- NIGERIAN STREET FOOD -
NIGERIAN STREET FOOD
Suyaman is starting an African food revolution in the UK.
The dishes I create celebrate authentic African cuisine using fresh local produce and indigenous African spices enjoyed in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
I’m very nostalgic about Suya and I love exploring it in different culinary ways. Suya is a nutty flavoured spice with a smoky aroma usually used to marinate meats for several hours and served with fresh onions and tomatoes.
Historical evidence suggests that across Africa, Suya and its compatriots originated from pastoral nomads – West African Fulani and Hausa, from Cameroon to Niger and parts of Sudan, and the North African Tuareg and Berbers. These groups travel with herds of livestock and often use the meat of selected animals for food and trade. It is thought that Suya was created from a time when people sat around campfires, cooking grilled meats skewered through swords and daggers.
Nowadays, some places offer Suya on the menu, but nothing beats the taste of Suya from a Suyaman (a Suya seller), who are also called Mallams – men, skillful in the art and spice of meat preservation and preparation. They expertly slice and grill on street corners, blinking away the smoke from their eyes.
In the evenings the Suya spots really come alive where you’re guaranteed to meet people from all walks of life, queuing at the open-flamed shop – it is a delicacy that cuts across all social strata.
With the aim of bringing this unique experience to you, our Suyaman pop-up restaurant takes place at lively bars and restaurants across London to deliver a creative dining experience.
Every dish has a story to tell, so join us at Suyaman to discover an unforgettable night!