Africa food includes chicken, turkey, beef, even bush meat are all eaten … but what about dog meat? BattaBox heads out to one roadside barbecue where they are cooking a local speciality – dog meat.
“It tastes like goat meat,” says Tunde, the Nigerian cook who has been running the business since January. “I don’t feel anyhow when I am killing the dog.”
Tunde and his friends kill the dog and then wash and clean the meat before chopping it up to put in the big pot and charcoal grill to sell for customers in Badagry, just outside of Lagos. Dog meat is most commonly eaten in Calabar and Ondo state – but, says Tunde, it is a fast becoming a national delicacy and that Badagry should “win an award” for the amount of dog meat they now eat.
Dog meat in Nigeria is often nick-named “404” after the Peugeot 404 and the dog’s ability to run fast. Different parts of the dog are named after different parts of the car – for example, the hind leg is called the “Gear Shift” and the intestines called the “Steering Wheel.”
“Before 15 minutes plenty of people will come and rush to buy this dog meat,” says Tunde as he starts the grill.
And then the customers start arriving: “If you eat dog meat you won’t get sick says one customer as he chooses the tail.”
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are the busiest days for his business – where he can sell up to three or four dogs; in weekdays, he normally sells one a day. Tunde sells each dog for about 9000-10,000 Naira ($64).
Liek all good African food, the meat must be spiced – and Tunde cooks with ground pepper, green leave, onions, salt and maggi – sprinkled and mixed in the big pot with the freshly chopped and cleaned dog meat.
The water used to wash the dog is even used to make Eba – “It’s very delicious – you will enjoy it better pass!”