By Alex Galimberti
Ever since the very first YUM: A Taste of Immigrant City, attendees have been able to enjoy the unique flavors of the Ethiopian food served by Fasika. During the years that Fasika has been in East Somerville people have grown to love the unique food and dining style that Ethiopian immigrants like restaurant proprietor Mr. Befekadu Befar have brought to share with our community. And the busy people of Somerville and surrounding communities have not only learned to share meals with our hands but we also embraced Fasika and the contribution of Mr. Befar to our city.
On a recent visit to Fasika I was able to ask Mr. Befar about one of my favorite components of any Ethiopian meal; the delicious injera bread that is used to scoop up food with and adds a nice tangy taste to each bite. He explained that the injera prepared at Fasika follows traditional fermentation methods: the batter is made with a mixture of mostly teff flour that is naturally fermented in a way similar to sourdough bread. The batter at Fasika is made with the addition of barley and wheat flours for optimal textures. Each batch of injera ferments for 2-3 days based on the current temperature and humidity levels. A batch of injera made with 100% teff flour is suitable for guests with gluten allergies and can be prepared by special request, with advance notice.
In addition to explaining to me the method of preparation for Fasika’s famous injera, Mr. Befar also shared that the East Somerville restaurant which is located at 145 Broadway has recently undergone renovations to the kitchen and restrooms so that they can better accommodate the growing volume of sales. Also, customers who would like to try Ethiopian food for breakfast or lunch can do so at the restaurant’s second location Fasika Café, located at 51 Roxbury St. in Boston. I recently tried their breakfast and highly recommend it. See photos below.
We hope that you will attend the tenth annual installment of YUM: A Taste of Immigrant City on April 11 and try some of the food served by Fasika and the eight other restaurants participating this year.
Breakfast at Fasika Cafe in Roxbury