Nairobi is an interesting, dynamic city filled with great people and wonderful sites. What makes it even more amazing is the rich Nairobi street food culture. There’s no need to go hungry or break the bank when looking for food in Nairobi. Even though movement is currently limited, you’re likely to find one of these 5 affordable street food options around every corner.
This Nairobi street food is universally loved. It is the Kenyan version of blood sausages and is made of minced meat or raw blood that is stuffed inside the lining of a cow’s intestines. The ends are then tied together and roasted over an open flame. It is then cut up and served with kachumbari. Don’t be surprised to find people waiting at the local mutura guy for their order to get ready! The good news is that you can also get your mutura delivered straight to your home.
You may know of smokies only, but you really haven’t lived until you try out a smokie pasua from a local Nairobi vendor. After boiling, the smokie is split in the middle and topped with kachumbari and salt. Most smokie vendors also have tomato and chilli sauce which you can also add for the ultimate experience. In addition, you also have the option of creating a not-so-fancy hotdog with your smokie pasua.
Again, you will usually find this Nairobi street food being sold together with smokie pasua. The eggs are boiled first and then served plain with salt, or with some kachumbari added. Vendors who are used to it are usually very fast at removing the shell, and you’ll get your snack in minutes!
You’ll mostly find this Nairobi street food near bus stops. Many people love to chew on some boiled maize at the end of a long day. It is a very basic snack that will fill you up until your next meal. You can choose soft or hard boiled maize, and it will be sprinkled with salt and pepper.
You’ve probably seen a smoking grill or two on the Nairobi streets. This is where mshikaki, which is skewered meat and vegetable pieces, are made. The Nairobi street food is roasted over hot coals, providing a tantalizing aroma to everyone passing by. You probably won’t be satisfied with just one!
This street food snack is a favourite for many people in Nairobi. On its own, it is a filling meal when you’re on the go, or you can enjoy it as a chapo smokie combination. Many vendors are well experienced in creating them and can make hundreds of chapos in a day.
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