Gojjo is my go to neighbor bar for my West Philadelphia friends and me. They have about seven beers on draught and bottles, including Daura, a gluten free beer. I hang out there about every two weeks, relaxing with friends, having a beer or two and eventually ordering one of the several Ethiopian dishes on the menu, like the kitfo, doro wot or zilzil tibs. If I’m not at the bar, I order take out from them about once a month.
However this week I was finally tempted by the Ethiopian Cheese Steak. The tag line is “an ethnic twist to a Philly cheesesteak.”
It was simply a fun pleasure. The cheesesteak had all of the creature comforts of the dish: the local Amoroso roll – a Philadelphia treasure – and gooey, melted American cheese. (I’m not a whiz guy.) However, there is a pleasant twist, the addition of mitmita. That’s the exotic spice mixture of hot chili peppers, cloves, cinnamon and cumin that makes my favorite, kitfo, so good. It brings the fire to the sandwich with a spicy sweetness that is in harmony with the fried minute steak and the creamy cheese. Since I’m the guy that likes adding hot peppers to my cheesesteak, this is a welcome addition to the dish.
I have tried many of the dishes on the menu there. Another favorite is nyama choma served with ugali. This is a Kenyan dish with a Swahili name meaning roast meat. It’s strips of beef, grilled to tender and charred perfection served with a thick cornmeal porridge that you break off pieces in order pick up the nyama choma to eat.
Living close to Gojjo has helped me make Ethiopian food more of a staple of my diet.
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