Ethiopian Food Sucks – Everyone in DC is crazy

26 Oct

As I wrote about earlier regarding the bizarre fascination many people in the Washington DC region have with Pho, I will now rant about another fad cuisine that I feel is absolutely awful.

Ethiopian food.

“Ethiopian is a poor man’s Indian from Planet Gross-Out X. Bunch of multi-colored gross lentils heaped over an old tire. Baaaarrrrfff on my dick.”
Wise Anonymous Poster from the Internet

” If you can’t taste how gross Ethiopian food is you likely have mild brain damage, probably in the part of your brain that senses when you’re being ripped off.”
Yet more wisdom from the intertubes


Ethiopian Food is not edible

The one on the left looks like someone used the injera as toilet paper. The one on the right is giant chunks of raw beef and fat. Not sure which is worse.

The Washington DC region has the largest Ethiopian population in the United States. When they are not busy running an elaborate Taxi mafia, they open Ethiopian restaurants. Many Americans have convinced themselves that they like it, or that this food is good. The problem is:

  1. The food they are eating is westernized to appeal to American palates. For example, they cook it. And also, it is not raw camel organs served still hot after being ripped from the maybe not all the way dead animal
  2. The Americanized version is so incredibly bland and tasteless. It is served on Ethiopian sponge bread (Injera) which  is well-named since it tastes like a sponge. I know one person who when she first went to an Ethiopian restaurant put the Injera on her lap because she thought it was a napkin. She was actually correct however, since Ethiopian food is not actually edible and is better used for utilitarian purposes such as being a napkin or Shamwow.


Ethiopian Injera is better utilized for drying your dog than food

Ethiopian Injera Sponge bread: Slightly edible napkins

The American version of Ethiopian is bland and tasteless. Everyone seems to like the novelty of taking chunks of their spongy napkin bread in their hand and dipping it in spices, in a tragic attempt to add some semblance of flavor to their meal.

People try and smile while chewing their ‘food’. Mmmm, they say. This sure is good! Every pile of feculent sauce on the ‘bread’ looks grosser than the next. I think the same bandwagon thinking is behind the rise of Crocs, snuggies, black and white striped shirts and pretending to enjoy being a parent.

However, if they ever tried REAL Ethiopian food, I think they wouldn’t even bother pretending to enjoy it.

Here are some awesome scenes from an episode of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern on the Travel Channel when he visited Ethiopia and was unable to stomach most of the food. This is significant because the point of the show is that the host can eat and enjoy what to Westerners appear to be really gross foods, such as spiders, animal brains, eyeballs, cheese with maggots in it etc. And he is almost always able to finish it and claims to enjoy it. Yet he can’t eat Ethiopian.

These links take you right to the minute and second count of the video (hopefully)

Andrew almost vomits when trying Mook Porridge:

“Fermenting and rotten food made from plants buried in the ground…are much stronger and much harsher tasting than things like rotting meat…Plant stuff just gets a nastier flavor

Andrew visits the Ethiopian farmers market and tries not to retch

“I have to be honest..the ‘mercado’ as they call it is a place where yesterday’s fresh food is still lingering around as today’s garbage. You mix that with human and animal waste, add rain water, and it becomes one of the foulest environments I’ve EVER experienced…. This is the place where you find the raw materials of Ethiopian cooking”

Andrew tries a raw meat dish and can’t take more than one bite of it.

“This one is a mixture of a raw goat or beef, and it is mixed with intestines…all right. My first taste..those intestines are a little raunchy, tastes like the back-end of an animal if you know what I mean. Wow. I’m not really sure about a second bite here.” (he then gives the rest of the dish away, unable to finish it)

Andrew tries to eat Ox intestine with chopped goat innards

“its hard to eat..its chunky and Grissely and livery and gamey and it was hanging on that string outside for a VERY LONG time…..I’ve got to admit..some of the food here is a challenge to eat.”

Andrew eats raw camel kidney

“That’s camel kidney? We’re gonna EAT THAT? My god….The flies seem to like the camel kidneys….Let me just tell you, that the milky bloody flavor of raw camel kidney is nothing compared to the sounds that it makes while you’re chewing. Thats CRUNCHY. My god. There’s only so many bites of this I can take

The only good food to come out of Ethiopia is Coffee.


124 Responses to “Ethiopian Food Sucks – Everyone in DC is crazy”

  1. Abreham Daniel December 20, 2010 at 8:40 pm #

    Hey men….I wish i can tell you more about a country with more than 3000 yrs of age,having a proud people never colonized,people who love their country & die for its soil.But….. I can see your hateration
    may be you don’t like it. Because, we don’t use knife and forks,may be you don’t like it. Because, it is to much tasty than your favorite meals….may be you just post it. So, that some full will invite you for free in order to convince you because you don’t have enough account…or may be you want to know so much. So, you can test it……But,let me tell you one thing….this will not going to change any thing…. in normal course of thing you will test a food first, if some one tells you about it,second, if he/she tells you it is testy……..but, “don’t judge me,if you don’t know me!”…which countries food will you going to blame next for your satisfaction…I don’t know???

    • faw July 7, 2014 at 8:38 am #

      It was better to answer the topic not to swift to another talk. Politically and offensively. Explaining your food is better than giving these ridiculous assumptions

    • Gugsa Wonjebo January 30, 2016 at 6:09 pm #

      Why folks waste their valuable time to reply to this kind of, maggot who came from a cow dung. A maggot has no history or parents just came form a dung. This commentator who wrote about Ethiopia and its food taste is no better than a maggot. Once maggot always it is.

  2. Backblade February 23, 2011 at 2:03 pm #

    Ethiopian food… so gross. I’m pretty sure the entire Ethiopian food in America is supported by 1.) Actual Ethiopians most likely ordering off-menu, and 2.) Hipster doofus college kids thinking they’re being unique and worldly.

    I went for Ethiopian food for the 3rd time ever last night, halfway through the meal I was looking up at the ceiling waiting for an air dropped sack of grain to eat.

    • bboyneko May 12, 2011 at 5:33 pm #

      Lol I agree 100%

      • Al. G.Medhin October 21, 2015 at 2:19 am #

        Who ever wrote this is a racist pig. Ethiopian food are great which are made from special kind of Spices and historically we put together thousands of years of our existence.
        Row meat is not only eaten by Ethiopians and also eaten by French like(steak tartar) and Japanese also eat (sushi)
        I think you are jealous about Ethiopians and you’re very disrespectful and idiotic. By the way for your information in America every food checked by the food and drug administration.

    • Kaleb May 12, 2013 at 2:49 pm #

      Ethiopia had a terrible famine in the 80’s and a bunch of decadent singers got together because they felt pity and to feel good for a few moments and sang We Are The World. During the Rwanda genocide they kept silent as a bunch of hypocrites they are really ! Since then some morons in fact a lot of morons think they are being witty by making food jokes whenever our great country ( we Habesha think our country is great and that’s what counts, we never gave a fuck what others think and say about us since Antiquity : as a racist I am sure you don’t know and you don’t care about Axum and Lalibela and we Habesha don’t give a fuck if you don’t ). No one forces you to eat or even like our food and why you care that many normal people enjoy it? You’re just having a bad case of envy and jealousy and hatred ! Obese pig !

      • Ayele March 12, 2014 at 3:01 am #

        Dear Kaleb, I just stumbled on this article by accident. He or she probably doesn’t know any food tests good when cooked or prepared well.
        Those people in the US have problems culturally and just open their mouth not thinking it will offend people. Like Bruce, what is his surname( the smiling actor) went to Ethiopia and people gave him their love and treated him well. Guess what he made a jock on when he was on an American talk show, people in Ethiopia go to toilet in the field to show off that the had a meal.

        You can see how sick these people are. If you are living in the states get out, the sooner the better.

      • What eves October 8, 2014 at 12:38 am #

        Regarding those decadent singers, this is the most important quote in journalist history of the past several decades:

        “Remember Live Aid in 1985, that symbol of concern and generosity? Did you know that during that year, the hungriest countries in Africa gave twice as much money to us in the developed world as we gave to them? There was another famine last year. Perhaps you are one of those who took part in Red Nose Day. Did you know that before that day was over, the equivalent of all the money that comic relief had raised in Britain, about 12 million pounds, had come back to the rich countries? For every day this amount is given by the poorest to the rich on interest payments on loans that most of them never asked for or knew existed. In other words, contrary to a myth long popular in the West, it has been the poor of the world who have financed the rich, not the other way around.”- John Pilger

    • Gugsa Wonjebo January 30, 2016 at 6:11 pm #

      You have a future to be a broke ass stand-up comedian, if you ever get a gig any way. Trash licker.

  3. A deep Proud Ethiopian March 31, 2011 at 3:43 pm #

    Anyone can taste and leave a message on a certian cusine.. It is aquestion of taste..However, it would be very nice to know from which country /nationality comes the comment order to dig The value of same comment- the world is full of diffrente type of “dishes” and specialities… There are people who, neverless once judgment, derives from a certain “conditions, history, costume and way of leaving”- let’s judge the ethiopian raw meat “course”- There are people like Italians “carpaccio di carne Cruda” or Insalata di Carne criuda, o “Carpaccio di pesce crudo” ..who
    eat raw meat, fish”–The Japnese do the same with shimi and sushi
    There are people who use a lot of spice (see the shitroy fo the use of these understand why) and hot (paprika, cayenne etc etc), there are people who eat dried meat.. or fish..
    The world is full of incredibily various dishes.. it is just a question of tase..
    From my point of viez ETHIOPIA HAS A GREAT VARIETY OF offer in conofmity with its grat country, great men & great and vrious ethnicities/dishes,.. There is always a “gourmet dishe” to evryone..
    There are people who eats rats, worms…and snakes.. I don’t like those things.. but I never judge , The one who wrote the ebove article might be a person “living in hissurrounding with a very narrawo mind”..Go & vistit the whole wordl ..World is not just yr “way of sthinking” Viva ethiopian dishes !!

    • What eves October 8, 2014 at 12:44 am #

      Let’s get real and not mince words, the person who wrote the article is a person who has the sophistication of a Jersey Shore cast member. That is not snobbery, just a simple observation based on his crude and juvenile reaction to something he did not like.

    • Azazi October 21, 2015 at 2:40 am #

      The name is of Ukrainian origins….then what? 🙂 He does not like the food and he writes like a jerk. Nothing to more to say.

  4. Mulu Deres April 18, 2011 at 3:22 pm #

    I suspect the original critic of ethiopian food is a political junkie who wants to score an insult on a 3000 year culture and 85 million people. Shame on you, you foul- mothed bastard who may not even know and like your own father, let alone have a sense of respect and pride in human beings, may not have a country with its own unique language, own calender and many other original social developments like Ethiopia. We have dealt with, and overcome tough adversities for centuries, and thus, a puck like you would have no effect whatsoever.

    • bboyneko May 12, 2011 at 5:32 pm #

      I have no problem with Ethiopian language, calendar technology, or centuries of history. Only the food.

      • bedatam June 14, 2011 at 1:00 am #

        wow..this not a comment or a review on ethiopian food. you are just insulting the country and its people. i dont understand why you are mad because some people love ethiopian food. anybody can have its own taste u dont know anything about the countries culture, history and people. i guess you are the culltureless poor guy who go around and disrespect others people culture, The funny thing is you dont have any idea what you talking about, there is no such thing called ” the americanized ethiopian food” we have been eating like that for centuries the one you show on the right describing ” the ethiopian way” is just one food type and thats the way you eat it. who the hell are you to compare the food people eat to a drying material for a dog. we dont need to be americanized for you to eat it … u dick head. you are the stupidest person i have ever seen

      • Ethiopian Man December 15, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

        Than your a dumbass

      • ethioipia February 2, 2014 at 4:21 pm #

        wow, ur insulting Ethiopia and its people just because u dont like the food. How classy off you!
        I dont know who the fuck you r, but i have to comment on this.
        What ever u wrote here shows how racist, illiterate, close minded and immature u r. No one expects you to like anything, even ethiopian food, fair enough but u have no right to post this kind of rubbish.
        If you dont like it, dont eat it, as simple as that.
        At least we r not eating BIG -ASS ANTS and tortoise!
        FYI- coffee is not food its a type of beverage, meaning drink, if u have no clue about it!

      • Gugsa Wonjebo January 30, 2016 at 6:14 pm #

        Then do not eat it . And we all are honored because your dumb ass like our language and tech. Wow!!!!!!! Get a life maggot.

  5. shermuta June 14, 2011 at 1:14 am #

    what!!!!!!!!! you got a lot of nerves boy. why are you hating on ethiopians? you think you only talking about the food but you got something fishy behind. if you dont like the food..thats it you dont like it. do you need all the details about taxi drivers and bla bla bla…what the fuck is wrong with u? whoever you are dont hate..hattered will kill your soul. SOMETHING ABOUT US WE DONT GIVE A FUCK ABOUT WHAT PEOPLE LIKE YOU HAVE TO TALK…culture less punk.

    • What eves October 8, 2014 at 12:50 am #

      You’re just an immigrant not an “ex pat”. Probably not an immigrant rather an agent of some organization working to further the subjugation of people in the developing world on behalf of western imperialists, no doubt. Western imperialists are so arrogant, they feel too important to be immigrants along with everyone else so they coin pretentious terms like “ex pat” to appease their own egos. Hey I’m not African so this is not about defending my Ethiopian heritage or such, just calling a spade a spade.

  6. JS June 20, 2011 at 6:19 am #

    I’m an EXPAT living in Ethiopia. I agree the food is the worst tasting I have ever tasted, and I have eaten from street vendors carts throughout Asia and South America. I love leaving Addis so I can get good food. I don’t know how they can take perfectly good ingredients and turn it into such repulsive garbage.

    • Zettabyte February 27, 2012 at 3:45 pm #

      May be you like earthing garbage from the street and forgot how real food tests like

      • Sita April 19, 2013 at 2:33 am #

        hahahaha, i agree with you zettabyte !

    • Kaleb May 13, 2013 at 11:31 am #

      Really ? So leave Addis? I have a feeling much of this hatred towards our cuisine comes from being mad that Ethiopians never feel inferior or uneasy when meeting foreigners even they are whites like many colonized people do ! So these racists say the cuisine this the custom that ! Again don’t come here if you don’t like it !

      • John Smith May 4, 2014 at 7:26 am #

        not everyone has the same tastes…out of 1 being grossly un-edible to 10 being delicious, I would generously give it a 4. I became very hesitant about trying it since I heard Ethiopians like raw meat. Other than that, the food was bland and would not try it again.It does not have the same kick to it as Indian food has.

      • What eves October 8, 2014 at 1:23 am #

        Your words betray you. You claim many so called “colonized people” feel “inferior” or “uneasy” around “whites” while you do not, yet YOU are the person saying this. It is your mentality. I have not found people feeling inferior to farting European trolls except for perhaps Indians and Pakistanis. Nations around the world have fought European sociopaths and won over the centuries, something not possible while feeling inferior as it would defy the laws of the universe. The Zulu people delivered to the British the greatest defeat they had ever known. The Chinese resisted colonization by relentless British thieves more than once despite all of the Machiavellian schemes of the British against the Chinese. Afghanistan fought off both British and Russian empires multiple times while most of its neighbors succumbed then became known as the graveyard of empires. So speak for yourself chump and don’t let your own words betray you.

    • What eves October 8, 2014 at 12:53 am #

      You’re just an immigrant not an “ex pat”. Probably not an immigrant rather an agent of some organization working to further the subjugation of people in the developing world on behalf of western imperialists, no doubt. Western imperialists are so arrogant, they feel too important to be immigrants along with everyone else so they coin pretentious terms like “ex pat” to appease their own egos. Hey I’m not African so this is not about defending my Ethiopian heritage or such, just calling a spade a spade.

    • What eves October 8, 2014 at 12:55 am #

      You’re just an immigrant not an “ex pat”. Probably not an immigrant rather an agent of some organization working to further the subjugation of people in the developing world on behalf of western imperialists, no doubt. Western imperialists are so arrogant, they feel too important to be immigrants along with everyone else so they coin pretentious terms like “ex pat” to appease their own egos.

      Hey I’m not African so this is not about defending my Ethiopian heritage or such, just calling a spade a spade.

    • tigist October 30, 2014 at 5:26 am #

      oh…my God I do not believe what I am hearing… in this 21st century there is still such kind of people in planet earth…. why? I do not care who you are, we Ethiopian love who we are and proud of our culture, food everything signifies as a nation. why insult for being who we are? no one force you to eat our food we love it and we made it as it fits our senses may be you have no sense same ours, is that a crime not considering your taste, we Ethiopian never insult or complain about other nation food we like our food where ever we go in the world we took it with us and use our own, why do not you do it the same. you came in my house and try to tell me how I should cook…. please tell your mother that. Let us do us, do yours… rubish…

  7. lostnchina November 14, 2011 at 4:57 am #

    I agree. I never saw the appeal of Ethiopian food. The air in my mouth tastes better.

  8. Johnny Doe December 10, 2011 at 9:42 pm #

    I’ve got to admit…he’s right. Ethiopian food in the U.S. is a bizarre fad and goes to prove there’s a sucker born every minute. I have made three attempts at three different Ethiopian restaurants during the last year and a half, each time thinking that the last bad experience was an aberration or that I simply ordered the wrong dish. Now I realize that Ethiopian “food” is simply gross and that it’s not going to matter which restaurant I choose. That spongy, soggy bread their so proud of…yuk…and it only gets worse from there. Undercooked meats of dubious quality, globs of butter, minced fish…how long will this fad last? Probably not long for the Americans but I suppose the Ethiopian immigrants will keep some of the places going…

    • helen June 20, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

      “Everyone in DC is crazy” ya right Mr. wanna be!. You do not have test for anything so we do not balmme you !

  9. January 5, 2012 at 9:57 pm #

    No, I think freedom fries are better, or American pile of garbage called Burger, or may be, ….wait there is no such thing American food. Freedom fries are actually French, Burger? well its hamburger and its in Germany. What the hell is American food? Potato salad yuck! Who ever come up with this idea of a Salad should be shot, American or not. BarBque, is that not Native American? How could cutting meat and putting it on some Grill be American anyway? Is that not what humans being doing for the last 200,000 years?

    I think America would have been one big bland tasteless place without flavored foods like Ethiopian food.

    Please Nigga apologize.

    • Martin Van Buren December 11, 2012 at 7:48 am #

      There is no such thing as American food? Stuffed turkeys? Soul Food? Italian Beef? The thousands of American made variations on foreign dishes?
      You act as if the roots of America weren’t founded on the support of foreign countries and the effort of immigrants. Stop pretending like America isn’t a four-hundred year old country with roots originating back to the same European cultures you hold up to such holy standards. If it wasn’t for this melding of cultures, your “ambrosia” of diarrhea-esque slop served on a soggy pancake wouldn’t even be served here.
      We have food from many different cultures, which in turn has allowed us to come up with foods of our own. The fact that you pretend like America doesn’t have any culture shows how obtuse and bigoted you actually are.

      • What eves October 8, 2014 at 1:34 am #

        Actually America is not yet 300 years old let alone 400. It would be nice for you to learn the date of the founding of your nation. Soul food is a product of African slaves and “Italian Beef” is, dare I say, Italian. lol Carry on.

  10. Farangi in Addis January 10, 2012 at 8:49 am #

    Hello, I have been living in Addis for 1 year and 6 months now. Even as a “farangi” I know a thing or two about Ethiopian culture, and it’s food.
    I am writing this from one of Addis’s less shitty hotels, “Soramba”, and I fucking loved this review. It made me feel like I was back home in “Florida” for a second.
    I am a seasoned “farangi” with a beautiful habesha girlfriend and a great appreciation for Ethiopian “culture”… I put “culture” in quotes because Ethiopians use that word as much as Americans says “Umm” and “ahh”. First off this is, believe it or not, still a communist country with a “ministry of culture” and a water and power grid on a schedule, (the rich always have water and power, the middle class have water and power for 3 hours a day, and the poor get water when it rains and maybe power if the Chinese decide to build roads near their village.
    Out of all the people I have met here in my stay (pretending to “teach english” for a scumbag swindler), I have realized that Ethiopians are some of the most stubborn and ignorant people I have ever met; however, it’s not their fault, for they are a product of their environment (i.e. the dictatorship of Prime Minister Zenawi, and a suppressing “orthodox christian” militia).
    Don’t get me wrong I fucking love Ethiopian people, but the majority are so fucking proud of their culture that they are blinded by it at the same time. They know nothing of the outside world or even their own country. For instance 95% of people in Addis have never left the city and probably never will. All they know is what the kebele (local government offices/officers) indoctrinates to them in school, and the rest is from arab satellite TV.
    Here is another example of their pseudo culture. They consider Casio keyboards and saxophones traditional music. They refer to the act of standing under the Blue Nile Falls a “cultural shower”.
    Now as for the food, I’lll just say that Ethiopian’s eat more “cheeseburgers” than any other “non-colonized” country that may exist. The meat here is horrible and full of toxins due to the livestock walking around the city eating actual garbage and feces. ( Just yesterday I watched a cow eat a plastic Highland Water bottle).
    I have even had Sudanese and Somalian students tell me that they cannot stomach the meat in this country. As for injera, just ask any Ethiopian anywhere if they ever eat injera by itself without shero or other common beyanet toppings. They will say NO, and you will see them thinking about the last time they had plain old injera. Injera taste exactly like a semi-solid form of St. George Beer, their flat and watery, yet “Cultural” drink of choice here in Addis.
    Anyway to sum it up for all you people asking questions like “how can you insult a 3000 year old culture?” Well I’ll just say 3000 years is plenty of time to learn how to wipe your ass without using your bare hand. We “farangies” have all the right to say anything we want whenever we want, no matter how insulting, due to a little known concept called FREEDOM!!!!

    • bboyneko January 10, 2012 at 10:39 am #

      Wow thanks for that awesome comment. I wish sometimes travel shows and travel magazines would be more honest about the down side of countries and cultures. Your insight was refreshingly honest and I appreciate you taking the time to write it 🙂

    • tobey maguire May 2, 2013 at 7:43 pm #

      Ethiopia is full of their fuck culture and u think america isn’t think about it again. And if they are proud of their culture so be it they have more than 3000 years of history.

    • Kaleb May 11, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

      Hey what the hell are you doing in Ethiopia if you think that place is crap and nasty and full of ignorant people and bad food and etc and etc ? Oh you mention you teach english ? Oh does this mean you were white trash back home in your country and you came to Ethiopia expecting to be treated as the Great White Man by Ethiopians ? All this rant seems to originate from one really ugly man who feels mad that Ethiopians don’t give a damn if he’s white and ignore him ! Go back home together with those Sudanese and Somalis who know how to demean themselves for you because they used to wipe your fat ass when you ruled their terrorist infested countries !

    • Yordanos September 3, 2013 at 10:13 am #

      U Asshole We Ethiopians have the right to say what ever we want whenever we want it as well and why are u saying ferenge ferenji a hundred times u probably doesn’t know it means “Less than human ” oh poor sucker are u sent to Ethiopia so u could study why the Ethiopians are turning their faces to the chines u seem really angry ! did some gorgeous Ethiopian Dump u’re ass because u’re ignorant and oh u probably think u’re civilized because u support gay marriage wake up and look around u just because u spent u’re time here chasing after prostitutes it doesn’t mean the people are ignorant it just means u are !!!!!!!! dump ass !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • HateStupids September 23, 2014 at 4:37 pm #

      “Farangi in Addis” …you obviously don’t like Ethiopian food..that is okay, change is never easy and humanity is always resistant to a change but whatever you said has more to do with poverty than Culture,there is more to culture than what you said. It is a fact that Ethiopia is a poor country, so poor that even some people can’t afford to wipe their ass with a toilet paper…but they do wash it, if you see somebody shitting in your face and wipe his ass with his bare hand ..may be he is so disgusted by you and with every intention of wiping your face with it, as you said they are stubborn. Most of them never left their city because most of them are poor and some day they will, don’t be so sure to say they never will. And Because they are poor, they don’t have smart phone and don’t blog like you do and new to all the things in America or your way of life but do you think that is enough reason for them to be labeled as Ignorant. I don’t think they are Ignorant, by the way it is funny when an American say other people are Ignorant about the rest of the world. For most American’s there are only few countries in the world, Canda, USA, England, France, Japan( because of World war 2) Russia, Vietnam, korea ( because of the cold war) and the newly discovered lands ( Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran) and Hollywood(Moron) and still you call other people Ignorant. About the livestock walking around and eating garbage, feces and plastic bottle.. is still the face of poverty. Even Zweig’s Magellan (I suppose you know him) ate the leather from his shoes when there is nothing to eat…but saying the meat is toxic? nooooo man! some of the meat might have a parasite but I prefer to eat this meat than your cancer causing meat. And the things you said about water and power on schedule,…come one man!…do I have to say it again poverty? ….everything you said about Ethiopia is about the poverty, have they ever denied this fact? no, they publicly admitted their country is a poor country and poverty is hell as war is. But America was also a poor country, right? it used to be ravaged by typhoid, TB, hunger and starvation…18th, 19th century, the great depression …do you want me to tell you your history? but look at where America is right now …even for poor countries there is hope dumb ass. you said you have been there for one and half year and claim to know there culture but there is nothing you said about their culture, you know nothing about Ethiopian’s. wait a minute..why do you have to pretend teaching English? what was your real purpose? were you there to molester kids, to spread gay population…now I got it, where you have seen and why you said..wipe your ass without using your bare hand…the kid you molester did that obviously ….I told you he is disgusted by you…your beautiful girl friend was Just your social mask….disgusting. let me tell you their Culture to outsiders in one sentence ” they don’t bow to no one, especially to the self proclaimed kings of the world (Americans) …does that make them stubborn, ignorant and blind them at the same time? ok so what?. Because you are white, did you expect to be treated with respect and worshiped like a God…do that somewhere else not in Ethiopia …because Ethiopian’s have been worshiping God for 3000 years even when your grand grand fathers were savages. There is a lot of culture in the world and even 1000 pages is not enough to describe one’s country culture and sorry to say this but America doesn’t have a Culture, there is no such a thing as American culture ..unless eating hot dog and MacDonald is considered as one. as such you are not well equipped to talk about Culture period. Living in the most poorest country in the world should have taught you a lot, those people you just humiliated their smile never fade even with hunger and starvation, their moral never diminish and their faith never weaver. They love each other, eat together, because they eat with their hand in one plate you call them uncivilized. But that is how they show their loyalty and friendship, they won’t betray people they shared plate of food with. they are respectful well if you didn’t get it then you have to earn it. you came from the land of plenty and sometimes you have been acting like ungrateful but now that you have seen what life Ethiopia looks like, you should talk about how the trip to Ethiopia changed your life for the better not the other way round. Enjoy your American way of life while you still can because nothing stays the same forever. Way of life can change in a blink of an eye and Ethiopia never stays Poor and America Rich. And Please somebody around Soramba, if you ever find this guy, please cut him open( it is not savagery gutting a PIG) this pig headed American..and let him test his brain and Make him tell us how toxic his brain is Compared to the meat in Ethiopia….don’t worry they are not going to eat you…Ethiopian’s don’t eat Pig meat…but you do…. that is why you are the one to taste it.

    • ferenj in addis are hypocrit motherfuckers October 20, 2015 at 1:00 pm #

      You know nothing about Ethiopian culture. You guys by the way are the most ignorant fuckers! I don’t even know why you go out of your countries with such a closed mind. You should be home enjoying Mommy’s microwaved supermarket crap coz you’re just not sophisticated enough to be outside your little dark box! And as for your Ethiopian girlfriend hahaha… Am not even gon say it

  11. Farangi in Addis January 11, 2012 at 3:38 am #

    Your’e welcome. I have all the time in the world. At least when the internet is working.

    • Fikir September 22, 2014 at 11:35 pm #

      You are an ignorant and an illiterate person! If you had a piece knowledge or even a brain with functioning eyes and test buds, you would know that Ethiopian meat is healthy! And don’t you dare compare it to your full of crap, inorganic meat which tastes like… I don’t even have a word for it! And you know it, every American knows it!

      • Froggage July 28, 2015 at 9:04 am #

        You might want to look up the definition of “organic;” cows fed on whatever garbage they can scavenge don’t qualify. And your buddy upthread saying that the cows might have parasites, but that’s better than causing cancer? You aren’t exactly selling us on Ethiopian cuisine, especially from the POV of anyone who’s ever gotten food poisoning from a parasite in undercooked meat.

    • Gugsa Wonjebo January 30, 2016 at 6:20 pm #

      Fucking blood sucker. Fighting with waitresses all the time for free food and specials because you can get away with it. You call yourself faranji.
      No one use that term except suckers like you. Just leave!!!!!!

  12. Theresa January 30, 2012 at 6:27 am #

    HAHAHAHA!! I had my first taste of Ethiopian food two days ago at a hole-in-the-wall, Ethiopian cab-driver and college student girl-filled restaurant that got 4 1/2 stars from 69 reviews on Yelp. Thought it would be pretty good in that case,… authentic AND trendy! Well anyway, to make a long story short, after I discovered this morning that a friend of mine is having his next birthday party at Little Ethiopia on U Street, I went into the search engine and typed in “ethiopian food dc disgusting” and this was the first result. I have never been so happy and so amused. LOVE THIS POST!!!! IT’S SO TRUE!!!!! Ethiopian “food” is the food of one of the poorest countries on the planet. Why is it considered a gourmet delicacy? UGH!!

    • Lucio fantaye September 2, 2013 at 10:27 am #

      What does the economic condition of the country have to do with the meals themselves; do you assume we take sand off the floor and mix it with the food? A lot of people think sushi, sashimi and other raw-sea related foods are disgusting (I love it btw), yet Japan is one of the most economically advanced nations in the world…. Your argument is invalid and stupid, Ethiopian food IS a gourmet delicacy.

      • Froggage July 28, 2015 at 9:16 am #

        No, it’s not. And my Ethiopian and Eritrean friends never want to eat at those restaurants; only my white hipster friends are interested in going there, and they’re usually so high or smashed by the time we get there that they’d eat anything. And STILL they barely touch the food. It’s a chance for them to show how “culturally aware” they are by picking an “exotic” place to eat, but it’s just a show that they put on for each other. There are some very high end places in DC, but speaking from NYC, forget it — every single place I have been dragged to up here is disgusting. And for all of these angry responses that are somehow trying to conflate the food with the history and culture, leave it out. If I say that I hate sushi, I’m not saying I hate Japanese culture, so when I say that injera is foul, I’m not saying anything against Ethiopian history or contributions to culture.

    • Addis8000 January 12, 2014 at 3:01 pm #

      Giiiiiiirl you must have a boring life if you never been this amused or happy in your life 😉 . …………..Why is it considered a gourmet? to make a long story short,because most people enjoy it, good answer to a stupid question.

  13. YouHaveAnAwesomeBlog February 13, 2012 at 10:47 am #

    LMAO… Injera is like a shamwow…

    Have you tried dora-wat (chicken and boiled egg dish?) I had tried to cook it myself but the spice combination wasn’t to my liking though it looked awesome on the foodnetwork.

  14. lemtam February 26, 2012 at 5:43 pm #

    @farangi in Addis you are such a hater.. you just change the whole subject and start hating.seriously what did Ethiopian people do to you rather than being proud of their culture , u said “We “farangies” have all the right to say anything we want whenever we want, no matter how insulting, due to a little known concept called FREEDOM!!!!” what who the fuck are you??? you red neck bastard!!! what ever shit you say about us remember we are the one who kicked your kind ass with bare foot. if you want to get respected and worshiped because you are ferengi(white) ethiopia is not the place for u . you pretend to love the people when you are with them and you turn around and hate on them on the how sick is that. if i ever met u i ll stone you until you die!!Being a poor country dosent took our dignity we live with it and we ll die with it. and frankly you are just so stupid u sound like you know a lot about addis and its people but you dont you sick racist. Dont tell me ethiopian dont know about their country and the least with limited education belive me they know a lot better than u. you and your kind are the one who dont have a clue about the whole world..because they are just ignorant. your people dont even know the number of continent in the globe. you dont belive me check this video.. why dont you try to tell your ” girlfriend” what you think about her people and see how she reacts. actually, you wouldn’t have a real habesha girlfriend, ..she is probably a prostitute, thats why you are over there in the first place you sick ” ferengi”lol

  15. Johhny Boy May 26, 2012 at 7:09 pm #

    I just thought the Injera tasted gross. It was spongy and the texture of it was gross when it was mixed with the food on the big plate. Plus I hated not having any sort of utensils. To each his own I guess. To those people saying that theirs no such thing as American food your wrong. You either grew up in a big city and only ate imported food, or your a foreigner who’s never seen an “American Restaurant”. If you go to any small town or midwestern city you’ll see lots of restraunts that serve food that’s been eaten in America for centuries. Just look at any Thanksgiving dinner. That’s all American food. Do you think they have stuffed turkeys in europe or asia?

  16. Amanda May 28, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

    If you knew anything about food you would know there are good and bad restaurants an maybe if you had social skills and respect for culture someone would tell you the best restaurant to try. But you were probably as disrespectful and rude to whoever you may have aske that they told you to try the worst restaurant just as pay back. Ethiopian food is wonderful and probably the most nutritious in the world. If you do not like Injera try it with regular bread! Dumb ass! Injera is a fasting bread so there is no egg only yeast so the strong yeast flavor takes getting used to for some people. Lentils have almost as much protein as beef, which are commonly used. Greens not boiled down but sautéed to profection with garlic, onion and oil called gomen. Cabbage, potatoes and carrot with onion and garlic is also a very healthy option. Spilt peas, lentils, fried whole fish, best spaghetti you will every have with home made fresh sauce, golden tibs( well done sautéed steak pieces with onion, garlic, tomatoe and jalapeños) these. Are the foods that are my favorite and pretty common ingredients found in most houses in any country. I have never heard of eating camel only goat, sheep, fish and beef. The raw meat is always the freshest meat probably killed within one or two days and obviously refrigerated not sit around to rot. Have you ever had beef tar tar? Probably not but it’s raw meat without the spices that is found in kitfo and awaze. The best part is Ethiopians do not push you to eat the foods that you may not enjoy, they love to feed you and for you to enjoy their food so they would have served you with doro wat or something not unless you were an ass and they were secretly laughing at your disgust. Ethiopia is the land of milk and honey and the oldest unaltered bible and Christian religion in the world. If by any chance there was to be a nuclear disaster Ethiopians would probably be the only population to service because they have the will and know how. They fast so much and could make a taste meal with less than anyone else that would last longer than any food you ever had because they have such an amazing fasting food experience. Gob Bless Ethiopia! From an American hah! Kiss my ass fool! And let idiots eat raw intestines and camel if they are dumb enough and proud enough to say they were tricked without even knowing! Hahahaha idiot

    • Lucio fantaye September 2, 2013 at 10:18 am #

      Thank you, that was brilliantly put : you shone some great scientific facts about Ethiopian food and general facts about Ethiopia that I didn’t even know (Ethiopian-Canadian), kudos Amanda.

  17. Dylan Wall June 4, 2012 at 4:08 pm #

    you ignorant racist

  18. mcbanger clusterdick June 16, 2012 at 3:46 am #

    well that is very brilliant. Thank you for shining your never ending wisdom of being an attention whore. I mean every human is entitled to his opinion. I dont know if i can say that for a sub-human shit head whose only accomplishment in life is sounding like a pretentious garbage. In conclusion go fuck a cow.

  19. mcbanger clusterdick June 16, 2012 at 3:47 am #

    go fuck a cow attention whore

  20. Gamer July 22, 2012 at 10:51 am #

    FYI Ethiopians do not eat camels and intestines. Its sad how you show u’r opinion of something. Are u like a 3 year old kid who says whatever he wants. For me its like death to leave without injera.

  21. Tamrat October 14, 2012 at 9:17 am #

    Fuck you. Who is authoritative to decide which country’s food in the world is better than the other? Since we love it we love it. We are not preparing it for you. We do not bother about outriders. We are proud people with reason.

  22. Scott November 5, 2012 at 6:34 am #

    Both photos of food look pretty accurate. I dare say that to show a picture of kort next to one of biyanet and then say how one is an american adaption while the other is “authentic” shows ignorance on the part of the writer. I’ve spent the past 2 years living in rural Ethiopia, and not once have I had raw organ meat nor have I heard of anyone else ever being served that in country (but there are about 80 languages in the country and many more unique cultures). I’ve enjoyed the Ethiopian food i’ve had.

    To the writer who’s spent over a year in Addis: Maybe you should spend some time with the 85% of the people who don’t live in a big city. It’ll be a nice change of pace and you’ll actually have a chance to meet a bunch of people who’ve never heard of hamburgers.

  23. Tyson January 27, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

    What a cock sucker. There people who live for the better of the society, guys like you live to hate, it is not your fault, it is in your gene.

  24. Dawit Mulugeta March 1, 2013 at 4:22 am #

    I’m Ethiopian and I’m just dying laughing here. Well, we Love Ethiopian food and so do many others. You don’t have to like it if you don’t. Doubt if it’s going to be a fad like you say however. There’s been an exponentially increasing notoriety given to Ethiopian food the world over.

    Camel kidney is not Ethiopian food as far as I know. Perhaps you mean cow kidney? It does sound like you described when you chew it lol. Tastes great though.


  25. menilik April 19, 2013 at 4:59 pm #

    Hey. Men if u don’t like the food . Why don’t you say so what do u get by disrespecting others culture. I love every food I eat in my homeland b/c it’s for me. Tray to be open minded . Is this what you become from civilised nation and grating quality education than 3 word nation we Ethiopian unlike u love every body. U can be hater , gay or helpless looser . Whatever . If u come hear u will fill like its your country. Over weight . Hankny.

  26. menilik April 19, 2013 at 4:59 pm #

    if u don’t like the food . Why don’t you say so what do u get by disrespecting others culture. I love every food I eat in my homeland b/c it’s for me. Tray to be open minded . Is this what you become from civilised nation and grating quality education than 3 word nation we Ethiopian unlike u love every body. U can be hater , gay or helpless looser . Whatever . If u come hear u will fill like its your country. Over weight . Hankny.

  27. proud tobe an Ethiopian April 30, 2013 at 11:51 am #

    Oh my God did you just compare our injera with a napkin. complexam lol ..anyways what you think doesn’t matter since we Ethiopians love our food. I can proudly say i love Ethiopian food lot and i can’t live without eating ”injera wtih my shiro ere my doro ere my kurt and kitfo ere my genfo and bula..ere my chechebsa and kocho ere my gomen ere bezu neiew. “i just can’t live without eating my Ethiopian food deal with it and also i am so proud and proud over and over again for being an Ethiopian and you don’t know shit about our food you are simply a hater. Get a life and mind your own business oh i meant test your own foods..Hater “tinesh koyetachu yematametut yele” the so called “ferenjoch”

  28. tobey maguire May 2, 2013 at 7:31 pm #

    You better fuck off if your going to say something about Ethiopia. Than i have a lot of things to say about america your so called best place in the world well u ask native Americans you used poison bitch at least we worked for our land. I am sorry that our country is holy and didn’t sell our fucking souls to the fucking devil to become worthless obese twinke eating people. The thing is our country is getting better while your so called america is slowly dying. I have more things to say but my characters are running out.

    I am going recommend u take this little website of yours down. If u don’t see u in HELL BITCH.

  29. Kaleb May 11, 2013 at 4:18 pm #

    My Ethiopian brothers and sisters who reacted to this hateful person’s nasty comments , don’t bother ! It is just is some of those envious Faranjis who are mad that Ethiopia is not some country they drew on a map in the colonial era ! We were converted to Christianity in the 4th Century, the first Muslim converts came to our country in the 7th century, we have monuments in Axum and Lalibela, we have thousand years old manuscripts, and on and on and on ! And this is what makes many hateful people like this one say this nasty things ! Our answer should be : we don’t give a damn if you enjoy our food or not ! We know it’s great, we like it, we will not stop eating it like we won’t ever change our identity to become like you or to please you ! We just don’t care so don’t waste your time writing about us !

  30. XYZ June 28, 2013 at 12:15 pm #

    Ethiopian food ain’t made for you Narcissistic Loser!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Shut the heck up!!!!!!

  31. samie solomom July 12, 2013 at 10:37 pm #

    I am from Ethiopia I have tasted Ethiopia food before I like it you might not because you all are addicted to junk and greasy food. I don’t understand why you all say things nasty things about Ethiopia. you look at Ethiopia food and say it is gross you never tasted Ethiopia food so don’t say anything bad about Ethiopia. do you know why people from Ethiopia come to America is because they though it was a great or state or whatever. you Americans proofed us wrong. One last thing just because one Ethiopia person said that something rude or mean about America or whatever does not mean that all Ethiopians are rude and mean.

  32. Seyoum August 16, 2013 at 8:43 pm #

    If you don’t like our food just don’t eat it. Your the attention whore making this long ass story just to disrespect Ethiopia and her people. I agree with Amanda, we have some of the tastiest healthiest food in the world. And as for ferengi in Addis, GET THE FUCK OUT OF OUR COUNTRY IF YOU HATE IT YPU DISRESPECTFUL BITCH.
    Just because we don’t bend our ass backwards for your ugly white ass you have to disrespect our beautiful country with her beautiful people.
    Fucking pigs.

  33. Seyoum August 16, 2013 at 8:45 pm #

    If you don’t like our food just don’t eat it. Your the attention whore making this long ass story just to disrespect Ethiopia and her people. I agree with Amanda, we have some of the tastiest healthiest food in the world. And as for ferengi in Addis, GET THE FUCK OUT OF OUR COUNTRY IF YOU HATE IT YOU DISRESPECTFUL BITCH.
    Just because we don’t bend our ass backwards for your ugly white ass you have to disrespect our beautiful country and her beautiful people.
    Fucking pigs.

  34. mihire August 29, 2013 at 9:32 am #

    we Ethiopian are proud of it. I am an Ethiopian and I explored many countries in the world but I always miss injera. i f you don’t like to eat its up to you but its not good to insult other peoples culture and ways of life. its not e pexted from those people who declared themselves as civilized. still I live in abroad but I miss my food so so so much.

  35. Lucio fantaye September 2, 2013 at 10:11 am #

    Ethiopian here; I must say, although this was pretty insulting, I did laugh at the segment blatantly ripping Injera and its more ‘appropriate’ use as a cleaning utensil. Now, the part about the mild brain damage is highly insulting and unneccesary since its really aiming at Ethiopian people and in consort Americans who like Ethiopian food. Moreover, those ‘awesome’ scenes showing Andrew’s experience with food (which I saw) are unfair; those meals are not the traditional food most Ethiopians eat; I am from Addis (capital city) and have lived in 3 separate areas around the city, I have been to many other cities as well : shiro, misser, tsiga wot, kitfo, tibs, doro wotare the most common foods eaten, so when you try to help your argument by including Andrew’s tastings of uncommon Ethiopian meals, then you are desperate and trying to misinform your readers, shame. I understand it is your opinion (albeit a stupid opinion), I am allowed to input my opinion on your opinion.

  36. Ethi0650 September 2, 2013 at 11:42 am #

    Hi I´m proud Ethiopian DONT get me wrong.Probably every Ethiopian will hate me for this, because that’s what they always do when someone disagree with the culture or what ever. I love the food , a person who doesn’t like Ethiopian food must bee totally insane that’s no doubt about that, But my problem is my people oh Gosh, actually I know only two girls from my class and that’s already enough, WHY? because they keep saying the same fucking shit over and over again, how great Ethiopia is, how our culture is great, how we have never been colonized, …SURPRISEEEE you guys have probably NEVER heard that story before? I see the SAME shit going on over here, ENOUGH I say, instead on focusing on how great Ethiopia is there is still many things witch are NOT that great, POVERTY one of them and a lot of other things. Everybody saying how nice people Ethiopians are and how friendly they are, Yes well we are BUT we can also bee to self-centered and that’s most of the time, we go around with nose up thinking we are ´the best people God ever created, God loves us all equally, we don’t live on the fucking Garden of Eden… this is why I don’t hang much with MY people I just cant stand it anymore, My boyfriend is a white Englishman and even for that I get hating looks, Of course I do, His not Ethiopian, O my o my how horrible is that, and YES we are expecting a baby in December, just to piss them off even more , No not really but its an extra Bonus. That’s how my people is, and every Ethiopian who deny this well AGAIN is self-centered and only lies to himself not to anyone else. I can see more then ONLY my own culture.

    • melat December 10, 2013 at 4:30 am #

      Yeah I agree we might be a little self-centered sometimes and I don’t think we have the perfect culture in the world and are the best ppl because we are not…and nobody is supposed to be perfect. You can just be the best person you can be, and that depends mostly on u.
      But you are off point here. the guy is attacking your ppl just because he didn’t like the food and you are talking about how you got an English boyfriend and how you are going to make your ppl jealous by your baby. Do you even hear yourself? you are the one that sounds self-centered…advertising your life on a food blog.
      I as an Ethiopian and am happy for you and your BF…i’m not hating. you are just so blinded by where you live and forgot you’re Ethiopian. Yeah, the POVERTY sucks big time, but what the hell are you doing to change that? you’re just in another world, developing another ppl’s country. your country is your responsibility. You help it grow up, you protect its name.
      I am proud to be Ethiopian as a Nigerian person is proud to be a Nigerian and a American person is proud to be an American. And here you are, proud to be a English man’s girlfriend and nothing else.

      • Ethio650 January 12, 2014 at 10:43 am #

        Didint you read My first sentence or What?, I repeat it,Hi I´m proud Ethiopian DONT get me wrong.a person who doesn’t like Ethiopian food must bee totally insane that’s no doubt about that.

        I anyways think we ethiopians can blame ouerselves for our poverty.We brag how we never been colonized, Sure is a good thing, but who can we blame for the poverty then(if not ouerselves)? Not the White people like rest of the african countries which are actually doing better than us, richer and so on. Im Proud to bee an Ethiopian in fact im so proud that i see the countries faults without beeing embarrest about it, i think every Ethiopian should accept the fact and not deny it: Its with your way of thinking that will make a country accept poverty, what the hell did the other countries do to bee rich? We will do the same of course, im not going to bee in denial and let my people go hungry and die, and NOT eat the best food in the WORLD(my opinnion) . To the person who wrote the blog, Im not even going to sit here and waist my time on such people, Its easy for someone to hate especially anonomously
        on the INTERNET . I only commented here cause i saw again how people where bragging about other things that also didint have anything to do with this article and the FOOD(we have never been colonized we have old history, Christianity, and i see that all the time when someone says something about Ethiopia its ppl freak out, i mean not a little A LOOT), and also how my ppl insaulting white ppl and refer them as pigs, and the other Above comments that are really disturbing and hating on americans actually Doing the SAME THING like this dude is doing. It makes me angry sence i know my people have better manners than that, We are known as polite humble people around the world so lets not spoil it and let this article forget who we are.We are To0 proud thats what im trying to say thats all.Who where talking about getting anybody jealous? get a joke will you 🙂

  37. Lee November 3, 2013 at 3:35 am #

    On behalf of the United States, I want to apologize for the moron who disparaged an entire country and culture, in the process of critiquing a cuisine. Oh I’m sure Food Network will be calling him for a TV spot soon. If I had to guess, I’d say he is an American whose education about Ethiopia only extends as far as the famine of 1984. He feels safe in his little biased box. Most likely his intent was to demean Ethiopia before he even decided to try the food. He was probably shocked at how delicious it was, assuming that he’s lying for the sake of insulting it. But I suspect that he had an encounter with the culture of Ethiopia, to some extent, and was shocked at how beautiful and rich it was. It violated everything he knew – or thought he knew about Africa, which in my estimation, bruised his Western elitist ego. You see, racial/ethnic supremacists are a strange bunch. In order to sustain a feeling or illusion of supremacy, they depend on the people they consider to be inferior, to believe that they are inferior. They expect those who they think are below them to have no significant history or cultural pride, but rather to be just another poor black African country. So, in fact, elitists like him are characteristically insecure though they pretend to be above black Africans. He’s the type of guy that can’t sleep at night unless he knows black Africans, in this case, Ethiopians are suffering from poverty and low self-esteem. Unfortunately for him, Ethiopian cuisine is becoming ever more popular and as far as I know Ethiopians are incredibly proud of their history and culture. I understand he wants blacks to just stay lowly while whites stay at the top. He needs to demean Ethiopians to feel good about himself. For some odd reason, Ethiopian restaurants are for the most part successful, all because of disgusting food? I’d like to learn how to run a business like that. How would I go about that? Maybe I should write the author since he seems to know everything objectively.

  38. Rochelle Milton December 1, 2013 at 6:55 am #

    I love Ethiopians, I’ve lived and worked with them for many years, they are some of the most kind, welcoming and friendly people I have met. Their food however is terrible, I don’t mean to offend anyone but Ethiopian food is the worst I have ever tasted, Injera has the most disgusting texture I’ve ever had the displeasure of having in my mouth, it lacked flavour and substance it felt very much like a cold moist sponge. I chewed it no less than 50 times in an effort to at some point swallow the foul “bread”, which I eventually did. Unfortunately, my Ethiopian and Eritreans friends took my eating of the injera as meaning I liked it, and proceeded to feed me more, placing it with their greasy injera hands into my petrified mouth, although i insisted i was full. After the injera was done my nightmare did not stop there as my stomach experienced great discomfort for many hours after.
    I have learnt my lesson and have since avoided meal times with my Ethiopian and Eritrean friends (as all they seem to eat is injera and uncooked meat)
    I plan on one day visiting Ethiopia but will be sure to pack enough food in my suitcase to last the duration of my trip.
    Great people, great culture, terrible food.

    • Alula Shocks Egypt August 14, 2014 at 12:33 am #

      Rochelle , I am Ethiopians, believe I can not eat American food. I tasted one day Mcburger, but I said never again. The food Ethiopian food and you may not like it the first time. When I moved out of Ethiopia, I could not taste rice. It took me 10 years to get used to rice. You people so ignorant and I believe you American. Americans are known to be ignorant of other cultures and the most disrespectful. They think everything has to be American? this is why even the western world colonized others ? They could not understand other people language, culture and they destroyed them by saying they are bad. You have the same colonial mindset. I love Injera, I eat injera 24 hours. You may not believe me, Ethiopians say injera = mother. You will hate your mother. You can get tired off Ethiopian. The food is made for Ethiopians. We do not give damn shit whether you like it or not. Do not eat if you do not like it. As I said I can not American food at all. I can not go to Macdonald. They say taste differs. Some whites think everything has to be according to them. I love injera than anything on earth? who are you tell me my food bad? it is bad for you, not for me. Leave us alone your racist. We give do not give damn shit to your racism. The injeera you hate now is being known now the most healthiest food on the planet. Americans fighting to get patent to grow Teff as medicine for their GM food. Leave us alone, we do not need your compliment. Those of who married a ferenji, go and get fucked, do not come here to tell me Ethiopians self-centered. I doubt you know Ethiopians at all. Go and suck the cock of your British man. I do not care if you marry even a dog. do not tell me whose cock you are sucking. Go and suck even dogs cock leave alone human. Go you fucken harlot. Ethiopia is a great country. America is 200 years old. Ethiopia is 40 000 years old recorded history. We our ancestors defeated Europeans with no gun. I am proud to be Ethiopian. Go to hell if you do not like. Those Ethiopians who emulate Ethiopia are entitled to admire Ethiopia their home land. Every country has its history. The whites in America migrated from England because of starvation. Many of them perished on the ocean. Some survived and managed to get to usa? Europe has 1000 dark ages. Many millions of people died of syphills, bubonic diseases, cow pox,… all kind of diseases. We only had 40 years of poverty and that was because you interfere in our affaires and ignite war. Please leave us alone.

  39. melat December 9, 2013 at 7:13 am #

    I don’t blame you for not liking our food, you have the right to an opinion. I don’t blame a cow for not enjoying eating cheese. But the way you insulted the ppl using that is the stupidest thing i’ve ever read and it made me assume that you are an American.

    You know there is no cultural food for America right? and no culture? and very little native ppl left, who are originally American? The country is full of immigrants and their children who don’t know who they really came from anymore. Ppl just adopt different people’s culture in the world and Cristie that. That’s pathetic. I feel sorry for you ppl.
    It’s pretty normal to get jealous of ppl with original culture and food. Just don’t let it get to your head…You sound really stupid.

  40. Steele January 2, 2014 at 2:38 am #

    Hey dude I don’t appreciate your way of diction. I get it that you don’t like it but the way you express your hatred for it makes it sound like its the the most disgusting thing in the world and makes on of cultural elements look bad. Now thanks to you other people may never give it a chance. The image you displayed and claimed was “Real Ethiopian Food” isn’t completely true.The everyday meal varies and there are different foods for different occasions. Anyway to get back to what I was saying you are entitled to your opinion but you shouldn’t discourage other people to try something you’ve tried and don’t like. LONG LIVE ETHIOPIA AND IT’S PEOPLE!

  41. ETHIOPIAN February 3, 2014 at 10:45 am #


  42. Leli February 21, 2014 at 1:47 pm #

    Fuck you, go fuck your self you low life dick. Suckish review. Very rude. And just cause you dont like it doesnt mean other people wont now i am not ethiopian but this is just rude how you rip off on there food. I bet its better than the food in america. All the foods in america are fatning and processed and have obese ass people everywhere. So stop ripping on there culture cause honestly it is known of your business you prick. Go fuck yourself and put a burger up your asshole dickhead. Bye shitface.

  43. Leli mckinely February 21, 2014 at 1:51 pm #

    Fuck you, go fuck your self you low life dick. Suckish review. Very rude. And just cause you dont like it doesnt mean other people wont now i am not ethiopian but this is just rude how you rip off on there food. I bet its better than the food in america. All the foods in america are fatning and processed and have obese ass people everywhere. So stop ripping on there culture cause honestly it is known of your business you prick. Go fuck yourself and put a burger up your asshole dickhead. Bye shitface.

  44. Stella S. March 15, 2014 at 8:03 pm #

    You are a nigga! just because you don’t like the food doesn’t mean you can say its nasty to everyone! You are an asshole! Fuck u! just because u don’t like it doesn’t mean other people don’t! Stop criticizing Ethiopian food! Gosh you better apologize . I don’t even know who the hell you are but if you cant respect other peoples culture the go shut you dirty mouth! I may not be Ethiopian but I love the food! You are a sick asshole who criticizes other peoples cultures! who do you think you are bitch! If you don’t have anything nice to say then shut the hell up stupid! I don’t like bitches like you! You are an ass nigga and a stupid nigga bitch! now shut up and stop criticizing!!!!!!!!

  45. Yared March 17, 2014 at 9:07 am #

    IF IT IS FREEDOM that allows you to speak out negatively on other people’s food, culture, occupation of lifestyle and so forth, then it shows you do not have much to do in this world except build up hatred on others in order to feel better of yourselves! The Ethiopians love their food how ever much it is critizied – so you too either eat it or leave it! They love their culture and everything about themselves. So that is that! Maybe you do not have a culture and that bothers you! Unfortunately, they have leaders who hate their people like you. Most likely both you and their leaders are jealous of their peaceful outlook of life.That can’t be helped. They mind their own business and they want you to mind yours and instead do something worthwhile to your own community and leave others alone.


  46. Brittany March 24, 2014 at 9:23 pm #

    this person must be Eritrean (most envy/hate ethiopian and try to discourage). it is one thing t say they don’t like the food but actually taking the time to write an article over how bad it is in order to get other to join their side by no credible evidence ( the fist picture was ridiculous lol bother the picture on the left annnd right are what our food looks like not just the right) . sound completely hateful, uneducated, biased, sad, lifeless, and lonely! God bless you is all i can say to this.

    • Michael October 1, 2014 at 11:24 pm #

      Let me tell you something you piece of shit I am Eritrean and we do not hate Ethopians this is offensive to me, a lot of Eritreans have ethopians in their family too such as me is split 50 50 an I have never met an eritrean who hates ethopians, usually thy want to be identified as Eritreans not ethopians but they do not hate them. Go fuck your self for thinking that.

  47. abyssiniya April 12, 2014 at 1:31 am #

    Baba haha ….. let me tell u somethin ethiopians they dont care whether u like that food or not they just enjoy by thier food staff and egnored u like who dont like thier food so u already egnored go eat u r puffy staff farty

  48. Habi June 12, 2014 at 11:36 pm #

    The blogger is so dumb he doesn’t even understand there are different cultures and different kind of foods and tastes other than European

  49. Chad June 23, 2014 at 7:59 pm #

    I am very multicultural, i lived in Asia for a majority of my life as well as America and have traveled all over the world. I have tried many foods through out the world, eaten kangaroos, frogs, crocodile, Thai, Indian, Vietnamese, middle eastern, Korean, etc.; however, while in Israel, I tried Ethiopian food from some of the Ethiopian Jewish immigrants, and i cant even deny it was one of the nastiest things i’ve ever eaten. Sour alien bread and mushy shit? the textures, taste, and temperatures were all wrong. It makes sense how they have hardly progressed culturally when they cant even make decent food.

    • RavioliDesperado August 29, 2014 at 11:30 am #

      Just because you lived in other places doesn’t make you multicultural. You obviously have no sense of perspective, what is behind a culture developing a certain cuisine, and therefore you are very single minded in your tastes … which is fine, just don’t spout off as being multicultural. The fact you know nothing makes your ignorant statement about cultural progression that much more laughable. Boooooooo…

    • What eves October 8, 2014 at 1:48 am #

      You’re so “multi cultural” you think “Middle Eastern” is a cuisine category. FYI what is know as the ME contains disparate nations stretching from Central Asia to North Africa with countless different ethnicities and cultures. You need to brush up on your facts before you claim to be “multi cultural”. With that said this is the stupidest most puerile blog I have ever read. I think I lost brain cells reading the moronic and sometimes thinly veiled racist BS comments. Comments by people who preface their verbal diarrhea by claiming they like Ethiopian or have been to Ethiopia or whatever the case may be and end with a virulent bout of verbal vomit and juvenile ranting. I don’t know how I ended up here as I was merely googling pics of bread but I am dearly sorry I did.

  50. robel tekle July 18, 2014 at 8:33 pm #

    to be honestly most of you guys are in america who posted this but let me tell u dis, u don’t fucking know how it is in here u fucking dicks, me and my kinds love our country cause we r not feck u guys go out their and see peoples who loves their country their food their clothes and thats why they are number one, by their love and respect for their people they make u julus and go out site but the truth is we Ethiopians are TRULY UNIQU and I wish can’t explain more what’s inside my but I’m so mad right now and I can’t u fucking looser and by the way my favorite food in this entire world is ketfo

  51. Zizi July 27, 2014 at 10:52 pm #

    First of all, it takes a sophisticated person to enjoy or articulate what it tests like Ethiopian food. Quality You and that senseless Andrew show don’t! You are better off writing on what you know best- hot dogs & burgers.

  52. rox August 11, 2014 at 4:28 am #

    You son of a insult our food and our country? do you know how burger is made? i heard that the people that make the burger meat don’t eat it. since they know what’s inside of it. Ethiopian food is one of the healthiest food you can find.and as long as we love it your opinion doesn’t mean shit. why don’t you go eat your junk food and get a cancer.

  53. Alula Shocks Egypt August 14, 2014 at 1:00 am #

    I like to shoot the racist Ferenji who is declaring himself he is in addis for prostitute. Hey, Hell, I do not give damn shit to your skin colour and your American citizenship. Leave my country alone and fuck out of my country dedeb. At least Ethiopians are proud in their country. They do not go and invade, and kill people to rob other people’s resources. America uses 98% other country’s resources. America is the most unequal and lawless country on our planet. American economy is controlled by 1% of the population. American citizen have no basic primary healthy care and they have to go to Europe or cross border to Canada to get free health care. There is no ghetto in Ethiopia like in USA. We know you who you are. tell to some body else. It is a lawless country ruled by guns. I can go and shoot people like computer game. Go and teach our freedom somewhere else. You hate the Chinese in Ethiopia? why? This is racism at its worst? if you do not like Ethiopian food. It is your problem. I do not like McDonald food, I went one time and I said I will never go again. You can not like every food every country. This is complete ignorance. You must be American. A Canadian will never say that. Americans do because they have no respect or knowledge of other cultures. I love injera. In Ethiopia people say injera is like mother. I love injera than anything on the planet. So why does a primitive ferenji from America has to tell me what is good or not good for me. Is it because injera is bad Americans fighting to get patent to grow Teff ? Teff is now known as the most healthiest and most nutrious food on the planet . All European American farmers are trying to farm it as healthy cash crop. But yet it is the thing you are hating so much. Go and fuck mother. We Ethiopian do not give damn shit to your skin colour. We are race blind, colour blind, religious blind. you go and preach your freedom somewhere else. Okay, Give freedom to Americans first. you have 3.5 million prisoners in USA. You invade and bomb countries. Even European do not like you because you are ignorant. Okay, because I do not like McDonald I do not need to write about it. I just do not go there to eat food. That is it. You are are only exposing. I hope the regime in Ethiopia will track you down and expel you in 24 hours. Rubbish, I do not give damn shit to your Ferenji ness. You think you are superior? fuck, go and tell that ferenjiness to somebody else. Ethiopians are more civilized than you. You are ignorant and arrogant. I do like Thai food and is it because Thai food is bad? Last time I went with friends and I bought $50 supper in Thai restraint. I could not even eat one morse. I just paid and left without eating any. The reason is the taste did not taste me good. But that does not mean the food is bad. It is because it was new for me. My other friends ate the food well and they love it. Is this Thai food problem? it is my problem because I was not used to the food. Americans, you are the most ignorant people on the planet.

    • Ding-a-Ling November 14, 2016 at 7:04 pm #


      Whoever started this blog is racist

  54. RavioliDesperado August 28, 2014 at 3:03 pm #

    Ignorant, narrow-minded post. I’ve had Greek food that made me retch for days — does that mean their 5000 year old cuisine and culture is for naught? You have absolutely no clue about Ethiopian cuisine. You’re going off your experience in Ethio restaurants in DC and a fucking celebrity chef — that’s a thorough culinary analysis all right! If you don’t like the food, then just leave it at that. Don’t take an entire country down just for the attention you obviously crave, and . Cuisine in Ethiopia covers a wide range of influences and regional varieties. Some are to people’s tastes, some are not. Just like Indian, Greek, or practically any national cuisine, it has been standardized in this country to a handful of popular meals. Nothing wrong with that. Many people love it, myself included, and they’re not convincing themselves, they actually love it. I’ve had tibs in Addis, it’s fantastic and cheap. No food poisoning, no intestines. What you are saying is a complete misrepresentation and complete BS.

    God dammit why did I waste 5 minutes of my life commenting on your ridiculous post. Joke’s on me I guess, time to get off the internet.

  55. allen September 5, 2014 at 2:58 pm #

    I find it funny how some one doesn’t like a certain type of food and he’s called a racist. I think it’s you who’s the racist because it’s the first thing that came to your mind. Don’t be so obsessed with race. Learn how to express your self in a mature non hate full way. Something like ” you haven’t enough experience with our cuisine to make your judgment”…see, notice how I sounded like a mature adult. All your hate will eat you up. A person has a right to criticize, with out being called a racist. Funny how when I said things about George Bush nobody said a word. Say something about Obama and your called a racist. What a shame.

    • What eves October 8, 2014 at 1:58 am #

      It’s just that westerners so often ARE racists and have been for 500 years or so since they began their imperialist ventures. You cannot demand that humanity forget some five centuries and the current invasions, wars and demonization of blacks, Muslims, Mexicans and everyone else just because you don’t want to be reminded of reality. FYI Barack Obama is black and George Bush is white that explains your experience with commenting on them.

  56. michael November 8, 2014 at 10:39 pm #

    You damm fuck you don’t know what fuck you talk about ethiopIan food you eat pigs the worst fucked up grows food you know pigs eat humans so you tell me who eat fucked up food you bitch ass.

  57. John January 10, 2015 at 6:14 am #

    After reading this page I certainly have not come to the opinion that Ethiopians are largely dicks with terrible food, No Sir!

  58. kirubel March 21, 2015 at 6:38 am #

    well,look who is are dumb as fuck,ethiopia existed long before your fucking state was even known to exist.your foods are barf,your people are overweight,your government is corrupt,your so called usa(or should i say united states of assholes/anal thinkers)citizens are homosexual,lesbian or guess what they do zoophilia!! and you say or think you say ethiopian food is shit,you dont know a thing about us,you lifeless prick.CHECK YOUR SELF BEFORE YOU SAY THESE THINGS.and hey don’t take this personally comprende

  59. Madina Kader September 3, 2015 at 10:01 am #

    To whoever wrote this plz, apart from your unprofessional writting skill obviously u had a bad tasting experience in Ethiopia but WHO CARES!!! And from my information the two first pics you put on to compare we two different dishes one is vegan(the american one) and the other is just raw meat called ( kurt ) or (kitfo) if i aint mistaken . FYI raw meat has alot more benefits than cooked. Hopefully next time you spend a little bit more money and try eat off a better chef plus America is not the best placd to provide spices for Ethiopian cuisine.

  60. ferenj in addis are hypocrit motherfuckers October 20, 2015 at 12:40 pm #

    obviosly this guy is very closed minded, tasteless because had never tried anything than industrial potato fries and whatever food like idustrial shit they have in the west. And this is also to the hypocrit ferenjis living in Addis that have no clue what they talk about because they probably have never tried anything from a farm and they grow up being told that the industrial garbage they eat that comes in plastic bags is the best food. Of course you won’t like it because you grow up eating all this cancerous crap and have no idea what real organic food is and just are not prevelaged to understand the taste of real organic food.

  61. Ethiopia October 20, 2015 at 2:44 pm #

    You’re an ass! Simple.

  62. Kris October 20, 2015 at 3:14 pm #

    Amazing, it is one thing to have an opinion and it is another to be totally disrespectful and rude while delivering that opinion. How dare you speak on something that you clearly know not of! “It’s disgusting,” meanwhile you probably eat at McDonalds still. This article was disgusting, and so was your writing.

  63. Muleta January 7, 2016 at 7:06 pm #

    I know this guy. He is of Italian descent. His grandparents have been disgraced and shamed. Some Italians are not able to recover from that wound. This guy is licking granpa’s wounds. As coward, ugly, and shamless as these guys are,they can’t stand a beautiful, proud and authentically black people like Ethiopians.

  64. ethme January 20, 2016 at 1:59 am #

    this is so fucking ignorant of you people. Ethiopian I love my country and food…obviously people love what they are used to…just cuz u don’t like the taste doesnt mean its nasty…n its nat “mercado” its “mercato” n in that place you will find love,sharing and respect that u will never experience in ur pathetic life that revolves around internet….I have no words to describe how rude u sound and thats why you’re nat Ethiopian ..your too dumb and ignorant to be one…

  65. Seble Tsiona June 16, 2016 at 1:22 pm #

    Lamo, who ever wrote this article is either a hater,(if you are a racist then I have a bad news for you we Ethiopians don’t understand the word racism, simply because we are incredibly proud of our identity, so hopefully you are just hater…I can’t speak for other nations),jealous or you are trying to get attention by attacking a certain group or topics in general ( that makes you pathetic and you are the perfect example of why we need to disqualify subjects like you as undeveloped human race), that said Our food is unique and adventurous IF YOU DARE to explore and only the ones with a good knowledge of diversity can achieve a sensible conclusions.
    Few advice and tips :
    *See if you can help your self by looking back in to your past or current issues and try to find a healthy attitude in order to be accepted for who you are.
    * if the above doesn’t work then sick a professional help.

    One love 😘

  66. Daniel Eritrea July 25, 2016 at 8:41 am #

    I am Eritrean and who the mother fucker would show disgrace like that. This insane ass hole commented this shit and I was offended. I would seriously take this racist and report this to WordPress. Hopefully you all Ethiopians and Eritreans will not face this dick faced moron

  67. Khalil Hill October 5, 2016 at 6:53 pm #

    London, England boasts over 45 Ethiopian restaurants justifying the tastes of the kingdom’s global reach as the most experienced food colonial adventurists making this thread irrelevant unless you’re using bloated America carnivoirsm as a guidance of things to avoid. Try taking away cheese and meat and you’ll see Ethiopian is top 3 vegetarian cuisine. I’m sure your next blog will lambast soy for its fatigue inducing properties yet no mention of Heart disease, cancer and kidney failure so prevalent in the Meat eating community. Geboch?’

  68. Orshiso February 26, 2017 at 5:08 am #

    I read your biast opinion in regards of Ethiopian food. I am from Ethiopia but lived here 3/4 of my life in USA. I miss Ethiopian food you seem to make fun of. Never heard Ethiopians ever consuming raw camel organs at all. May be I was from old Ethiopia and did not have your versions.
    Injera is very aromatic delicious with lentils, vegetables, curried beef, chicken meet. It could be too spicy for most foods do contain them yet its worth every penny. To the comment you made in the environs of Mercato market, I truely feel you are full of crap.
    Its not different from any market. There ample cities that smell worse than Markato I visted here in the USA. Frquently visited Pike market where human urine cause you nausia next to many restourants.
    As Ethiopian we are not familiar with many dishes you pay arms & legs to get it ie tunas, snails, shrimps, snakes which I choose to die than bring close to my mouth. Nothing smells
    So digusting to me than tunas and lobister, yack.
    Beauty is in the beholders eyes! You can bash
    Ethiopia for its other factors but Ethiopian food is one to die for its organic with all good
    Minerals in it.
    So long.

  69. samata March 28, 2017 at 2:53 pm #

    We dont give a shit for such stupid writer . You might be dumped by our beautiful habesha girl who wants a real man who raised by eating enjera and berbere not someone weak and mother fucker like u son if a bictch!

  70. tebeda April 16, 2017 at 5:32 am #

    @bboyneko OK, so you didn’t like the food. I can’t blame you. No one can. Because biologically, every person has its own taste due to the difference in concentration of the different taste buds.

    But you are also reflecting your racism (if you’re not a racist then why make a whole insulting and disrespecting blog about “just the food”?)

    Yes, we like, no LOVE our culture as much as we like our foods. That’s why we were a defensive in these comments. Our foods are parts of our culture, and we are so damn proud of that. The great Emperors like Emperor Menelik II fought bravely, not with guns but with only spears, barefooted, against the Italian fascists so that they keep their respected tradition intact. And they won; against the odds of winning against big guns. They (they meaning the proud people of Ethiopia) kept their borders clean.

    So do you think they are going to let some stranger on the internet insult this? NO FUCKING WAY!!! We should be self-centered; how not when our country is the beginning of human life? (literally, the oldest human fossils was found here)

    OK, you go ahead and eat all those junk foods till your belly flops and hate the Ethiopian foods however you want but don’t you just dare compare it to a napkin. I tried to be as polite as possible, hope you noticed that.

    You obviously have something against us since you made up that we eat a camel kidney, stupid ass cunt.

  71. Anon July 21, 2017 at 12:09 am #

    Ethiopian food is hipster-bait garbage around where I live. Shits fucking nasty. (I thought Ethiopians don’t have food and that’s the big problem?)
    You’d think that but maybe the reason there all starving in Ethiopia is because all their food looks like baby diarrhea, and nobody wants to eat it because starving is the more pleasing option.

    Stay mad Ethiopians

  72. kidmc2014 August 11, 2017 at 6:12 am #

    I stumbled in too.
    I thought I was only one, of very few people who’d eaten Eritrean cuisine and didn’t care for it.
    I wanted to contribute to the thread with sarcastic comments, with “Rickles-esq” comparisons to self rising slobber and overly spiced Gerber products, but then, I remembered reading an article back in the 80’s wherein; Inuit people said that the thing they feared and disliked the most when interacting with people from other cultures, were the derisive remarks about their food.
    They said it really hurt their feelings.
    So, although I am in agreement with you, certainly regarding its fad appeal, driving most of the stateside popularity, I, will refrain from condemning it all together.
    Who knows?, maybe I will loose all my teeth, and the ability to chew my food, and in that case, I might become a happy patron.

  73. kidmc2014 August 11, 2017 at 6:20 am #

    I forgot to say; the story about the napkin and the lady had me on the floor rolling with laughter.

  74. ketchupandfrogsoup August 24, 2017 at 3:30 pm #

    My best friend and I spent two weeks in Ethiopia for school–and basically almost died because the food was absolutely every terrible thing and more that you have gloriously outlined in this post.

    We also just had a fantastic laughing at our past pains, via this post.

    Sweet Lord. Thank you for this fantastic collection of truths.

  75. Remington 12 November 2, 2017 at 10:48 pm #

    I lived in Ethiopia for some time. The food is actually pretty good. I had 2maids who cooked injera every day just because that’s what I’d rather have… One thing I being from Buffalo NY and those born in Ethiopia and moved to the u.s is the injera in America is not the same…Part being it’s missing its key ingredient due to custom restrictions. As far as your comment on Ethiopian food being poor man’s Indian….They are in no way shape and form similar.

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