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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Mozambique: Miscellaneous

Moz cuisine is the love child of portuguese maritime exploration and trading enterprise in the Indian Ocean. The use of Portuguese marination, coconut rice (yes nasi lemak), fiery peri peri & other assorted spices, and rich curry stews beat the southern African cuisines I've tried so far

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Same old corruption story. Stopped by young police in Maputo. Why aren't you bringing your passport with you? But if you buy me dinner... Alas US$5 for the trouble.

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The Arab dhow in Ilha de Mozambique. Found across the Middle East all the way south along the Swahili coast of East Africa: Somalia, Kenya, Zanzibar, Mozambique and Comoros. Symbol of Arab maritime enterprise of centuries past.

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Delicious Mozambiquean lamb curry with coconut rice: influences of Indian and Malay cuisines, the result of 5 centuries of Portuguese conquest and adventure in the Indian Ocean. The coconut rice tastes delicious, just like the nasi lemak so beloved in Southeast Asia.

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Lobsters and prawns are in abundance in Mozambique. We were offered these 3 gigantic lobsters for US$30.



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