Houston is often called the most diverse city in America, and the influence of immigrant communities has a huge impact on its food. In Houston, most of the West African population is Nigerian, but people, and ingredients, from Senegal, Liberia, Ghana, and other countries in the region also continue to make their mark on the local food scene. Popular dishes found in Houston range from suya and jollof rice to peanut soup and plenty of other stews.
West African food is the foundation of soul food; foodways and traditions came to America through the slave trade and can be traced through the dishes — from jollof rice came jambalaya, and grits share a history with fufu.
In this map, find all the restaurants mentioned on the “Houston” episode of No Passport Required, and watch the episode here. And find all episodes from seasons 1 and 2 on PBS.Read More