0157 Kitimoto is Not Japanese

Aug 07, 2018, 04:37 PM

This is Randi Hacker with another Postcard from Abroad from the KU Centers for Global and International Studies and Kansas African Studies.

Where in Dar es Salaam should you go to savor a true Tanzanian culinary experience? If your answer is one of the city’s conventional restaurants, guess again. Kitimoto, a savory pork chop dish cooked on a charcoal grill or immersed in hot frying oil, has to be ordered directly from the chef, and, in some cases, secretly. Kitimoto, a Kiswahili word that means “hot seat,”is no fast food. Its preparation involves frying, then slathering with tomato and onion gravy and is more art than science. Why secretly? Conventional wisdom says that even people prohibited from eating pork for religious reasons find Kitimoto so irresistible, they sneak into the kitchen, quietly order their savory snacks, and eat them before anybody catches them in the ‘hot seat.’

With thanks to Elene Cloete for this text, from the KU Center for Global and International Studies, this is Randi Hacker. Wish you were here.

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Source: https://www.ozy.com/good-sht/eating-the-secret-pork-chops-of-tanzania/8261

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