Pass the Shito Please

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"Pass the Shito, please."

That's what my luncheon companion said. I was having a business lunch with Kofi, a potential Ghanaian client, in a local restaurant in the city of Accra in Ghana, West Africa.

Kofi: “Would you pass the Shito, please?”

me: “Excuse me?”

Kofi: “The Shito . . . would you pass it to me, please?”

me: “The what?”

Kofi: (becoming exasperated) “The Shito!”

me: “That’s what I thought you said. What the heck is Shito?”

Ghana, West Africa

That was part of a conversation I had some years ago when I visited Ghana on a business trip. Are you wondering what Shito is?

You know I’m going to explain since Shito falls into the category of my series on Strange Foods … like Cow Brain Sandwiches or Live Drunken Shrimp.

Or more precisely, Foods with Strange Names.

The word, ‘shito,’ or ‘shitor din’ as it is sometimes called in the native language of ‘Ga’ in Accra, the capital of Ghana, is the name of a popular, hot, spicy chili pepper sauce.

To remind you, Ghana is a country in West Africa that is located on the Gulf of Guinea, west of Togo, east of the Ivory Coast, and south of Burkina Faso.

The popular, widely used shito sauce is made primarily from hot black peppers, dried fish or prawns (large shrimp), tomatoes, garlic, and fish oil or vegetable oil.

Shito is as ubiquitous as ketchup or Tabasco in the United States. This hot, spicy chile condiment is served with everything and anything in Ghana, and often used as an ingredient in Ghanaian recipes.

Shito is also the preferred condiment in Ghana’s Chinese restaurants, and is proudly served with fried rice or ‘kenkey’ – a type of cornmeal dumpling.

Many customers eat shito with spring rolls or steamed rice.

Bon appetit!

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Directions:

Combine all ingredients in large pot.

Cook over high heat, stirring continuously, until ingredients are well mixed.

Cover and allow to cool to room temperature.

Transfer to clean, glass bottles with airtight tops.

Store in refrigerator. Can be stored several months.

Serve with everything … and anything.

Since Shito is hot and spicy, you might need something cool to quench your thirst.

Order an ice cold Pee Cola. I kid you not. Ignore the familiar but somewhat repellent name.

Pee Cola, bottled in Accra, is a very refreshing cola drink. The name means ‘very good cola.’

Would you like to make your own Shito?

Here are the ingredients you need for this spicy sauce:

one cup dried shrimp or prawns (ground or pounded)

one to two cups dried hot chile peppers – black, red or green (or use red pepper flakes)

one finely chopped onion

two tablespoons tomato paste (if desired)

four cups vegetable oil

one teaspoon salt

. . . Or do it the easy way and order Shito Spicy Sauce from Amazon.

Ghana Fun Facts

Population of Ghana: 27 million (2014).

Originally known as the Gold Coast, Ghana gained its independence from Great Britain and was renamed in 1957. The name, ‘Ghana,’ means warrior king.

Chief exports are gold, cocoa, oil, bauxite, aluminum, manganese ore, diamonds, and tuna.

Oil was discovered off the coast in 2007 producing about $1.6 billion in revenue annually.

After the Ivory Coast, Ghana produces the second most cocoa beans as well as those of the highest quality.

Ghana has the second-largest gold deposits in Africa, after South Africa.

Lake Volta is the world’s largest man-made lake. It is 250 miles long and covers 3,283 square miles, or 3.6% of Ghana’s area.

Tantalizing unique foods are ‘fufu,’ a delicacy made from pounded cassava or yams, and ‘Red-Red,’ plantains served with fish.

The former Secretary-General of the U.N. was Kofi Annan, a Ghanaian diplomat.

The official language of Ghana is English.

In Ghana, women are now starting businesses in greater numbers than men.

Here is an authentic Ghanaian proverb that U.S. citizens would do well to remember when the 2016 presidential election rolls around:

‘An army of sheep led by a lion can defeat an army of lions led by a sheep.’

And a proverb of mine: ‘Life is so short. Smile while you still have teeth.’ – drbj

© Copyright BJ Rakow, Ph.D. 2015. All rights reserved. Author, "Much of What You Know about Job Search Just Ain't So."

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Chantelle Porter 16 months ago from Chicago

As usual, a very interesting article. Pee Cola really cracked me up.


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia

Great hub drbj, pass the shito and pee cola please. Actually shito sauce sounds like it would appeal to me. I like the ingredients. Love the quotes at the end too.


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billybuc 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

I always laugh when you write. That's a gift of yours that I wish more writers had. Great hub....I love the word shito now that you introduced me to it. Thanks for the fun


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breakfastpop 16 months ago

I'll stick with Siracha!


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Ericdierker 16 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Wonderfully entertaining and informative. I checked Amazon. I think I might just make this part of my Christmas gifts to close family.


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drbj 16 months ago from south Florida Author

Cracked you up, Chantelle? Then my mission is achieved. Thanks for stopping by. If it is humid and hot in Chicago today, take a Pee . . . cola. (The debbil made me do it.)


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drbj 16 months ago from south Florida Author

It would be my pleasure, Jodah, to serve you Shito accompanied by Pee cola. You are obviously a raconteur who enjoys the finer things in life. Shito appeals to me, too, and I did give it a try. Tangy, spicy and different.

Thanks for loving the quotes, too.


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drbj 16 months ago from south Florida Author

How I love to know that you laugh at my writing, Bill. Knew you would enjoy Shito and the 'fun.' Say Hello to Bev and the kids (goat babies).


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drbj 16 months ago from south Florida Author

So you are a sriracha fan, bp? I tried it once in Bangkok - spicy and tangy but I enjoy eating Shito. (Laughing)


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drbj 16 months ago from south Florida Author

Now that's an idea, Eric. Shito for an exceptional Christmas gift. Just don't include "Eat Shito" on the gift card.

Thanks for finding this entertaining and informative - one of my major goals.


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fpherj48 16 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Doc.......speaking of "taking one's meds....." I'm not even going to ask you.

Somebody....anyone! Please tell me that Doc has finally gone off the deep end and he made this entire story up in that strange mind of his!!

Or is Doc a "she?" Funny, all this time I've known Doc, I don't know if he's a Bruce or a Caitlin?? Shame on me. Oh Shito! Shito & Pee Cola!!....yeah, right. OK.


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Larry Rankin 16 months ago from Oklahoma

I had heard of Shito before, but I've never had such a good explanation of it.

Love learning about stuff like this. Great hub!


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drbj 16 months ago from south Florida Author

Answer to first query, Paula. Of course I do not take meds. Could I write insane stuff like this if I did?

Second query: Every word in this hub is absolutely true with one exception. I changed the name of my luncheon companion to protect the 'guilty.'

Third query: Am I a he or a she? As Hilary once famously said: "What does it matter now?" For the answer, see photos at the end of my hub: "Comments and Traffic."

And thanks for being interested enough to ask these questions. :)


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drbj 16 months ago from south Florida Author

So happy you enjoyed my explanation of Shito, Larry. I, too, love exploring and learning and trying new things and stuff like this. Thanks for the kind words.


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always exploring 16 months ago from Southern Illinois

I'm still grinning from ear to ear..Where have you NOT been? I dearly love your wit and the way you incorporate it into your hubs is so cool. I definitely will not make shito. Whoo Hoo...


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shanmarie 16 months ago from Texas

I'd say you're full of shot, but clearly you are not. (Especially if you are eating hot sauce. ;) )


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drbj 16 months ago from south Florida Author

I can visualize you grinning from ear to ear, Ruby, and it makes me feel good all over. Thanks for appreciating my (?) wit and 'coolness.' I have been fortunate to travel extensively in my work and still remember much of those meanderings. Whoo Hoo to you, too, m'dear and you do not have to eat Shito if you don't want to. ;)


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drbj 16 months ago from south Florida Author

Hi, shanmarie. Love your first sentence which rhymes perfectly. And your conclusion is most apt. Eat enough Shito and regularity is a given.


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AliciaC 16 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

Based on its ingredients, I think I would like shito. I enjoy eating hot foods. Thanks for sharing the information, drbj.


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drbj 16 months ago from south Florida Author

If you like hot foods, Alicia, then Shito is your cup of tea ... I mean, hot sauce of choice. Do give it a try. And you are most welcome, m'dear, for the information.


Shanmarie 16 months ago

Autocorrect! It does not like cussing. But, hey, you love it anyway. Hehe


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drbj 16 months ago from south Florida Author

Of course, I love it and you anyway.


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Say Yes To Life 16 months ago from Big Island of Hawaii

In Hawaii, Shito would be served as pu pus...


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drbj 16 months ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Say Yes. Thanks for the clarification. Would 'pu pus' be pronounced as 'poo poohs'? Just wondering'.


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Say Yes To Life 16 months ago from Big Island of Hawaii

Yes it is. It is Hawaiian for hors d'oeuvres.


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drbj 16 months ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, m'dear, you have added immeasurably to my almost nonexistent knowledge of Hawaiian. Oh, wait, I do remember 'Mahalo.' Mahalo very much.


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maggs224 16 months ago from Sunny Spain

What a delightful way for me to start off my reading today, it brought a smile to my face and set my mind off on flights of fancy. I have voted up and hit some buttons too :D


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drbj 16 months ago from south Florida Author

So happy I could make you smile today and thank you, maggs, for the kind comments, the Up, and the button-pushing. And the big smiley, too.


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Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

Thank you for the education here, dear drbj! You always bring the laughs no matter what ...and a blessing for all who read.

After having learned from your experience, I believe I would love Shito and Pee Cola LOL

I believe you are the funniest writer here on HP ...hmm : )


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Frank Atanacio 16 months ago from Shelton

what a delightful read.. i dont know if I'd put hot spicey shitto in my sandwich..LOL


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fpherj48 16 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Awwwww C'mon Doc......cut the shito! You stay up nights thinking of things to write to astound & amaze us......and make us laugh, which I thank you for!


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drbj 16 months ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Theresa - delighted to see you here and happy to bring you some laughter. And I agree: Shito and Pee are great together!

As to your musing about the funniest writer on HP, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I did win two awards in 2013: Funniest Hubber and Funniest Hub (about jobs I lost). During 2014 I was absent from HP most of the time with other projects.

Would love to be in the running for that title in 2015 ... thanks for mentioning it, m'dear.


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drbj 16 months ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Frank. Happy you found this delightful to read. If you want to try spicy Shitto in your sandwich, caution: just try a few drops first. Just in case ...


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drbj 16 months ago from south Florida Author

'Sfunny, Paula, you mention my staying up late to think of funny subjects to astound and amaze my lovable Hubbuddies. That is exactly what happens. It takes me a while to fall asleep and my mind is all over the place. So I keep a pad of paper and pen by my bed to write down all these great ideas.

In the morning, voila! I have a pad of paper with amazingly funny scribbles all over it that I cannot decipher. :(


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fpherj48 16 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

LMAO!!! Scratch the pad & pen......Try a tape recorder!


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drbj 16 months ago from south Florida Author

Great suggestion, Paula. I'll borrow a tape recorder and let you know how that works.


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AudreyHowitt 15 months ago from California

Pass the what? Shito has never passed these lips--we'll see if I can say that in 2 weeks


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drbj 15 months ago from south Florida Author

You can do it! Like that character in the Adam Sandler films is always announcing. If you taste the Shito, let me know your reaction.


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Thelma Alberts 15 months ago from Germany

LOL! I just thought of ordering in a restaurant here for a bottle of Pee Cola. That would be fun. I think I will like the Shito. The ingredients sounds the same like the Asian shrimp sauce. Thanks for making me laugh.


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drbj 15 months ago from south Florida Author

I dunno, Thelma. Pee Cola is available in Ghana - not too sure about its availability in Germany, m'dear. But go ahead, take the plunge and order it anyway. The Shito is good but just take a taste of it first to make sure it is not too spicy for your taste.


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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida

Laughing laughing asking for those items would liven up the lunch conversation....

You should be crowned the queen of all obscure and hilarious fun, drbj.

Love to come here to read....

Angels are once again winging their way to you ps


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drbj 15 months ago from south Florida Author

You would be the star of the lunch conversation if you ordered one or both of these exotic items, Patricia. Go on, go for it! I love that title you bestowed: "queen of all obscure and hilarious fun." Thanks, I think I'll keep it. And thanks for loving to come here to read. My pleasure, m'dear.

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