Teranga

1746 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118

Last week, as I went through my list of posts on this food blog, I noticed that I’ve covered a whole lot of Asian and American restaurants. So to switch things up a bit, I decided to try an African restaurant, and stumbled upon Teranga. It’s a Senegalese in the South End of Boston that’s easily accessible by the 1 bus.

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I persuaded Krystal and Dora to come along, and we chose to sit outside as the restaurant’s only lunch customers of the day. First, we ordered drinks. Krystal and I both tried the Bouye juice (right), which was an amazingly delicious combination of bouye juice (juice coming from fruit from a baobab tree), cream, orange flower water, vanilla sugar, and a touch of fizziness. “It reminded me of a fizzy yogurt drink with a hint of fruity deliciousness,” according to Krystal. Dora tried the “fruity and refreshing” Bissap juice (left), which was sorrel juice mixed with pineapple juice, orange flower water, and vanilla sugar.

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For my entrée, I tried the Thiebou Djeun, which is Senegal’s national dish of fish and rice. The dish included white fish in a tomato stew with rice, cassava, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, eggplant, and pumpkin. The tomato flavor stood out from the dish, and with a strong combination of spices, they gave the fish and rice a distinct flavor.

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Krystal tried the Mafe, which was a lamb stew with carrots, sweet potatoes, and cabbage in a ground nut sauce, served with rice. “The lamb stew tasted like peanuts and mystery spices,” she explained. “Though I had to stop eating it after I ran out of rice because the dish was toooooo salty.” I tried a bit of the stew and everything was indeed drowning in salt.

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Dora had similar feelings about her Thiou Gulnaar dish, which was chicken cooked in a tomato stew with vegetables, served with rice. “The chicken was quite tender, but overall it was just too salty. I did like the presentation, though!”

Although I didn’t find my dish too salty, it’s unfortunate that the excessive salt plagued Dora and Krystal’s lunches. Other than that bit, the flavors in our lunches were unlike anything we would usually eat during an average meal, and so hopefully I can find some more African restaurants in Boston to try out. 7/10