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from: Western Africa | cooking method: steaming


Moyin-Moyin (also called Moin-Moin, Moi-Moi, Moimoi), a sort of savory bean pudding, is a unique and delicious way to prepare black-eyed peas or other beans. The traditional way to cook Moyin-Moyin is to wrap it in leaves (such as banana leaves) and steam it. In modern Africa it is often cooked in empty tin cans, but it can also be made in muffin pans (muffin tins). There are many variations of Moyin-Moyin. Skip all the optional ingredients to make a simple version; include one or more of the optional ingredients to make fancy Moyin-Moyin. Also see the Akara recipe.

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Is Moyin-Moyin a reduplication? See the Coupé-Coupé recipe.

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Wole Soyinka

Beere had a passion for moin-moin

Wole Soyinka's Aké: The Years of Childhood (New York: Vintage International, Random House, 1981) is a autobiographical novel set in Nigeria. Moin-Moin, steamed in leaves, are thus described:

Beere had a passion for moin-moin and she was so fond of moin-moin made by Wild Christian that she often sent one of her elder children, Koye or Dolupo all the way from Igbein to Aké for Wild Christian's moin-moin. When she came in person and joined our parents at table, a shriek of outrage was wrung from her if an over-zealous maid had unwrapped the steamed delicacy from the leaves. For her, the sublime parts of moin-moin were those wafer-thin truants which leaked into the folds of leaves and were now steamed into light, independent slivers, to be peeled leisurely from their veined beds and sucked smoothly through the lips in-between, or, as a finale to the chunky mouthfuls of the full-bodied moin-moin. The hapless maid produced moin-moin paraded in all its steamy, but naked glory and Beere would confidently insist that the leaves be retrieved. There was no danger; she knew very well that they had not been thrown into the dust-bin. We watched her glide meticulously through every leaf, prise through the stuck-together leaves with a skin-surgeon's care, casually picking up the oiled wafers along the way and licking her lips in ostentatious enjoyment.

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