Just look at that vibrant platter of colorful food! If you have never tried Ethiopian food before, I highly recommend that Queen Sheba go on the top of your list of must-try places. My son, William, and I love it, and whenever my Mom comes to town to visit from Florida, she asks to go to the Queen.
Queen Sheba is a not a vegan or vegetarian restaurant, but they get a lot of vegan and vegetarian customers and are very knowledgable about serving food that is free of animal products. We always order the Vegetarian Combo, which is vegan. We substitute Tofu Tibbs, which is a mild yellow tofu for the spicy lentils (Misr Kik Wot) that the combo comes because we don’t like hot spicy food. We always specify the mild yellow tofu because they make a spicy red tofu, too. Along with the tofu on the platter, the combo includes Kik Wot (Yellow split peas stewed with garlic, ginger, onions, and turmeric), Cabbage (Fresh cabbage sautéed in garlic, ginger, onions, tomato, and turmeric), Gomen (Spinach and collard greens sautéed in garlic, ginger, onion, tomatoes and herbs), Potato and Carrots (Potatoes and carrots sautéed with garlic, ginger, onion, and turmeric) and a Green Salad with a vinaigrette.
Ethiopian food is served family style on one large platter along with a soft, spongy sourdough flatbread, called Injera, which is made from teff, the staple grain in Ethiopia. Teff is a tiny grain that is the staple grain of Ethiopia. The injera at Queen Sheba is made with a combination of teff and barley. To eat the food, you rip off a piece of bread and use it to grab a blob of food. As you can see, William loves Ethiopian cuisine and is having a great time eating with his hands! We couldn’t decide which food was our favorite part of the meal! Gomen? Kik wot? I guess we love all of it!
Have you tried Ethiopian food? Do you love it as much as we do? If you don’t live in Sacramento, you may have an Ethiopian restaurant in your town. Why not check it out? If you do, please leave a comment and let me know. I’d love your recommendations for other great Ethiopian restaurants.
If you don’t have an Ethiopian restaurant near you, you may want to check out the book, Teff Love by Kittee Burns so you can make some healthy, vegan Ethiopian food at home.