What is Small Chop?

One of the things that make life in Nigeria more interesting is the variety of food offered at an event. The term for food in Pidgin English (commonly used in Nigeria) is “Chop.” This simply refers to a meal at an informal budget restaurant.  These establishments are also referred to as “Chop Houses.” If a smaller snack or appetizer (not a meal) is served, it is called “Small Chop!”

Some countries refer to this type of food as an appetizer, hors d’oeuvre, or tapas.  But here in Nigeria, if it’s Sips, Snacks, Soups, Salads, Savories or Small Sweets …then you are having small chop.

Small Chop is also the name of our new, 100-page cookbook. Inside you’ll find delicious recipes from the expatriate community in Lagos. Bound with three rings, these pocket-sized cookbooks make great gifts! Because of a kind private donation underwriting the printing costs of these cookbooks, 100% of the proceeds will support Nigerian children’s education through IBSF projects.


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