Even though, exotic foods are delicious and enjoyable; once in a while, some of these foods can make you feel rootless and homesick. For many Africans who travel abroad, adapting to foreign food is one major problem they encounter. For Nigerians in Cambodia, not only do they have to struggle with the Language at first, getting to adapt to Khmer food is often a problem.
Speaking on the Talkmewo African Hour on Tuesday on Radio One 103.7FM to commemorate the Women Right’s Day, Mrs Ambang Jack, A Phnom Penh based University Lecturer noted that despite the Numerous delicious Cambodia and other Asian Cuisines available in Cambodia, Nigerians and Other Africans always crave for their native food and so several African Restaurants are now springing up in Cambodia.
“We know it is not easy to bring Nigerian foodstuff abroad. If you try it, you will be shocked at how people will snigger at your bags packed with Nigerian foodstuffs at the airport, especially when you have Iru (locust beans) in the bag” she noted.
“However African Restaurants in Cambodia still find the ingredients to prepare the food by importing from Vietnam or Thailand” Mrs Ambang, the proprietress of Charis Munchies Restaurant in Phnom Penh said.
“There are certain foods Nigerians miss most when living abroad. Although, these foods are not necessarily our favourites, but they remind us of our fatherland and it is no wonder we get sad when alternative foods do not meet up with the original ones in taste and appearance, So making these food available for Nigerians and other African restaurants gives me pleasure” She said in an exclusive interview.