Nile Ethiopian Restaurant opens in Rochester
Rochester, New York Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Nile RestaurantÃ‚Â has been on the sign for a few months, but a more important sign went up just last week: Now Open.
OwnerÃ‚Â Halefom Ã¢â‚¬Å“RicoÃ¢â‚¬Â DorryÃ‚Â is happy to be serving dishes from his native Ethiopia at last.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“People always enjoyed our food when they came over for meals, and several of them said we should consider opening a restaurant,Ã¢â‚¬Â says Dorry, who grew up in Rochester, of what made him want to open the Nile. Ã¢â‚¬Å“More than anything, I wanted to introduce the culture of Ethiopia to Rochester, to somehow give back, to pay Rochester back.Ã¢â‚¬Â
In Ethiopian cuisine, two elements are almost always present: Berbere spice mix and injera.
Berbere is a chili pepper-based spice mix that includes ingredients native to Ethiopia, and it flavors many of the dishes served there. One of the most popular is wot (also known as wat), a stewed mixture of onions, tomatoes, garlic, ginger and meat. Another popular dish is tibs, which is made-to-order with marinated meats and vegetables.
Injera is Ethiopian flatbread. Its texture is spongy, like a thick crepe, but the fermenting process creates a sour, tangy flavor more similar to sourdough bread, which compliments the spicy berbere stew. Read More