The Nyamachoma Craze

The Kenyan diet is comprised of foods rich in ethnic diversity. Popular staple foods include ugali, rice, bread, chapatti (a type of Indian bread), beef, chicken, goat, tilapia and an assortment of fresh vegetables and fruits.

Visit Kenya and get a chance to take a bite of this age-old Kenyan delicacy. Nyamachoma or nyamchom, as the locals like to call it, is typically prepared in times of celebration and merry. The most fascinating thing about nyamachoma is not the irresistible taste but the bond that it creates between friends.Roast meat is commonly roasted over a hot open fire made from burning charcoal or firewood in the rural areas.The succulent roast meat is then cut into chunks and served in trays of one mode or the other.

Some people use bare hands and eat from the same source as opposed to individual platters creating a special bond among the group.

Nyama (meat in Kiswahili) is a staple food in pastoral communities like the Maasai.There are many dates, social and business meetings revolving around this delicacy in Kenya.These take place in eating places and clubs, over alcoholic drinks and sometimes music played by live bands.These foods are accompanied with the popular Ugali, Kienyeji (Mukimo), and French Fries (potato chips) with salads.

This craze sees thousands of Kenyans trooping to the clubs, restaurants and family get-together events over the weekends and public holidays.

They consume thousands of goats, sheep, chicken and cows in the form of roast meat. They drink thousands of litres of alcohol and soft beverages.

There are also restaurants that specialize in nyama offerings, albeit in a smaller way.

These are strategically placed near major bus and matatu terminus.They cater for busy individuals and people in transit from one town to the other and don’t serve alcohol as the big restaurants and clubs.

On The Upmarket

On the upmarket is the Carnivore, a meat specialty restaurant of the Tamarind group in Nairobi. The Carnivore roasts whole joints of meat-legs, spare ribs, of lamb and pork, beef, ostrich, chicken, and crocodile. All this and more are roasted on traditional Maasai swords over a huge, spectacular charcoal pit.