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I'd like to know what traditional foods/dishes exist, if any, and how I should go about locating places that sell them :) I am not really looking for modern cuisine, I'm looking for local food that someone's mother might make.

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If you go to Dakar and like burgers, don't forget to go to the burgers in the city center. There I could taste the best burguers in my life. – Ivan Dec 21 '11 at 9:47

The number one in Senegal is the so called Yassa Poulet. It is made of chicken and rice with a delicious sauce. There are a lot of interesting dishes more, but Yassa Poulet is specially easy to find in any place and delicious.

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Yassa is nice, but I would recommend thiebu jen, specially homemade. – Lazy Ninja Mar 22 '14 at 4:34

As a senegalese, I recommend you:

  1. Thiebu jen
    This the most popular dish in Senegal. It looks like Spanish paella, but thiebu is more tasty. Home made is better than what they serve in the restaurant.
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  2. Yassa
    Made off onions marinating with mustard, lemons. Usually server with Chicken. Fish yassa also is yummy.

  3. Maffe
    West africa style curry.
    There are different kinds:

    • Maffe with peanut butter
    • Maffe with okrah
    • Sour maffe
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These sound fantastic! Just out of curiosity, do any of these have vegetarian options? – drN Mar 22 '14 at 11:07

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