Kenyan Café and Cuisine serves up authentic home-style Kenyan food in Anaheim, CA

Kenyan Café and Cuisine opened in 2009 in an older part of Anaheim, away from Disneyland and the newly renovated areas of the city. This part of the city also has one of the largest populations of Kenyan people outside of Africa. With this large number of immigrants came a need for food that reminded them of home. Charles Njuguna took over the reins of this café a year ago making recipes that he remembers his family cooking back home. Charles is very humble. We were newbies to Kenyan cuisine so Charles described and showed us how to eat it. It wasn’t just us. He did this with other families that came in the same night. He was such a gracious host, and we felt as if we were eating in his home. Karibu (welcome) to Kenyan cuisine!

Samosas are usually stuffed with meat and spices and deep-fried. They are very popular in areas that were part of the Spice Route - India, Southeast Asia, Arabian Peninsula, Mediterranean, and Africa. It generally consists of a fried or baked triangular, semilunar or tetrahedral pastry shell with a savory filling, which may include spiced potatoes, onions, peas, coriander, and lentils, or ground lamb or chicken. Kenyan Café offers beef or lentils and cheese. The beef samosas are to die for! Think of an empanada or wonton but better. The spices that are used to flavor the beef definitely taste of Indian and Asian influence. The outer crust reminds me of crispy wonton or gyoza. The ground beef reminds me of an Asian meat filling with green onions and spices. I could eat these all night long because they are addictive. Thumbs up, way up!

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