Egg sandwich on the go: eggs, tomato, onion, peppers and mayo on a baguette… And a little culinary love from Batman, neighborhood restaurateur extraordinaire. Faso Kanu, Magnambougou, Bamako.
Breakfast on the go: ngɔɔmi. sourdough-like fried pancakes sprinkled with sugar, or drizzled with honey. The funny thing about street-side breakfasts in Bamako is that they never seem to be around during breakfast time: foods prepared fresh in the street (donuts, cakes, egg sandwiches) vanish by 8:30am, devoured by the masses who rose hours earlier for morning prayer. Luscious fruit stands abound on nearly every street corner, but they’re open only from early afternoon until 1:00am, 2:00am, or as late as the saleswomen can keep their eyes open. Meaning: if you’re searching for a quick breakfast around 9 or 10am…bon courage. Breakfast in Bamako waits for no one.
The closest thing we could find to breakfast on the road, discovered at a checkpoint-cum-rest stop of sorts between Bamako and Dialakoroba: hardboiled eggs, and skinny brown paper rolls of salt.
Beef pâté! A savory mix of ground beef, onions, garlic, and spices, folded into a flaky pastry pocket and fried. These are ubiquitous in Bamako, and an example of the legacy of high-quality baked goods (croissants, baguettes, etc.) instilled by French colonists.