I have been researching African recipes for our next Family Dinner Book Club, specifically Nigerian food, and one of the recipes I have seen over and over again is called Suya. It is a popular street food which can be any type of skewered meat from chicken to beef to tripe and it is coated in a spicy seasoning made of a peanut, or groundnut, base.
From what I gather, the term suya actually refers to the spice mixture itself, and no two street vendors have exactly the same mixture. Also, there is no recreating this dish at home. If you want true suya, you must get it from the street food vendors in Nigeria.
So that’s why today we are making Spicy Beef Skewers – not Suya. I have never been to Nigeria, or any part of Africa, but after all my research I would really love to try some authentic dishes. Though I’m not sure I could handle the heat. These skewers do not have nearly as much spice as all the recipes for suya that I found, and when I took my first bite I exclaimed, “Whoo! That is spicy!” I can’t imagine adding more peppers. I do like spice, but I would say I am close to the wimpy end of what I can handle on the spicy meter.
How do you take your spice? “None thank you” “steam must come out of my ears!” or somewhere in between?