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If you haven't yet discovered Ethiopian and Eritrean cuisine, you're in for an incredible treat! Foodies all over America are celebrating the fact that it's now possible to get these amazingly delicious and healthy African dishes in so many cities. The MLK Cafe, however, has been serving up both American and Ethiopian food for years right here in Oakland, to the delight of our many customers.
At the heart of Ethiopian and Eritrean cooking is injera, a gluten-free bread made from a grain called teff. Injera looks like a thin, spongey pancake but has a delicious, slightly tangy flavor. We like to tear off a piece of injera and use it as a kind of scoop for the rest of our meal. The mild flavor of injera goes perfectly with the sometimes spicy stews and chopped meats. Chefs of this region work magic with spices, herbs and other flavorings. A simple plate of lentils turns into a hearty, savory dish with a rich aroma and unforgettable flavor. Typically, an Ethiopian meal consists of several different stews and meats, so you can try a little bit of everything!