Booyah! Fun to Say, Good to Eat


It isn’t just a fun word to say. Booyah is also a food. According to the Oxford University Press blog, this thick stew of boned chicken meat and vegetables is often served with saltines. The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink lists it as a dish of Belgian descent that also happens to be the main event at the annual Belgian American kermis harvest festival in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where it’s made in giant pots and stirred with a canoe paddle. Interestingly, Belgians aren’t the only ones who lay claim to booyah. Poles and French Canadians also have dishes that bear versions of the name. Nice bit of history, but just how it went from hearty stew to urban exclamation is still a mystery.