Foutou and Peanut Stew at Brooklyn's Abidjan

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Chicken in Peanut Stew (left) and Foutou (right) are Ivory Coast fare.


Food from the Ivory Coast is one of the city's rarer West African cuisines, with only one place in East Harlem and another in Bushwick (or maybe Bed-Stuy. Depends on how you draw the border). Named after the country's biggest city and one of the urban jewels of West Africa, Abidjan is located on Broadway right under the Kosciuszko stop on the J train.

The menu is depicted on the place mat in full color, and you'll have no trouble selecting something that looks good. One of my favorite Ivorian dishes is a thick peanut stew with plenty of bone-in chicken parts in it. Alongside is served a choice of starches, of which my fave is foutou, an exceedingly elastic mash of cassava and plantain.

To eat, nip a piece of the mash with the fingers of your right hand and dip it deeply in the stew. You can pick the chicken pieces right up and chew on them. A big spoon and butter knife are provided as utensils for those who don't like to eat with their hands.

To wash it down, get one of the intense homemade ginger drinks from the refrigerator case near the counter.


Abidjan
1136 Broadway
Brooklyn
347-787-4320


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The restaurant's facade


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The trim interior


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The menu's on a placemat {click to enlarge}


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Location Info

Abidjan

1136 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY

Category: Restaurant


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5 comments
Yacio
Yacio

This is a wonderful post since this is one of my 3 favorite dishes. It reminds me the good ol' days back home. I have a wonderful wife who makes that dish for me. I'll stop by whenever I visit the City 'cause I live in CT. THANKS!

Mak
Mak

This looks excellent, and I'm struck by how similar it seems to some Straits Asian recipies.  I imagine that the oil used is different.  I assume that there is no coconut, put is there palm oil/dende' in this? Thanks.

gianco
gianco

Akwaba...good to know....Abidjan is the cultural&buziness&co capital though.

John James
John James

Thanks for this. However, Abidjan isn't the capital - that's Yamoussoukro (since 1983).

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