Taste buds can easily turn into viciously passive-aggressive taste frenemies without proper attention. Keep your tongue from gossiping behind your back with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of African cuisine at Mawa's Taste of Africa in Morrisville.
The chefs at Mawa's Taste of Africa craft a flavorful menu that reflects indigenous traditions from a host of African countries, with tasty influences from around the world. The lamb tagine ($17), a Moroccan dish, swims, splashes, and plays Marco Polo in a pool of honey sauce with an entourage of dates, prunes, olives, and couscous. Vegans and vegetarians can choose from many options, such as Soheir's vegan platter ($13), an Egyptian dish with chickpea rounds, hummus, tabbouleh, kosheri, baba gannouj, and stuffed grape leaves. A recipe from Goree, known as riz goreen ($14.95), combines lamb, chicken, and seafood with rice to yield an African paella. For postmeal tongue entertainment, a crispy brioche with ice cream and banana caramel introduces itself to diners as mbourou faas ($5.50) before singing songs about its love affair with sweet teeth.
Diners can enjoy their fare while sitting within Mawa's Taste of Africa's plush booths, surrounded by African décor, or experience a more traditional way of eating by sitting together on comfortable mats.
Yagg Si Tenn Catering
The chefs at Yagg Si Tenn Catering hail from Senegal—a West African country where vendors peddle tropical fruits in bustling marketplaces and fishermen pluck fresh fish from the bountiful sea. When they arrived on North Carolina soil, the chefs brought with them a wealth of traditional African recipes as well as a deep appreciation for good food and family. Today, they distribute housemade dishes from Senegal and other African countries throughout North Carolina.
Deep in the Yagg Si Tenn kitchen, the chefs fold fresh ingredients and authentic spices into complex dishes—from spicy grilled chicken yassa to flavorful jollof rice. They also bottle their recipes in the form of housemade traditional sauces, such as the fresh roasted-habanero Kani spread and the garlic-and-lemon vinaigrette. The culinary crew has served these freshly made African specialties at weddings, large parties, and odd incidences when everyone in town is inexplicably drawn to the same abandoned factory in the middle of the night.