an easy breakfast or dinner recipe that doesn’t require much task. All you need is a can of corned beef, few spices and you’re good to go.

Corned beef stew can also be prepared with already made stew, if you have already prepared tomato stew in the freezer; all you need to do is to bring it out to defrost it before you embark on this stew preparation. However, you can just prepare the stew afresh just the way I did from scratch and make sure you go easy with the spices especially the salt since corned beef already contain a good amount of salt in it, you may not even need salt at all.
See the steps below and learn how to make corned beef stew and also watch the YouTube video above and SUBSCRIBE.

Corned beef stew ingredients

• 1 canned corned beef
• 2 red bell peppers
• 2 table spoons tomato paste
• 5 medium fresh tomatoes
• 2 habanero peppers
• 1-teaspoon curry powder
• 1-teaspoon thyme
• 1-2 stock cubes
• Dried pepper to taste
• Salt to taste

Steps on How to Prepare Corned beef stew

1. Combined the peppers with tomatoes and blend into a smooth consistency and strain out excess water.
2. Chop onion into stripes, mix the tomato paste with a little water and set aside.
3. Place a pan on heat, add oil just enough to fry the tomato, add the onion first and sauté until fragrant.
4. Add the tomato paste and stir-fry for 5 minutes add the tomato puree and fry until the liquid and the tangy taste disappear.
5. Season the stew with thyme, curry and pepper and stock cubes and stir well to combine.
6. Add water to the stew to adjust it thickness, (once you add the corned beef it will become thickened). You may not need salt since corned
beef is a little bit salty.
7. Take out the corned beef from the can and break into tiny pieces with a spoon, add it to the stew and stir well and leave to cook for 5
minutes on medium heat. You can add more water it appears too thick and cook for another 5 minutes on low heat.
8. Take off the corned beef stew from heat and serve over boiled spaghetti or macaroni.

Akeem ReachnaijaJune 21, 2018

Egusi soup is one of the easiest and simple soup you can make within 45 minutes or more.
Egusi soup is also known as melon soup as melon seeds are used to make the egusi soup.
Now there is something unique about egusi soup, I bet most of you do feel the same way about it.
I tend to eat more fufu when I am eating it with egusi soup than other soup.I don’t know if you guys experience this as well.
Now there are different methods which people use to cook egusi soup but this is my own preference on how to cook egusi soup so make sure you learn from this if don’t know how to cook it.


4 cups of egusi seed

3 cooking spoon of red palm oil

Stock fish or cow meat

Two tablespoon of crayfish

Ugu leaves (N100 ugu leave will do)

Salt and pepper and

3 stock cube.

Things you should get ready before you start cooking the egusi soup.

Grind the melon seeds and keep aside.

If you would use stock fish then you will have to wash it properly with hot water and leave it in the hot water to get soft to be able to be broken with hands.But if you are using cow meat then you will have wash the meat properly and if not cut in to pieces, then cut it yourself into small pieces and then cook it first by putting it in a pot, add water to it and also add a little salt and pepper.
Let it cook for about 20 to 30 minutes then turn off the cooker (gas or stove).

Next is to cut the ugu leaves into smaller pieces.

Now you are all set to start cooking the egusi soup.

How to cook the egusi soup

Now put the meat in a different pot or plate and then the water from the meat should be put back on the cooker, then add the grounded egusi to the pot and stir and allow it to cook for about 15 minutes.
Keep checking on it while it’s cooking, if the water from the meat isn’t enough then add a little water till the texture is ok.

After about 15 minutes, you will now add the red palm oil to the cooking pot, atleast 3-4cooking spoon of the red palm oil will be ok and if not ok yet add a little more and stir.

After about 5 minutes of adding the
Red palm oil, add the cooked meat and the ugu leaves which you’ve cut into pieces to the pot and stir.

Then lastly, 2 minutes after adding the ugu leaves,add your stock cubes, pepper and little salt to the cooking pot and let it cook for about 10 minutes then turn off the cooker.
And that is for how to cook egusi soup.Hope you enjoyed and learnt how to make egusi soup.

Akeem ReachnaijaJune 20, 2018

Chicken curry sauce is one of those rich and delicious sauces made with chicken, corn flour, chicken broth and mixed veggies, it is super tasty and it goes well with anything staple (rice Potatoes, spaghetti, macaroni).

This chicken sauce is best prepared with boneless chicken; however, you can boil your whole chicken and then take out the bones if you can’t fine chicken breast near you.

Chicken curry sauce will never disappoint you no matter how you prepare it. The steps below show you how to prepare chicken curry sauce with mixed vegetables watch the video for detailed explanation also share with your loved ones.

Ingredients for chicken curry sauce

• 1 kg chicken breast
• 1 cup carrots, chopped
• ½ cup peas
• 1 cup green beans
• 2 medium onions
• 2 medium tomatoes
• 4 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 tables spoon thyme
• 1 ½ tables spoon curry powder
• 3 scotch bonnets peppers
• 3 stock chicken tock cubes
• 2 tablespoons corn starch
• 2 green bell peppers
• 2 red bell peppers
• Salt to taste

Steps on how to prepare curry chicken sauce for rice

1. Rinse carrots, green beans, bell peppers and onions, slice/chop them into nice shapes and set aside.
2. Rinse chicken into a wide pot, season it with curry, thyme, ½ parts of onion, pepper, garlic and salt.
3. Add water to slightly cover the chicken and place on high heat to cook until tender
4. While the chicken is cooking, dissolve the corn flour with a little water (you want it runny like custard) and set aside.
5. Once the chicken is cooked, separate it from the broth and cut into smaller pieces, (you can try pulling the flesh from the bones if you
don’t like it with bones).
6. Place a pan on heat, add 3 tablespoons of cooking oil to it and add onions, garlic and sauté for 30 seconds or until fragrant.
7. Add the chopped tomatoes and sir-fry for 2minutes until soft, add the chopped carrots, green beans and cook for 2 minutes.
8. Add the bell peppers, green peas and stir-fry until the vegetables are all soft. Season the veggies with 1 stock cube, salt, thyme and 1
teaspoon of curry powder and stir the content properly to combine.
9. Leave the content to cook for few minutes on medium heat, bring the chicken stock into it, you can increase it with water if your stock is
small and bring to a boil.
10. Return the cooked chicken to the sauce and add the dissolved corn flour to the content and stir well, the sauce will begin to thicken as it
boils. Lower the heat and leave it to simmer slowly while you serve.
11. Chicken curry sauce goes well with white rice you can serve it as you like. Bon Appétit