I'm eating around the world without leaving London and this week I had Zambian food at Fredor, a restaurant in Forest Gate. Not the most convenient of places to get to on this foodie odyssey. It's pretty much at the end of the District Line in an area that felt very much like somewhere in the Middle East. No familiar high street shop fronts here, but lots of halal restaurants and shops selling beautifully coloured saris.
Fredor sits off the main street, which is probably why we found no other customers present the night we went. I'm glad I called ahead as I had a strong feeling that they'd opened just for us.
The owner and her nephew were extremely friendly and keen to suggest authentic Zambian dishes.
This is what we had:
One generous portion of nshima. Like the people from Ethiopia and Eritrea use their pancakes instead of utensils, Zambians soak up their food with polenta balls called nshima. I struggled a bit to eat the Zambian way, but luckily we were given the option to eat with a fork.
One portion of white rice.
One portion of delele, which turned out to be okra boiled to slime. It tasted alright, though and apparently that's the way to eat it in Zambia.
One portion of kapenta; tiny fried fishes in a onion and tomato sauce. The fishes had a very pungent fishy smell, but actually tasted quite nice.
And one portion of beef stew, which was my favourite of the five dishes.
I had a lovely meal at Fredor, with authentic food complimented by the welcoming service of the owners.