As a Yankees fan going to bean town is almost a sacrilege, but sometimes we all have to make sacrifices. This week Eating to Live on the Outside “travels” to Fasika in Boston, Massachusetts.
Baseball loyalties aside, Fasika looks like a great place to eat. They serve food made with a variety of vegetables, like collard greens, cabbage and eggplant. Here are some good choices:
Ethiopian SaladRomaine lettuce, tomatoes, red onions and jalapeno peppers in lemon vinaigrette; nothing wrong with this, but I’d order the dressing on the side.AzifaLentil salad with jalapeno peppers, onions and vinegar; looks cool.TegabinoTraditional sauce made from roasted legumes and Berbere; beans are great and musical too!Yé-Misir WotSplit lentils cooked in berbere sauce; no problems here.Yé-kik AlichaSplit peas cooked in garlic and ginger sauce; I dig it.Yé-Gomen WotCollard green leaves sautéed with onions and garlic; the sautéing is iffy, but the collard greens are awesome.Yé-Atakilt KilikilGreen beans, carrots, potatoes and onions cooked in a mild sauce; another good one.Yé-Tikil GomenFresh cabbages, carrots, potatoes and green pepper cooked in a turmeric sauce; cabbage is very musical too, hooray!Vegetable CurryEggplants, squash, green and red peppers sautéed in a curry sauce; same deal with the sautéing.
Fasika totally works! I'd order either the Yé-Tikil Gomen or the Yé-Gomen Wot. In general, Ethiopian food is pretty rock star! Not a lot of frills and packed with vegetables.
But, Ethiopians do eat some funky stuff too. I saw on TV that they drink coffee with butter and salt. Yuck! Anyway, do me a favor. Flip through Fasika’s menu and tell what you’d order.
Image credit: Faskia Ethiopian Restaurant