One of the best parts about blogging is getting early scoops on new businesses starting up. It happened again when I was invited out to try TONAC which was short for Taste of Nigeria African Cuisine. Let’s face it, Wichita could always use something different in the food truck community. Most of the genres of food are covered by now so I’m always excited to see something unique.
As you can guess, Taste of Nigeria African cuisine focuses on dishes native to the country of Nigeria. My experiences with African cuisine has been very limited to a few restaurants which have closed down in Wichita.
When I arrived, I didn’t even bother to look at the menu and try to decipher what I’d order. I simply said, “Give me whatever. I’m down for whatever you want to throw at me.”
My friend and I were given three plates of food: Jollof rice and chicken with moin moin and dodo, chicken fried rice and dodo, and then Eba with Egusi soup.
Guys, if I could include some magical way to include a scratch and sniff sticker on this blog I would. The aromas were incredible and the food was ten times better. The chicken was nothing like I’ve ever had with just flavorful skin and juicy, tender chicken underneath. I was not sure what to make of the moin moin but to truly describe it would be an impossibility. Put it this way, I loved it.
The eba and equsi soup, come to find out, is one of the most popular dishes in Nigeria. Basically it’s eba/gari (dried grated cassava flour mixed with hot water) with egusi (melon seed) soup. I LOVE trying new things and this just reinforced that opinion.
What can I say? I’m in love with Nigerian food and wish there was more of it. Yes I love all the great foods Wichita has to offer like the countless number of Mexican, Vietnamese, Chinese, American, Chicken, Mediterranean and other options. But I just wish we could spread the love around to more ethnic foods not often highlighted.
Here’s the sad truth. This food truck can only be found in Idaho. I randomly stumbled upon it online and it looked amazing.
Happy April Fools’ Day!