Emirates Airline starts serving Kenya's staple food,Ugali—plans underway to introduce West African dishes

The airline has started serving local dishes on different routes, giving passengers a taste of the destination they are going to.

Emirates Airline has added Kenya's staple food, Ugali, to its list of East African delicacies as it seeks to serve local dishes on different routes, giving passengers a taste of the destination they are going to.

Ugali,a dish made of maize flour,adds on to a list of other recently introduced East African delicacies such as mukimo,beef stew and specially prepared chicken on Nairobi and Entebbe routes, which have proved quite popular.

Sous Chef James Oludayo Salami, a Nigerian who makes oriental and continental dishes says the airline has also introduced Injera, a staple food common in Ethiopia, with plans underway to introduce West African dishes.

‘‘We have also introduced Injera on the Dubai—Addis Ababa route and plan to introduce West African dishes on some of our popular routes like Nigeria, Ghana and Senegal,” said the chef who has worked with Emirates flight catering for the past 20 years.

Emirates is one of the airlines that is investing big in inflight food and drinks as it caters for its more than 55 million dine-in guests a year, travelling to and from 144 cities across six continents.

The Dubai-based airline spends Sh103 billion ($1 billion) every year on food and drinks and runs a round-the-clock kitchen with 1,200 chefs based in Dubai whipping up 12,450 recipes.

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