Dining Out in Tanzania: The Mishkaki Experience

July 19, 2012 § 1 Comment

Ah, mishkaki. Anybody who visits Tanzania should be able to tell you all about it.

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“Mishkaki” is three very tiny cubes of beef, each smaller than a single die cube, skewered on an old bicycle spoke and seared over hot coals. Mishkaki comes with a sweet, mildly spicy, chili sauce for dipping. Mishkaki vendors also often offer bread, similar to naan, and roasted plantains. The plantains are my least favorite since they are dry and hard to eat. The beverage choices are either a glass bottle of soda – Sprite, Cola, Orange Fanta – or bottled water.

All the food is prepared on the street curb on old, homemade-looking charcoal grills. We sit at a table next to it and eat with our hands, pulling the beef off the skewers with our teeth.

After the meal, the street vendor helps us wash our hands by pouring a cupful of hot water from a pot sitting over the coals over our outstretched hands. It feels wonderful.

Street food of champions!

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