10 reasons kibanda is better than five star hotel
10 months ago, 7 Dec 08:15
Forget the recent case of Panadol-laced githeri scare. Or the madondo boiled in a compound of water and copious amounts of magadi soda to hasten cooking time and make it softer. Devouring your lunch in one of the numerous food kiosks in the city is way cheaper compared to pricey joints, where menus star fancy names for kawaida food. And while a kibanda has no ambience to write home about, you might consider discarding your middle class entitlements for a while and check out 10 reasons why eating food in a makeshift mabati kibanda is not bad after all. 1. Hoi polloi prices With Sh100, you can fill your stomach with a decent meal with smattering of meat in the ugali na sukuma stew. Throw in an extra Sh50 and uko ndani ya nyama, mtu wangu, especially when the month is about to beat a dangerous corner, meaning you are then going through an out-of- money experience. 2. From farm to fork Unlike starred hotels where your chicken has been cooling in the freezer since before party nominations, food in a kibanda is what could be termed as ‘fast moving consumer goods’ due to the high turnover of hungry Nairobians ensuring food prepared at 4am is cleared by 3pm. 3. Tongue-smacking good Food in a kibanda is tasty and once you’re hooked, there is no turning back. ‘Chefs’ there prepare food ni kama ya nyumbani, meaning you will always remember them when hunger pangs strike. If you see some guy in a suit and tie heading to a kibanda every lunch hour, chances are high that it serves the most delicious matumbo fry. 4. Food at the speed of light Attendants at a kibanda serve you karanga chapati even before you finish washing your hands. There is no need of staring at the menu for eternity as the priciest meal is Sh180. But at starred hotels, some foods are a la carte and you have to wait for 10 hours, by which time you have lost weight! 5. Ugali saucer It is only in a kibanda where you can order ugali saucer (small extra ‘free’ slice) to clear your stew for proper energy of stealing company time through afternoon napping. Unlike five-star hotels, you can also order extra stew bakuli and chai choma! 6. Meeting service providers When you are new to an estate and have no idea how to get a plumber, a carpenter or a mama nguo, worry not. Just go for lunch at a kibanda and you will be spoilt for choice as such service providers take their lunch at a kibanda and you can easily spot them as they always carry their tools of trade. The kibanda owner can also recommend the honest gardener and point out the quacks. A busy kibanda is also a fertile ground for leads to earth-shaking stories or investigations for detectives, police informers and journalists. 7. Insider gossip As you savour athola ugali, you will be treated to raw political analyses, ...
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