There are 57 countries and more than 1,000 languages spoken on the continent of Africa. From a culinary prospective, it can easily be divided into three regions -- Northern, Central and Southern. Within these regions, there are thousands of street vendors, selling all types of soups, barbecue, kebabs, snacks, sandwiches and sweets, throughout every big city and small town.
Northern African Flavors
North Africa countries, such as Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco and Egypt, use a lot of the same ingredients. The foods made from the ingredients are described as Mediterranean, Spanish, African and Arab flavors. Popular foods sold by street vendors include Shish kebabs (cubes of beef, chicken or lamb, zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers, fennel buds, onions, and cauliflower), Tunisian Plantain Snacks (plantains, deep-fried in vegetable oil, sprinkled with red chili powder, and coarse salt). There is also Kefta (seasoned ground meatballs made with beef or lamb). Other ingredients include onions, parsley, mint, ground cinnamon, cumin, graham marsala, salt and pepper. All of the ingredients are mixed together, formed into balls, cooked in oil and served in pita bread with some tzatziki sauce (a yogurt and cucumber sauce).