Yesterday I had my first product review with African Food Box and their Puff Puff Savoury Box. I reached out to this company and was greeted with a really friendly customer service and they were happy to send over some to try. Since this is a West African food, I have never come into contact with it myself and was very keen to try it out and see what they tasted like.
Puff puff is a traditional West African fried dough and is commonly called such in Nigeria and Sierra Leone. They can be sweet or savoury and eaten plain, rolled in any spices/flavoring and even dipped.
The product arrived in the post quite quickly and the packaging was very welcoming. Whilst opening the box I found an Igbo Proverb ‘Words are sweet, but they can never take the place of food’. Once researching I found out that the Igbo people are a meta-ethnicity native to the present-day south-central and southeastern Nigeria and also Equatorial Guinea. I thought this was a very nice touch to the African Food Box feel and theme. Once opened I found a range of alphabetically labelled packets and an easy follow instruction sheet with what to do.
Each packet contained a ingredient including yeast, flour and spice mix, skewer and optional herb and onion mix for the mixture and Yaji / Suya Spice. Yagi is the Hausa word for the spice mix and is generally understood as being a hot spice. I followed the instructions exactly to make sure I could give an honest review.
Considering I had never made these before, the images on the instructions were very helpful to compare my own creation to in order to ensure I was on the right track. The total process took around an hour and a half to make including proofing and frying and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I felt guided through the process and they went down a hit with my family. I have to admit I was not expecting the spice to be so spicy and might have added a little too much! However I am a massive fan of spicy food so it was not an unfamiliar feeling having burning and being unable to stop eating.
They tasted totally different to anything I have tried or made before and so I am definitely a fan of AFB and their products. I will definitely be ordering more products from them and trying their Sweet Box next time. I would recommend this to new foodies and experiences ones too! Check them out at: