STREET FOOD

[PHOTOS] Taste of Nairobi's common street food

For early risers, with as low as Sh30 one can enjoy a piece of boiled arrow roots, sweet potatoes and cassava.

In Summary

• For early morning city birds, with as low as Sh30 one can enjoy a piece of boiled arrow roots, sweet potatoes and cassava.

• Other popular street foods in Nairobi costing as low Sh10 include chapati, mandazi and french fries (chips).

Many Nairobians eat on a budget and they mostly depend on food kiosks for lunch meals because they are pocket friendly. https://bit.ly/33QEng0

Somkie with kachumbari, one of Nairobi's tasty and common street food on January 17, 2022
Somkie with kachumbari, one of Nairobi's tasty and common street food on January 17, 2022
Image: CHARLENE MALWA

Many Nairobians eat on a budget and they mostly depend on food kiosks for lunch meals because they are pocket friendly.

Due to the hardship brought by the economy and as people continue search for employment, some decided to venture into fast selling and available foods resulting to the street food culture.

Grilled chicken parts, one of Nairobi's most common street foods 17, 2022
Grilled chicken parts, one of Nairobi's most common street foods 17, 2022
Image: WILFRED NYANGERESI

Nairobi being the capital city is a fusion of different tribes and cultures and street food is becoming increasingly popular.

A spot check by the Star has revealed that different types of street foods are sold at different times of the day.

Smokie with salsa ( Kachumabri), one of Nairobi's tasty and common street food on January 17, 2022
Smokie with salsa ( Kachumabri), one of Nairobi's tasty and common street food on January 17, 2022
Image: CHARLENE MALWA

Early in the morning especially within the Central Business District, one can easily spot food vendors pushing trolleys filled with food, or just parked at a certain spot.

Some are busy chopping tomatoes and onions as accompaniments for the specific foods they are selling.

Mutura, one of Nairobi's most common street foods on January 17, 2022.
Mutura, one of Nairobi's most common street foods on January 17, 2022.
Image: WILFRED NYANGERESI

From as low as Sh30 boiled arrow roots, sweet potatoes and cassava are the favourites for the early morning birds.

Other street foods found from evening hours include grilled maize, smokies, boiled eggs, shawarma, viazi karai, chapatis, mandazi, mutura and many more.

Edited by B. Oruta

Boiled eggs, one of Nairobi's most common street foods on January 17, 2022.
Boiled eggs, one of Nairobi's most common street foods on January 17, 2022.
Image: WILFRED NYANGERESI
chapati, one of Nairobi's most common street foods on January 17, 2022.
chapati, one of Nairobi's most common street foods on January 17, 2022.
Image: WILFRED NYANGERESI
Shawarma, one of Nairobi's tasty and common street food on January 17, 2022.
Shawarma, one of Nairobi's tasty and common street food on January 17, 2022.
Image: CHARLENE MALWA
Viazi karai, one of Nairobi's most common street foods on January 17, 2022.
Viazi karai, one of Nairobi's most common street foods on January 17, 2022.
Image: WILFRED NYANGERESI
Boiled maize, one of Nairobi's most common street foods on January 17, 2022.
Boiled maize, one of Nairobi's most common street foods on January 17, 2022.
Image: WILFRED NYANGERESI
Mutura, one of Nairobi's most common street foods on January 17, 2022.
Mutura, one of Nairobi's most common street foods on January 17, 2022.
Image: WILFRED NYANGERESI
Shawarma, one of Nairobi's tasty and common street food on January 17, 2022ar
Shawarma, one of Nairobi's tasty and common street food on January 17, 2022ar
Image: CHARLENE MALWA
Packed mandazi, one of Nairobi's most common street foods on January 17, 2022.
Packed mandazi, one of Nairobi's most common street foods on January 17, 2022.
Image: WILFRED NYANGERESI
Shawarma, one of Nairobi's tasty and common street food on January 17, 2022.
Shawarma, one of Nairobi's tasty and common street food on January 17, 2022.
Image: CHARLENE MALWA
Smokie with tomato sauce, one of Nairobi's tasty and common street food on January 17, 2022.
Smokie with tomato sauce, one of Nairobi's tasty and common street food on January 17, 2022.
Image: CHARLENE MALWA
A young boy buying boiled eggs , one of Nairobi's tasty and common street food on January 17, 2022
A young boy buying boiled eggs , one of Nairobi's tasty and common street food on January 17, 2022
Image: CHARLENE MALWA
Shawarma, one of Nairobi's tasty and common street food on January 17, 2022.
Shawarma, one of Nairobi's tasty and common street food on January 17, 2022.
Image: CHARLENE MALWA
A young boy eating smokie kaachumbari , one of Nairobi's tasty and common street food on January 17, 2022
A young boy eating smokie kaachumbari , one of Nairobi's tasty and common street food on January 17, 2022
Image: CHARLENE MALWA