We stopped in a shop for Tera Sega, raw cow meat served with chili powder, an Ethiopian specialty. From the outside, one can easily mistake the shop for a butcher shop as much like a butcher shop, there is a raw hunk of meat hanging out front and men in bloody aprons. The raw meat and the butcher come chef is a statement on the freshness of the meat and to make sure that you get the cut you desire.
In a narrow room with long wooden benches, packed dirt floor, we dipped hunks of raw cow meat in chili powder, burned our mouths and eased the fire with local honey wine. Tera Sega isn’t much to speak of on its own. It’s just raw meat and not a height of culinary achievement. It is the scene, the locals, you being the only foreigner in the room that makes the raw meat special.