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Food and drinks Madagascar

In Madagascar, you can eat well. Many places have an extensive menu and the better places serve Western, Chinese and local dishes. Western meals are often of French footing. The menus are usually in French so a dictionary may come in handy. For vegetarians: "Tsy Misy hena" means "without meat".
For breakfast delicious fresh baguettes (mofo) are often served with La Vache Qui Rit-cheese, jam, fresh juice and tea or coffee. You can also buy your own breakfast everywhere on the streets where you find baguettes and cheese which is considerably cheaper. Vary (rice) is an important part of almost every meal and is often served with zebu meat (hen'omby) or fish (hen'andrano) and sometimes duck or chicken. The national food is romazava, stewed vegetables and meat which is served with bredes, tasty cooked vegetables. Another common dish is ravitoto, shredded cassava leaves with fried pork. Real Malagassy meals can be found in a hotely, small semi-restaurants. The menu is usually displayed on a large chalkboard that ends with the words "mazotoa homana" (bon appetit).

Henan-omby (or Hen'omby) = beef
Henan-Borona (or Hen'akoho) = chicken
Henan-kisoa = pork
Henan-Drano (or Hazan-Drano) = fish

In hotely's you can visit for snacks such as tsaramasy (rice with beans and pork), vary sosoa (rice pudding), mofo boule (sweet rolls), koba (rice and banana served in a leaf and sliced). Furthermore, you can also always get yogurt (yaourt). On the street samosas are often offered, with meat and/or vegetables, stuffed into a dough pastry jacket. Western meals you can find in the big cities. Further along the coast you can always find delicious fish and seafood dishes and you can also get fries almost everywhere. Chinese restaurants exist in most larger cities and the food is tasty and reasonably priced. Soupe Chinoise is widely available. Tropical fruits that you can find in Madagascar are coconut, voasary (oranges), akondro (bananas), pineapples, lychees, mangoes and tapia (small red berries). In the cooler highlands apples, pears, peaches and apricots are grown.

Tap water is not drinkable. You rely on bottled water. The most famous brand is Eau Vive but there are other cheaper brands like Olympiko and La Source. Mineral water is relatively expensive. When purchasing make sure there's a good seal on the bottle. Ice cubes will only be safe at good restaurants but leave them if in doubt.

At temperatures of 35 º C or more the fluid requirement increases. With effort, the intake needs to increase to more than five liters per day. Part of it is in the eating, the rest should be drunk. Lost salts need to be replaced. Make it a habit to take soup as a starter. Coca Cola, Sprite and Fanta are available everywhere. In supermarkets they sell cartons of orange juice and other fruit juices such as Tiko fruit juice. Furthermore, in restaurants juices are available (depends on the season as to which) like orange juice, mango juice and pineapple juice, but mango (juice) and pineapple (juice) are sometimes poorly tolerated and it is better to consume a small quantity. You can also leave open a coconut and drink the juice. Coffee is not of high quality. The milk in the coffee will be mostly condensed milk. Local tea is very weak. Lemon Tea is available everywhere.

Three Horses Beer is the most popular beer in Madagascar. Other brands are Queens and Gold. It's strange that the beers are named in English when everything else is named in French! Madagascar has its own wine region near Fianarantsoa. L'Azani Betsileo is recommended. Rum (toaka gasy) is cheap and available everywhere and the best cocktail punch is au coco.
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