When Asun Goes Tech

A YOUNG NIGERIAN IS BRINGING PACKAGED ASUN ALONGSIDE LIFE GOAT, RAM AND COW CLOSER TO YOUR DOORSTEP WITH JUST ONE CLICK.

Photo: Naijabutcher

Photo: Naijabutcher

Meat is an essential part of every Nigerian meal. Served fried, grilled or roasted, meat remains more than just a meal accessory. Meat on a Nigerian meal is a seen as the perfect completion. Beef, Chevon (Goat meat), Mutton (Ram meat) beating out chicken and other poultry as favourites are cheaper and more available for small portion retailing. Nigerians enjoy meat in interesting ways from Suya, to Kilishi to Barbecue to Pepper soups to Asun and this is what Naijabutcher is tapping into. 

A local startup is bringing Convenience to the Nigerian Meat market. Tagged Naijabutcherthe company works to assist consumers with every help related to meat consumption with a focus on the market favourites (Cow meat, Goat meat and Ram/Sheep meat). Flagging off with Lagos, the company hopes to expand to the other parts of the country as stated on their official website. According to their website, Naijabutter offers customers high-quality rams, goats and cows at affordable prices. Also on order, a livestock selection would include slaughtering, chopping and delivery services. Special orders for processed and cooked meat can be ordered off the website. This can be served and delivered to any part of Lagos as the very spicy cherished Lagos delicacy called Asun.

Asun // Photo: Naijabutcher

Asun // Photo: Naijabutcher

Birthed by Ganiyu Alakyaki the Meat Operations Director, NaijaButcher hopes to take away the stress of going through meat markets in search of healthy livestock and the terror of slaughtering and chopping them with just one click.

Young Nigerians like Ganiyu are solving local peculiar problems in the most creative ways using the internet and social media. With a friendly social media presence and an easily website platform, Naijabutcher is gathering more or more users across Lagos state. The Naijabutcher Asun Special delivery remains most customers’ softest spot. The future of Nigeria is tech and we excited about it.  

 

 

 

For The Suya Hearted- In Lagos

THIS IS FOR THOSE WHO HAVE MOVED BEYOND WONDERING WHY YOU CANNOT GET SUYA IN THE MORNING, TO SEARCHING FOR THE BEST SPOTS.

If you haven't ever had to do a scale of preference between your transport and eating Suya, I have to ask this question. Are you a Lagosian? Beyond our united love for small chops, guguru and epa (popcorn and groundnut, bole (roasted plantain), Suya is the undefeated king of street food. Let's assume you have moved on from anger about why suya is not sold at all times of the day. Here's information about the coolest suya spots in Lagos, keep your wallets and hunger close by.

Glover Court

There is a reason Glover Court is the most expensive on this list. This place is the most famous suya spot in the island part of Lagos and has commanded consistency in quality and taste for years that no other spot has managed to topple.

Eko Hotel Suya Spot

Located opposite Eko Hotel and Suites and popularly tagged "the Eko Hotel Suya Spot" has secured a reputation as being one of the most-loved. How do we know the suya is bomb? The spot has been excluded from the occasional government efforts to reduce roadside kiosks and stalls. It does not get better than this

Opposite Plot 1415, Adetokunbo Ademola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Suya is a delicious local dish |  © Garrett Ziegler / Flickr

Suya is a delicious local dish | © Garrett Ziegler / Flickr

The University of Suya

Mainland people, get in here!!! One of the mainland’s hottest suya spots, the Ikeja-based place can best be described for its unique spice and taste and of course it becomes a party every night there with the crowd.

Allen Avenue, Ikeja

Bukka Hut

Bukka Hut which by the way has no resemblance to the typical everyday Nigerian bukka, is best known as a restaurant serving African dishes, and it coincidentally houses one of the hottest suya spots in the Lekki, Lagos. Good news! Even when you feel like eating suya at 3am they have you covered.

Block 69A, Plot 8, Admiralty Way, Beside PHCN Office, Lekki, Lagos

ROADSIDE SUYA SELLER

ROADSIDE SUYA SELLER

The Banana Island Patisserie

We know you thought they were just a pastry shop and live music venue, but well they also have a great suya spot. Try it out and tell us what you think.

Banana Island, Ikoyi, Lagos

SUYA SPICE

SUYA SPICE

So while suya makes Lagos go round, in these times of recession, invest in something peculiar and highly demanded in your locality; for example a Port-Harcourt resident or indigene can be humbled by bole and fish, while for a native of Akwa-Ibom it will have to be plantain and barbecue chicken; don't just notice a gap or need, be the one to fill it up. Because we know you need it; here is a link on how to prepare suya

Do Breakfast the Nigerian Way

WE KNOW THAT NIGERIANS ARE HARDLY ABOUT SCRAMBLED EGGS AND TOAST.

Bean Cakes popularly known as "Akara" is dear to the hearts of Nigerians and we if we could, we would call it is a citizen. Usually eaten with bread and a side dish of oats, pap or custard, it was mostly breakfast dedicated for Saturdays. At mine it was more like a ritual, while the men went jogging (always wondered why only them went), the women stayed home and prepared it with custard.

Side Note: I only ate the insides of akara.

Akara (bean cake)

Ingredients
1 cup peeled beans
1 raw chilli pepper
1 egg
2/3 tspn salt
3 Tspns chopped basil
1/4 cup chopped cooked shrimp (optional)
oil for frying

Directions

  1. Combine the beans with 1/4 cup water in a blender.
  2. Puree the mixture to a smooth paste
  3. Pour the pureed beans into a bowl and add in the salt, chopped pepper and onions.
  4. Mix for 5 minutes with a whisk or mixer. This is to incorporate air into the batter.
  5. Set a deep pan on medium heat, add in some oil.
  6. When the oil is hot, scoop 1/2 cooking spoon of batter into oil. You do not want to spread out the batter in the oil, you want to pour batter directly on itself (the way you would pour water into a narrow bottle).
  7. Fry on each side until golden brown .
  8. Lift the akara balls out with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper towels.
  9. Repeat the process until everything is fried
  10. Serve with bread, garri, Akamu/ogi(pap) or fried yam. Enjoy!!

Note: The shape of the Akara is affected by two factors: thickness of the pureed beans and your method of frying. Shallow frying or watery batter will result in flat Akara.

Check out their website for more recipes.

Outsourcing the Dinner Table

Outsourcing the Dinner Table

Outsourcing has become a big deal in the world today. Companies are frequently adopting it as a means of getting necessary services without incurring additional cost that is synonymous with staff retention. It is a tried and true way of getting expert services without breaking the bank. Even startups are beginning to use it as a model for maintaining expected standards and keeping their company afloat. If you lack the competences in-house, simply outsource it.

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