At Africa at Spitalfields 2017 we unveiled our new street food menu, Eko Burritos (burritos -Naija style). For our chop-chat-chillers, it was a chance to have the great tastes of Nigeria on-the-go. But there was more to our burritos than providing a filling lunch. For us over at Chuku’s HQ, the carefully chosen names of our new offering was an opportunity to continue our homage to Nigeria. Away from the busyness of the market stall, we’ve decided to share with you the meaning behind our Eko Burritos.
Before being given its Portuguese name Lagos, Nigeria's former capital city was previously called Eko. Now, whilst there is more to Nigeria than Lagos, the region has a special place in our co-founders' hearts, as it was their first introduction to the country and from where they started to explore their heritage. With the notion of origins in mind, Lagos’ original name seemed the perfect fit for our Nigerian burritos and Eko Burritos were born.
Our Nigerian-inspired burritos are offered with a choice of three fillings and each is served on a bed of our signature Jollof Quinoa and Oloyin Pottage (sweet honey beans). And each burrito has been named after a place in Nigeria according to its filling.
The Alade – honey suya chicken
The Lekki – sweet plantain
The Sagamu – pulled beef in a green pepper ayamase sauce
Suya is arguably Nigeria’s most popular street food. The grilled meat seasoned in the suya spice from Northern Nigeria is loved across the country. The University of Suya in Lagos is said to be one of the best places in Lagos to get your suya fix and for years the establishment sat opposite Alade market. Sadly the market no longer exists and so our suya-filled burrito pays tribute to the University of Suya’s old neighbour.
Home to the renowned Nike Art Gallery, newly-established Lekki is a buzzing part of Lagos which is only getting more popular with time. Seen by many as the face of New Lagos, Lekki is on-trend. Now, we can’t imagine a time when plantain would ever go out of fashion and right now meat-free is a growing trend in food. So is there a better name for our veggie option than the fashionable Lekki?
Unlike Alade and Lekki, Sagamu is situated outside of Lagos in Ogun state. Halfway between Lagos and Ibadan, this vibrant, noisy city is the hometown of the parents of Chuku’s fave, heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. And the flavours of the ayamase sauce in this burrito certainly pack a punch!
Missed out on our Eko Burritos at Africa at Spitalfields? Join us at Africa Utopia at the Southbank Centre from 13th-16th July for more of our street food menu.