As part of our orientation for newcomers to the Cameroon branch, we are provided lunch. We’re on our third week (of three) of the orientation. They started us out on familiar meals like pizza, tacos, and spaghetti. However, now that we’re in the third week they have been introducing lots of Cameroonian dishes (Note: I need to catch up on posting some others we’ve had already).
Today for lunch we had Njama njama with corn fufu and Kati kati (smoked chicken). Njama njama is the greens, and corn fufu is basically thick polenta or grits. It was delicious. A few people here have mentioned njama njama to us (plus it’s easy to remember with a name like that) as something particularly tasty in the local dishes here. Altough, it’s not really local to Yaoundé, it comes from the english-speaking Northwest region.
Also, they didn’t give us cutlery for this lunch, as you eat with you hands using the corn fufu as something to “dip” into the greens with, i.e. your spoon. Also, you must only eat with your right hand as your left is reserved for “dirtier” purposes. For me, as a lefty, it’s a bit awkward at first.
Highly recommended next time you are in Cameroon. We also got a demonstration in the kitchen for how to make it. It didn’t see too difficult. Here’s a recipe for you to make it yourself.