When it comes to food, hustlers are no longer the followers but leaders
SEE ALSO :Hustling not newMy generosity Back to my generosity. My client, a hustler from an undisclosed village, was not mesmerised by the menu. She jokingly asked if there was ugali. The waiter promptly said yes. And phew, my generosity yielded ugali! That Java could serve ugali was surprising to the hustler. She thought ugali was the preserve of low-end restaurants. If I were more generous, I’d have taken her to a five-star hotel; she would have been surprised to find ugali, ngwaci, nduma and boiled maize on the menu. Even traditional vegetables like managu are on the menu. Our traditional meals, like kimanga, muthokoi and mukimo, are finding their way to top restaurants. It is nothing short of a revolution in gastronomy; Kenya’s high-end hotels have embraced a hustler’s menu with open arms. K’Osewe, or is it Ranalo, is in Nairobi’s affluent Upper Hill!
SEE ALSO :We owe hustlers for saving our planetThe affluent might have realised that hustlers’ meals are healthier. And for restaurant owners, these meals most likely have higher margins because of availability. They could also be riding on our nostalgia. Lots of Kenya’s affluent miss the good old days when they ate traditional meals. FM stations have leveraged on that nostalgia by playing old music, reminding listeners of when they were young and innocent. Who said hustlers are always followers? They, too, can lead and have unlikely followers in gastronomy. We can leverage on this revolution and open Kenyan restaurants all over the world, just like the Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Vietnamese and Ethiopians have done. After all, attachment to our traditional foods is a universal phenomenon and can be big business. Kenyan still eat ugali in the USA and Europe. Nigerian and Ghanaians love their fufu wherever they are in the world. We have a competitive advantage on food. Who in the world can cook kimanga, muthokoi, mukimo or ugali better than we can?
SEE ALSO :Nostalgia, sweets and the hustlerWhat did you order the last time you ate at a restaurant? Which one was it? [XN Iraki; [email protected]; Twitter: @Hustlenomics7]
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