It is said that everyone has their poison. Poison in this sense can be attributed to something that makes you weak but not in the knees. We all have that one delicacy, snack or whatever you would like to call it that will usually rob us of our last Ksh. 10 or Ksh. 20 Bob coin most especially in the evening. I will list some of them down here
1. Roast Aflatoxin
This is roast maize popularly known as ‘ mahindi choma’
Its pricing is usually based on the size. You can just point at the specific corn and the seller will tell you its price. Alternatively, you can just tell the seller to ‘cut’ one worth Ksh. 10 or any other amount. Most sellers have set Ksh. 10 as the minimum unit that you can buy.
Mahindi choma sellers mainly operate from 5.45p.m. but there are those who start their operations early in the morning.Most maize sellers will have on a faded cap and will 85% of the time be smoking. To add flavour to the roast maize, there is powdered chilli which you apply upon squeezing of a lemon.
2. Smokie Pasua
These are usually sold throughout the day but the prime business time is in the evening from around 5p.m. This is a smokie that is split in half longitudinally then kachumbari is added. Kachumbari is a mixture of sliced tomatoes, onions and coriander which is popularly known as ‘dania’.
In most cases, there are two sets of kachumbari. The ordinary one comprising of the ingredients named above and the special one for legends which will usually have ‘teargas’. Teargas is this context simply means chilli in its raw and natural form. Also available is some ‘baptized’ tomato sauce and chilli sauce since it contains a higher percentage of water than the actual sauce which will be added upon request.
The seller will usually have a white faded white coat. It is sold alongside boiled eggs and samosa in a white three- wheeled trolley with the inscriptions ‘Smoking Hot’ or ‘One is never enough’. A smokie pasua costs Ksh. 25
Word has it that even if you have all these ingredients at home, the taste of your smokies will not match that of street smokies.
3. Mayai Boilo
These are boiled eggs. The shell is broken and peeled off professionally with a spoon. The egg is then cut into two and kachumbari added. Salt is then sprinkled. Baptized sauce may be added. Their sale environment is same as that of smokies. It goes for Ksh. 20
Boiled eggs are very common with drunkards and more often than not, they will be sold outside pubs and clubs.
4. African Sausage
Am not sure if this one has an English name. You can educate me in the comments section. It is popularly known as ‘mutura‘. A lot of legends have a story to write home about this particular delicacy.
Apparently, there is a ‘constitution’ on its sale. It is to be sold in a dark alley. It is said that darkness or the dark environment is an essential ingredient. The person selling it is usually dorned in a dirty coat which was once white in color. The seller has to have a tooth pick that he uses to prick the mutura then puts the same toothpick in his mouth. For you as the consumer, you should only eat mutura from that place where you are used to. If you dare change, my friend utalala choo.
It is also served with kachumbari and salt on the side in many instances. A mutura base should not have seats. You take it while standing just like the Israelites took the passover. The minimum amount you can buy is Ksh. 10. Apparently, self proclaimed experts will tell you that if you want to buy mutura worth Ksh. 50, buy it in denominations of Ksh.10. You will surely get value for your money.
Mutura sellers also sell soup and meat from animal parts such as the head. The soup will usually be put in a 5 Litre clear kibuyu, salt added then tossed around until a wheezing sound I’d heard. With Ksh. 20, you can comfortably have a cup of soup and some Ksh. 10 mutura. However, be warned that the soup is more often than not extremely hot.
Basically, those are the 4 main evening delicacies. However, there are others such as groundnuts/peanuts, samosas, viazi karai, kaimati among others. Then there are those ‘healthy eaters’ who will prefer fruits such as Apples.
So, what’s your poison? Give your thoughts on the comments section.