Food and Drinks During Trekking

Bon Appetite!

One of our Costumer said, “Everything tastes better here!”

We provide Organic foods during your trekking days with us!

About Ethiopian Foods;

This page has and explains about your Food and Drinks during your trekking days with us!

Ethiopian cuisine characteristically consists of vegetable and often very spicy meat dishes, usually in the form of wat (also wot ), a thick stew, served atop Injera, a large sourdough flatbread , which is about 50 centimeters (20 inches) in diameter and made of fermented Teff flour (gluten-free).

Ethiopians eat exclusively with their right hands, using pieces of injera to pick up bites of entries and side dishes.

Many Ethiopians enjoy raw beef. The meat is very fresh and of the highest. It is worth a sample, but the cook will gladly grill your part upon request.

Ethiopian cuisine consists of a variety of tasty stews, fresh vegetables, and meat, all served on the traditional bread “Injera.”

Almaze, is your food specialist during your trekking days with us and She is a certified chef graduated in Lalibela vocational school, she working with us from the day on our company opened for operation in 2013 by preparing the following recipes to our customers.

Normally, she asked me always about the food interests of our Costumer before their arrival and she will buy all the necessary ingredients depending their interest….

We also loved to hear from our Costumer if they have any special orders of their favourite food, We would be happy making them available and please feel free to tell us before arrival.

The most important thing is that to tell us if you are Vegetarian or non?

Providing food starts with us from the first day of your Lunch and Almaz always prepare Pizza …

  • Your first day Lunch will be Vegetable Pizza (Cabbage, Carrots and potato)
  • We prepare Pasta, Macaroni, Roasted meat and Chicken with vegetable for Dinner as well.
  • Pasta is a noodle made from an unleavened dough of a durum wheat flour mixed with water or eggs and formed into sheets or various shapes, then cooked by boiling will be served with vegetables.
  • Macaroni is technically any pasta made without eggs. While generally thought of as just the elbow tube shape, macaroni can be any shape, including shells, twists, ribbons, ditalin . The Macaroni will be boiled like pasta and will be served with vegetables too.
  • Scrambled eggs is a dish made from whites and yolks of eggs stirred or beaten together, typically with salt and butter and variable other ingredients, and then gently heated in a pan while being stirred. Scrambled eggs will be your breakfast with Ethiopian Kitta (Bread), Tea, Coffee and with Banana.

One Ethiopian dish which is common in the country and that you have to try is, Shiro (pea flour) With Injera and the best time to test it is for Lunch time.

Pea flour is made at home from split peas. Sometimes the pea flour is mixed with salt and spices and is then readied for use in the wot or allicha. Then it will be eaten with Ethiopian Ingera or Bread. Doro wat and Roasted chicken

In Ethiopia, no holiday meal is complete without Doro Wat, a long-stewed dish of chicken flavored with chile, garlic, berbere, cardamom, and ginger, served with boiled eggs and this can be also eaten with Injera and Bread.

What to Drink?

Water is the most important drinks during hiking a mountain and our company provides

  • Two bottled water per person per a day. (Each packed with 2 litter)

Always, we provide enough water for our clients and if more is still needed, know that water is following us on a porter.

  • We provide also some more packed juices of Mango and mixed vegetables.
  • The fresh Tea and Coffees of Ethiopia are always available.
  • Milk and Yogurt are another drinks you could get on the mountain.
  • If you are interested also to test the very common Traditional drinks of the highlanders people, we could get on the way “Tela” (Fermented Barley juice with small amount of alcoholic bishop tree leaf)

Some more drinks to test only in Lalibela after your trekking,

  • The Ethiopian Honey Wine (Tji) is also another famous drink that we advice our clients to try it for saying goodbye Ethiopia. Normally, it will be served with the Ethiopian traditional dance. Tej ( Indigenous honey wine) is a home processed Ethiopian traditional drink and Good quality tej is yellow, sweet, effervescent and cloudy due to the content of yeasts. The mean alcohol content of tej was between 6.98% and 7%.
  • Araki, A distilled beverage. Ground gesho leaves and water are kept for three to four days and after that a kita made of teff or other cereals will be boiled in a separate pot, another pot will be connected by tube with the pot that is on fire to collect the steam. The Araki can be redistilled and will then have a higher alcohol content up to 45%.

“Teji” is served with the still hugely popular Azemari night clubs in Ethiopia, traditional Azmari nightlife involves being entertained by a wandering minstrel (the Azmari) who ad-libs songs about his audience, and life in general, with witty wordplay often has double meanings. There are a lot of Azmari bets (bars where Azmaris regularly perform) throughout the country but good places to catch the performance is Lalibela from the many cities of Ethiopia and you will be really attracted by the professional traditional dancers.

Hints for the trip…

  • All water should be regarded as being potentially contaminated. Water used for drinking, brushing teeth or making ice should have first been boiled or otherwise sterilised.
  • Milk is unpasteurized and should be boiled. Powdered or tinned milk is available and is advised. Avoid dairy products which are likely to have been made from unboiled milk.
  • Only eat well-cooked meat and fish. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled.

Our food and drinks during your trekking will be cooked having understanding this risks! For other risks have a look here.