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Saturday, 02 March 2013 16:45

Silver Spring, MD: Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant Featured

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From the traditional place setting and décor, to the authentic food and service, you travel to Ethiopia without the airfare when visiting Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant in Silver Spring, Maryland. The outside of the restaurant is small and quiet, but the inside just screams culture. Greeting you inside the restaurant are small woven tables with tops (to keep the food hot) and woven chairs with pillows made from animal skins. On the walls you will see hand painted pieces and hand crafted pottery work.

Ethiopian_foodWhile the décor is screaming culture, you may want to scream once you get a taste of the spicy food. Ethiopia is known for their spicy cuisine, this has a lot to do with their berbere East African spice blend. Berbere is a blend of spices such as cloves, coriander, fenugreek seeds, cumin, paprika, peppercorn, ginger cinnamon, turmeric, allspice, cardamom, and chili powder. The combination of these spices together will set your mouth on fire.


 

 As my first time dining in an Ethiopian restaurant, I was introduced to injera/injira, which is Ethiopian flat bread. This bread is used as the base upon which your meal will sit. It is also used as a utensil. On top of my injera was dora wat chicken, curried pork, collard greens, roasted lamb, and cabbage and carrots. With all this on a tray your taste buds are certain to go for a little roller coaster ride from spicy, to very spicy, and then settling down to savory. The injera flat bread is the perfect carrier for the different spices and textures.

My experience at Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant was wonderful, and I will be going back. The service at this restaurant is amazing and the natives do not mind telling you all about their home, the food they eat, and their culture. They were more than willing to explain about the ingredients. They even shared how their family gets together at dinnertime and shares all of the food on the tray and talks about their day. When you visit the restaurant, no doubt, you will enjoy the culture and the food. And maybe, like me, it will make you think about your heritage and how to become more in touch with it.

Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant is located at 8221 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910. For more information, call 301-562-5911.

 

Jalisa

 

 

 

This article was written by culinary student and MCCN volunteer writer, Jalisa Harris.

 


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