Because Taste of Ethopia sits in a small, unexciting strip mall on Grand Ave. in Pflugerville, you might pass it by without even noticing it. If you stop, though, you will experience a meal full of wonderfully exotic and unique flavors. Taste of Ethiopia is so much more than the food, though—it’s about breaking injera (bread) with friends. Ethiopian food is served family style in a mesob (woven basket) with a large hat-like cover. Diners break off pieces of the spongy injera to scoop up bite-sized portions of food. No utensils required.
Taste of Ethiopia – the Food
The food at Taste of Ethopia is like nothing I’ve ever tasted. I can’t wait to go back!
We ordered three different dishes to get a range of tastes—one beef dish, one chicken dish, and the vegetarian sampler. Washed down with iced tea flavored with cardamom and cloves, the meal is perfect.
- Kitfo – finely chopped beef seasoned with mitmita (a spicy powdered seasoning made from ground African bird’s eye red peppers, cardamom, cloves and salt).
- Doro Wot (the national dish of Ethiopia) – chicken with diced red onions, simmered for hours with Berbere (a seasoning made from red chili peppers, garlic and other spices) Served with a hard-boiled egg.
- Gomen - steamed chopped collard greens, flavored with garlic, jalapeno peppers and traditional spices.
- Fesolia - mixed vegetable stew of string beans, carrots, tomatoes and onions, seasoned with garlic, ginger and turmeric.
- Yemisisr Wot – zesty lentils cooked in berbere sauce with red onions and a blend of traditional spices.
- Tikil Gomen – cabbage, carrots, onions and tomatoes.
- Ater Kik – split peas simmered in a mild and flavorful herb sauce and turmeric.
- Ibe - cottage cheese made from buttermilk.
- Injera -a yeast-risen flatbread with a slightly spongy texture.
About Taste of Ethiopia
Taste of Ethopia is bright and colorful, and the staff is friendly and helpful.