With her vibrant style and bubbly personality, Wamboi Kay (@wamboikay) would easily have you feeling underdressed if you asked her out on a date. Worry not though, this down to earth food enthusiast loves her food eaten on the streets and is always on the lookout for new roadside culinary adventures.
I’ve known Wamboi for some time now. How could I not? With her electric fashion sense, she easily stands out from the crowd. Besides having a focus on fashion and photography, she’s a true food lover at heart. She traces it all to the first time she had fries as a child and was instantly hooked. As the years went by, all she would cook was fries and different stews. It wasn’t until her mother jokingly warned that her future husband would send her away for not being versatile in the kitchen,
that her spark fired up.
In the 10 years she has been fine tuning her photography skills, the 26 year old Wamboi has used every opportunity available to document her passions through her different life phases. In her years as a digital creative, her most memorable
moment saw her experience Uganda’s rich culture at the Nyege Nyege Festival and stuffing her face with Rollexes. Now, if you’re wondering how someone gobbled down a luxury watch, a ‘rollex’ is Uganda’s most popular street food made of an egg omelette and vegetables wrapped in a chapati. It is quick to prepare and can be eaten at any time of the day – whether breakfast, lunch, supper or as a snack.
Back home, Wamboi is a huge fan of our street food culture. ‘’I love it! The boiled eggs, smokies, roast maize, are some of the things that make you feel Nairobi’s hustling spirit. My top five have to be Mutura, fried fish, samosas, mayai boilo with kachumbari and madafu”
She’s no stranger to kibanda dining either “While I worked as fashion editor at Jumia, the guys in the creative team would make me eat with them at their local ‘base’ and they would teach me sheng while at it. I would always have nyama choma and ugali with kachumbari or the occasional chapo dondo” Given that Kenya is made up of different ethnicities, she does wish that she would see more cultures showcase their different street food variants. And after all, who wouldn’t?
Somewhere along the line, Wamboi hopes to own her own restaurant focusing on soul food, brunch specialities and impeccable desserts. Her first recipe? A delicious Shakshuka which you can try here:
- 1 Tbsp oil
- 1 onion
- ½ Tsp salt
- 1 green pepper
- ¼ Tsp garam masala
- 4 eggs
- Cilantro, garnish
- 3 tomatoes
- 1/4 Tsp chicken masala
- Heat oil in a pan over medium heat, then add the onion, pepper and garam masala.
- Stir-fry this mixture for 1-2 minutes.
- Add the tomatoes, chicken masala and mix well.
- Cover and simmer on a very low heat for 25 minutes.
- Break the eggs on to the surface of the tomato mixture.
- Cover and cook for 4 minutes