Senegalese Cuisine: Where Food and Culture Intersect

Senegalese cuisine has many influences, most notably from the North of Africa as well as French and Portuguese from its colonial past. In this post from travel blogger T. Michelle, on her blog, The Travel Sister, she shares her experience of dining on traditional dishes while visiting Senegal’s capital, Dakar.

T. Michelle says: ‘While traveling in Senegal, in West Africa, I was invited to a baby naming ceremony. Known as a “Ngente” in the local Wolof language, it’s all day event where family, friends, and neighbors gather to celebrate the birth of a new baby.

Over the course of a day, the baby is given his or her name in an Islamic naming ceremony and a sheep is slaughtered in the baby’s honor. The day culminates in a large meal which is jointly prepared by the women in attendance. In my blog post “Senegal Cuisine: Where Food and Culture Intersect”, I share photos and details of my experience at my first ngente. I hope you enjoy!’


Enjoy reading this first hand account of the traditional style of food you willl encouter on any visit to Senegal.

Read the blog: Dining Senegalese style

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