Kenyan cuisine is concentrated around hearty stews, root vegetable and corn dishes, game meat including warthog – which may be a difficult dish to digest if you have seen The Lion King, fresh seafood along the coast, and much more. Get ready for the taste bud adventure of a lifetime on your tours in Kenya – we’ll take the opportunity now to lay down the challenge of trying bull’s testicles. Allow us to advise some homemade Pombe (bush beer) to help the testicles go down.

 

National Dish:

Ugali (cornmeal porridge/dough)

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Staples:

Stews: Goat, Lamb, Chicken, Beef, Vegetable, Sukuma Wiki (green kale)

Maize, Millet and Sorghum

Tubers: Ngwaci (sweet potatoes), ndũma (taro root), ikwa (yams), and mianga (cassava), beans

Githeri maize and beans

Irio green peas and mashed potatoes

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Meat/Seafood:

Nyama Choma (roasted meat on wooden board)

Game Meat: Giraffe, zebra, impala, warthog crocodile, ostrich, bulls testicles (!)

Kenchic chicken

Mutura goats blood sausages

Coastal fresh seafood: crab, lobster, oysters and kingfish

 

Condiments:

Kachumbari tomato and onion relish

 

Snacks:

Samosas (feta and coriander), Chapattis

Mishkaki kebabs

Corncobs

Mandaazi deep-fried dough cakes

Egg-bread

Cassava chips, roasted termites

Bajias

 

Fruit:

Coconuts, avocadoes, mangoes, cape gooseberries, custard apples, passionfruit

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Beverages:

Chai tea

Exported Kenya coffee (not much locally!)

Stoney Tangawizi ginger beer

Tiger Milk

 

Beer:

Tusker Lager, Tusker Malt, White Cap

Homemade Pombe (bush beer)

 

Spirits:

Kenya Cane white rum

Kenya Gold (coffee-flavoured liqueur)

Dawa “medicine” cocktail (vodka, white rum, honey and lime juice)


Courtney Gahan is a serial expat, traveller and freelance writer who has bartered with Moroccan marketeers, seen the sun rise at Angkor Wat and elbowed her way through crowds on NYE in NYC

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