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by DAO
  • FOOD TIP: KITFO - Addis Ababa
  • FOOD TIP: KITFO - Addis Ababa
    by DAO

For some reason many visitors to Ethiopia want to try this dish as soon as they can. Kitfo (or Ketfo) is raw beef. That’s how it's served. I find this heavy on the stomach and have never had a very good dish in a restaurant. One of my friends made it at home for me and I did find it very tasty. Essentially Kitfo is minced beef marinated in butter with spicy chilli powder and other herbs & spices. It is eaten with injera. My host poured melted butter on top, but that’s as close to heating the dish up as you are going to get.

If you still want to try this dish do 2 things. Go to a top quality restaurant and order ‘Marhabaroui’. That is a little of everything. Specify that you want Kitfo as one of the portions. Enjoy.

Please note: You can get ‘Special Kitfo’ which is deep fried (last picture). I find that kills the taste.

Website: http://www.africa.upenn.edu/Cookbook/Ethiopia.html#KITFO

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  • Updated Jul 17, 2008
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