11 Tempting Snacks at Balogun Market

Baked, fried or roasted snacks are always available for a bite.

By The Centenary Project

Balogun Market (2019)The Centenary Project

Shopping and chewing in the heart of the market!

Balogun Market is located in the heart of Lagos Island. It's not particularly known for food, but it's possible to find something to chew on while scouring the shops and stalls for what you are really looking for. Local sweets and snacks are some of the most enjoyed foods in Nigeria. The delicious snacks and sweets are made either baked, fried or roasted and are derived from fruits and plants. 

A basin of Kokoro (2019)The Centenary Project

1. Kokoro

Kokoro is made from cornmeal chaff (after the starch has been removed to be made into pap), cooked and rolled into pencil-thin, slightly curvy sticks. It is hard and crunchy. Sometimes, it is very long – almost 12 inches in length.

Fresh puff-puff (2019)The Centenary Project

2. Puff-puff

Puff-puff is a spongy, deep-fried, spherical snack that is very popular and often served as finger-food at parties and events. It is made from simple ingredients (flour, sugar and yeast) and is sold openly in markets.

Balogun Market (2019)The Centenary Project

3. Fresh coconuts

Nothing tastes better than fresh coconuts. Here, a woman is carrying a tray on her head with cut coconuts.

Sweets and snacks in Balogun Market (2019)The Centenary Project

4. Chin-chin

Chin-chin comes in different sizes, shapes and containers. Since they are pastries that can be deep fried or baked, their sizes and shapes can vary depending on the mood of the chef. In the market, they are frequently found in airtight jars.

These flakes are some of the most common types of chin-chin; they are prepared slightly differently from the regular ones. The dough is thinly cut and fried, but not for too long so as to maintain its crisp, light brown look. The crispiness makes it a lot easy to bite on and chew.

Sweets and snacks in Balogun Market (2019)The Centenary Project

When a buyer arrives, the chin-chin flakes can be measured out using a small tin cup and packaged and sealed in small, transparent cellophane bags. The number of bags sold depends on how much flakes the buyer wants.

Sweets and snacks in Balogun Market (2019)The Centenary Project

Small bags of chin-chin are also available pre-packaged. The difference is usually in the shape of the chin-chin.

Snacks in Balogun Market (2019)The Centenary Project

5. Shukshuk or Chukchuk

Shukshuk or Chukchuk is a local snack made from baked coconut and finished off with oil and butter. It gets its name from its hard, prickly nature as you bite it. In Nigeria, when something is prickly, it is called chuchuk or shukshuk.

Sweets and snacks in Balogun Market (2019)The Centenary Project

6. Bottled beauties and bonbons

Coconut candy, white chin-chin, coconut candy flakes, and candied peanuts are delicious snacks and candies made from coconut, groundnut, and flour. They are sweetened with sugar and fried.

Sweets and snacks in Balogun Market (2019)The Centenary Project

Their containers – old wine bottles – are filled to the brim and are put on display so that their new contents are clearly visible to everyone.

Dankuwa balls (2019)The Centenary Project

7. Dankuwa

Dankuwa is a local candy of Hausa origin. It is a combination of groundnuts and other nuts ground into a meal and pressed into little balls that melt on the tongue. It is held together with sugar, chili powder, oil and water just enough to bind the balls.

Snacks in Balogun Market (2019)The Centenary Project

8. Peanuts

Candied peanuts are groundnuts covered with a sugar-like syrup and fried dry without oil. It is usually pinkish-purple. The skin of the groundnut is not peeled off and that's what gives it its colour.

Coconut ballsThe Centenary Project

9. Coconut balls

Coconut balls are whitish and are made using coconut flakes, sugar, egg yolk and bread crumbs. They are baked lightly and sold in cellophane bags, with 30-50 pieces in each one.

Local cookies with raisins (2019)The Centenary Project

9. Local cookies with raisins

These are rough-edged, roundish cookies sometimes studded with raisins. They are made in the same way as Gurundi, apart from the raisin, and are usually softer.

Gurundi snack (2019)The Centenary Project

10. Gurundi

Gurundi is a crispy Nigerian coconut biscuit that is popular in the southwest region of Nigeria. It is made by combining finely grated coconuts, sugar and cassava starch. Gurundi has uneven shades of brown and rough edges.

Doughnuts and egg rolls (2019)The Centenary Project

11. Doughnuts and egg rolls

Doughnuts and egg rolls are popular street snacks. They are usually prepared fresh every morning and sold hot. An egg roll is essentially a fried sweet dough with a whole boiled egg sitting in the middle.

Credits: Story

Curator: Patrick Enaholo
Research: Emem Akpabio / Omotunde Omojola
Photography Supervisor: Omotunde Omojola
Photographer: Ibukun Akinjobi
Text: Emem Akpabio
Text editor: Munachim Amah

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