Liberian food


Liberian food ranges from fiery stews to honey covered peanut cookies. Meals are usually served with a mountain of rice topped with a spicy sauce made from red palm oil, leaves, meat and fish. A dozen different types of breads are also made while bushmeat is prized, even if the meat in question is illegal.



• Torborgee (a spicy stew made from the Torborgee bean, palm oil and meat or fish)

• Beef and cassava leaf soup 

• Goat meat soup 

• Kanyah (ground peanuts mixed with toasted rice flour and sugar)

• Liberian rice bread

• Monrovian coconut pie (coconut and egg pie in a pastry case)

• Palm butter soup (crab claws, chicken and prawns cooked with palm butter and chilli)

Things to know: 

A host is responsible for guests at their party and must provide all drinks, food and entertainment, even when the party is based in a bar. When a guest, be aware that the host feels in charge and be sure to inform them when leaving.


10% at hotels, restaurants and bars is expected.

Regional drinks: 

• Ginger and pineapple juice

• Club (local lager)

• Lemongrass tea

• Palm wine (a strong sugar cane juice can be taken neat or mixed with ginger beer)