We tried Kuku Mutungo and here's what we think about the popular delicacy
Have you tried it?
For starters, Kuku Mutungo translates to chicken with boiled corn or if you like, maize (depending on if you went to Group of Schools or Ndunduri Praimaray). According to netizens, this meal was popularized by Kaikos, a popular meat joint located on Ngong Road and then other restaurants picked up the recipe or should we say stole the recipe? Hehe (sharing is caring). One such restaurant is Club Sidai Oleng.
Located on Kiambu road, just before popular hangout joint Jikoni’s, Sidai Oleng is any meat lover’s haven. The club is spacious enough to accommodate large to small groups of people and offers both outdoor and indoor sitting arrangements while being a kid friendly environment. The restaurant also doubles up as a sports bar thanks to the many mounted TV screens airing different games and great music mixes by the DJ. The only downside of this hangout joint is that they could do something about their bathroom situation which could use a little upgrade and take care of a trench right outside the restaurant which emanates a really pungent smell if you’re seated outside, close to it.
In terms of the food, Sidai’s menu has a wide spectrum of meals to choose from, albeit, the most popular dish has to be the Kuku Mutungo and the Nyama Choma and other meat dishes.
We decided to head there in the afternoon and ordered for the Kuku Mutungo, Mbuzi Fry and Mbuzi Choma and patiently waited for the chow down as we chatted over cold beers which by the way are only 200 bob. Affordable much?
One thing I must commend Sidai for is the absolutely amazing customer service. The waiters were very friendly and catered to all our needs in urgency and utmost enthusiasm.
In less than 30 minutes, our Mutungo was done and we washed our hands ready to dig in. The platter costs Ksh 1,300/- and can feed around six (not-about-to-die-of-hunger) people. Kuku Mutungo is a mix of chips, Kuku Kienyeji, boiled eggs, arrow roots and a few condiments such as tomatoes and cucumbers that act as garnish. For the sides, you can choose to have the Mutungo with chips, ugali or kachumbari (salsa).
What did we think of the meal?
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Collectively, we all thought that it was rather dry and the chicken was a bit tough. Kuku Kienyeji normally requires more boiling time to soften it but then again, being an extremely busy food joint, perhaps time is of the essence. We also felt that the chicken was not as tasty as you’d normally like it to be. However, the corn was super soft, and the chips were delicious. We agreed not to eat the eggs as word has it that the eggs from Kuku Mutungo can make your stomach feel some typa way so none of us wanted to risk a lethal stomach reaction. But don’t let our experience deter you from trying this delicacy. One person’s experience can differ from another’s.
All in all, it was quite an experience worth our time, energy and money. Also, the juicy and absolutely delicious choma and fry made up for the so-called-holy-grail of Kenyan chicken dishes that’s Kuku Mutungo which was pretty much MEH.
Have you tried the Kuku Mutungo? If so, share your experience with us.
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