Language: Swahili, English
Currency: Tanzanian shilling
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Dialing Code: +255
Time Zone: GMT+3
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While it has little resemblance to Italian pizza, Zanzibar pizza has become famous throughout the island. A thin piece of dough is covered in onions, capsicum, meat, processed cheese, an egg and mayonnaise, before being folded into a rectangle and fried. You can try this bizarre fusion food at the Forodhani Gardens Night Market in Stone Town.
One of the most popular street foods of Zanzibar, mishkaki is a local favourite. These skewers of meat are marinated in a blend of Indian and African spices and sauces, before being barbequed over a charcoal fire. Usually made with chicken or beef, try some mishkaki at the Forodhani Gardens Night Market in Stone Town.
One of the best things about eating in Zanzibar is its abundance of fresh octopus. Cooked a number of ways, one of the island’s staple octopus dishes is mchuzi wa pweza, an octopus curry. Slices of octopus are cooked in turmeric and coriander, and then simmered in a thick coconut cream sauce.
A rice dish with Indian origins, pilaf takes its own special form in Zanzibar. Rice, vegetables, spices and stock are cooked together to form a delicious, fragrant dish. While mainland pilau normally contains meat, on the island of Zanzibar, it’s topped with fried fish. Pick up a plate at the Sunset Bar at the Africa House Hotel.