Low Country favorites like red rice, fried chicken, and cornbread will warmly welcome you to a table at this Southern church.
I'm Morgan Murphy. I've traveled 10,000 miles this summer to find the very best food in the south. Come along with me as I show you the south's best restaurants, Off the Eatin' Path [MUSIC]. I'm Morgan Murphy, you're watching Off the Eatin' Path. We're about to eat somewhere very unusual, here at the United House of Prayer in Savannah, Georgia. They had something called the [UNKNOWN] kitchen, and they make the best red rice in Georgia. So we're gonna find out both how they make it, and get the taste of it. It is delicious. [MUSIC] So, how long has the church been here? The church has been here almost 13 years, not quite. In the new spot, but it's a much older church than that. Much older church organization began in 1919. We was in another location, which is across the street. So it became so popular here in Savannah, that you just kept going with it. Kept going with it. And it helps that the food is delicious. So here at the United House of Prayer, you can get food for your soul, and you can get some soul food. Let's go have some, some of that soul food, what do you say Irie? I say let's go. Alright. [MUSIC] So, we are here in the holy sanctuary in the Masonic Kitchen. I am with the Masonic Kitchen's head chef. This is Mr. Stacey Curdwell. Stacy, how long have you worked here in Masonic Kitchen. 12 years and so what are we gonna make today? Red rice. And red rice is a Savannah tradition like no other am I right? Yeah. So you're gonna give us our secrets to how to make it? Yeah. Okay. [MUSIC] >.Just stir the rice around. Here in the middle of making red rice. Savannah's favorite tradition. I wish you could smell this. This smells so fantastic. [MUSIC]. This is Jamal Teree and he's gonna tell us a little bit about red rice, and the history of red rice here in Savannah. Red rice is called yellow rice and yellow rice in West Africa. That's why you have from Senegal all the way down to the Cameroon, they have this dish that they make out of tomato paste and rice. Now I had someone from Nigeria in May ask me a question, he said how do you all fix your Jollof rice. We fix our Jollof rice with tomato paste and rice. I said we fix our red rice with tomato paste and rice. [LAUGH] Tomato paste and rice, so let's go get some of that tomato paste and rice. Well cheers. Good ole sweet tea. Oh, I can't wait to try this red rice. That is delicious really fantastic. Everyone who has come even from Africa. They have had the red rice here it reminds them of home. Yeah, definitely let it be known, yeah. This is a Savannah tradition at its best. Yeah, most definitely. Wow. That was delicious and I couldn't even eat it all. If you want food for your soul and food for your stomach come on down here to United House of Prayer for all peoples. The Masada Kitchen is fantastic. I'm Morgan Murphy and you've been watching Off the Eatin' path. [MUSIC].