When you visit Ghana, the best place to really sample local food is from one of the local restaurants known as chop bars. At the chop bar you can eat the popular Ghana dish known as fufu.
Fufu is a tough dough-like food made from cassava and plantain pounded to a pulp in a mortar with a pestle. It is usually served with a soup known as light soup, which made from vegetables and goat meat or from a soup made from peanuts known as groundnut soup. It can also be served with palm soup, a soup made from the fruit of the palm tree.
We will use this article to learn how to order and pay for fufu at a chop bar.
AT THE CHOP BAR
When you want to order fufu at a chop bar, you say to the waitress
Mepε sε mehyε fufuo – I’d like to order some fufu
If the fufu is served with more than one kind of soup, the waitress will ask
Mepa wo kyεw fufuo ne deεn nkwan? – Fufu and what kind of soup, please?
To this question you will say
Mεnya fufuo ne nkraakra anaa? – Can I get some fufu with light soup?
If you want fufu with groundnut soup, you will say
Mεnya fufuo ne nkatenkwan anaa? – Can I get some fufu with groundnut soup?
If you want fufu with palm soup, you will say
Mεnya fufuo ne abεnkwan anaa? – Can I get some fufu with palm soup?
Also your answer can be
Ma me fufuo ne nkraakra – Give me fufu and light soup
The waitress will then ask you how much you want to buy. She will say
Wobεtɔ fufuo no sεn? – How much fufu will you buy?
If you know how much you want to buy, you can say
Ma me fufuo no 50Gp ne εnam GH¢1.50 – Give me fufu 50Gp and meat GH¢1.50
If you don’t know how much it costs, you can enquire from the waitress by saying
Mo fufuo no mote no sεn sεn? – How much does the fufu cost?
She will tell you the price and then you can proceed with your order
If you want a bottle of beer, you can say
Mεnya nsa toa baako anaa? – May I have a bottle of beer?
Normally, when your food is served you will have extra things like salt, pepper and a glass or sachet of water by your food. But sometimes some of the waitresses forget this.
When you want some salt, you say to the waitress
Mεnya nkyene kakra? – Could I have some salt?
When you want some pepper, you say to the waitress
Mεnya mako kakra? – Could I have some pepper?
When you want some water, you say
Mepa wo kyεw, brε me nsuo konko baako – A glass of water, please
After you finish eating you pay the money to the waitress by saying
Mepa wo kyεw mepε sε metua ka sesei ara – I would like to pay now, please
WORDS TO TAKE NOTE OF
Fufuo – Fufu
Nkwan – Soup
Nkraakra – Light soup
Nkatenkwan – Groundnut soup
Abεnkwan – Palm soup
Nkyene – Salt
Mako – Pepper
Nsa – Beer
Nsuo – Water
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