Blogmas 3 – A Taste of Chinny’s Kitchen!

Hey guys, how are we all?

If you couldn’t tell by my name (Omowunmi), I am a proudly Nigerian Yoruba girl. There are a million and one things that I love about being Nigerian. Our charisma, our resilience, our many languages… But one of the best things has to be our food. Our richly flavoursome and colourful food is really second to none and I am so grateful to my Mum for raising my brothers and I to be accustomed to it. Bright orange traditional jollof rice or yam pottage; succulent beef suya and pepe soup; golden fried plantain and stew; even the simple agege bread and egg combination. There’s just too much to drool over!


A couple of weeks ago I attended a pop up Nigerian restaurant, The Afrofusion Supper Club by Chinny’s Kitchen.

“Food is my thing and the kitchen is my playground… I started Chinny’s Kitchen because food should be fun no matter what type of diet, budget or culinary challenges you have! I  share ideas, recipes, tips, tricks and food experiences.”

ChinnysKitchen.com

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Chinny… in the kitchen!

General admission tickets were available on Eventbrite for £29. I know… like me, you’re probably thinking on the face of it, this price seems expensive right? But upon reflection I’d say it was a good deal considering the variety of food for a three-course-meal, drinks, entertainment and the general quality of the event. It was more like a whole West African experience than just a regular night out for dinner.

The event was held in The Table Cafe, London. I really liked the choice of venue, it was the perfect size for an intimate dining experience. The brightly coloured African print cloth (ankara) draped over the tables was a nice little touch also.


Here’s what was on the menu for the evening:

  • Complimentary glass of Zobo champagne or lemonade on arrival
  • Starter: Pepper (pepe) soup served with agege bread; plantain and gizzard (gizzdodo)
  • Mains: Suya “surf n turf” and yam chips; jollof rice and jerk chicken with a side of plantain
  • Dessert: Apple crumble cake served with ice cream
  • Drinks: (Available to order) Zobo Lemonade, Zobo Mojito cocktail, Malt, Chapman, Guinness and wines
  • There was also plenty of complimentary chin chin from Love Chin Chin UK and plantain crisps dotted around all of the tables to snack on between courses


I was able to try all of the above food on the menu and I can honestly say that I thoroughly enjoyed everything. I want to give a special mention to the pepe soup and gizzdodo, because they were both so excellently prepared and I enjoyed them the most. Ooo and the apple crumble cake was phenomenal (if you have me on snapchat, you may have seen me ranting and raving about how delicious it was). The zobo mojito was also really nice (a combination of zobo, malibu and lemonade I believe… whatever it was, I loved it).

Enjoy the photo gallery documenting the evening:


There was plenty of entertainment during the night including a resident DJ and live performances. DJ Tomiwa performed a lively set which took us on a journey of West African music. From highlife and afrobeat artists such as Fela Kuti and Lagbaja, to the early Nigerian pop music of Styl-Plus and Wande Coal, to the contemporary sounds of Mr Eazi and Wizkid. We were also entertained by the incredible voice of the up and coming 19-year-old Nigerian musician, Tay Iwar, who sang music he’d written himself. As well as the talented African drummer, Richard Olatunde Baker, who engaged the audience with his set which included call and response songs such as the popular Che Che Kule. These special guests made waiting for each course to be served a much more enjoyable experience. Personally, I love African music and a great vocalist so it was right up my street.

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Unfortunately I forgot to take proper pictures of the apple crumble cake dessert because I ate it too quickly, it was that good lol:


Overall the standard and taste of the food and drink wildly surpassed my expectations. I can’t stress it enough, the food was truly fantastic. The only downside is there was a bit of a wait between the courses and the jollof rice was scarce due to complications. Having said that, this is only the first official Chinny’s Kitchen event. Therefore, I am very confident that the next event will be even better as these are logistic issues which should be easily sorted. Regardless, the food was worth the wait and I would recommend that you all dine at Chinny’s Kitchen too.

Find Chinny’s Kitchen on social media:


I plan to recreate some of these West African delicacies for Christmas lunch/dinner this year. What will you all be eating? A traditional roast with turkey, Jollof rice and chicken, or something else? Let’s talk food in the comment section below 🙂

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

Colossians 3:23-24


God bless you!
Wunms.

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14 thoughts on “Blogmas 3 – A Taste of Chinny’s Kitchen!

  1. From the pictures alone, my mouth is watering! The pepe soup looked on point. I think it was great value for the price considering that 3 courses in a restaurant would set you back much more and there was lots of entertainment on offer. I’ll be looking out for her next event. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Wunmi on your snapchat it the event looks so lit and just reading about it makes me wish i was here! Such a good post and keep up the good job wummi! TBH I’m a little salty that i couldn’t go next time invite me! i love food!!!!! 🙂

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  3. I absolutely love this post! So good to see that our food is being proudly represented – sign me up for the next supper club! P.S. Jollof rice ALWAYS makes its way to the Christmas dinner table

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  4. Babe this is such a well written post! I feel like I was on the taste journey with you. You got me excited to bathe in an abundance of jollof rice come Christmas time. Chinny’s Kitchen sounds great too, will definitely check it out ❤️

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  5. Good morning Omowunmi, I loved reading this blog. Chinny’s food looks amazing and you have brought the event to life here. What could be better than an evening eating fantastic food and being entertained by the cool DJ Tomiwa. I’m so glad you had plantain, I love them, the dish with gizzard looks amazing. I am going to try a recipe for that. Gizzard may be too high in cholesterol for me but hey who cares!! Why didn’t I know you can buy plantain crisps!! Where have I been lol. I am definitely looking out for them. I love chin chin, I haven’t tried that variety as I make my own. I think I have got to a stage where I can take some to work for my Nigerian colleagues to critique. I have to hide it at home or it’s gone when I get home. Don’t worry about waiting in between courses, that is your opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet me ones and of course listen to the DJ!! So Christmas food, I’m bored of Turkey but the elder generation like it. Catch 22. So I’ve decided I’m going to have a go at jollof rice for Christmas eve, not sure what I’m adding in yet, chicken and vegetarian maybe. Plenty of leftovers, then use the turkey crown leftovers for a boxing day spicy dish. I’m in the kitchen this Christmas with my tunes on full blast. I loved reading this, a real kick-start to Christmas food planning. Thanks

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    1. Good morning Gavin! This comment really made me smile lol.

      Definitely try it out, I believe there are recipes on ChinnysKitchen.com and also on YouTube there are plenty of step by step tutorials.

      Hahaha yes! You can buy plantain crisps in so many places… African or Asian food shops predominantly. But I’ve actually been seeing them pop up in big supermarkets like Sainsbury’s and Asda. Some of these supermarkets even sell chin chin if you’re in the right area. Try the continental food aisle!

      Would love to hear what your Nigerian colleagues think of your chin chin lol 🙂

      I also find turkey boring unless it’s seasoned really really well. I find it a bit too dry. We’ll probably be having jollof, chicken and the rest this year!

      So glad you enjoyed reading. Merry early Christmas 🙂

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      1. Your reply made me smile 😊 Wunmi. I can’t call my recipe chin chin until its been verified by my Nigerian colleagues. I could be making anything lol. I’m on the lookout for plantain crisps, I’m really 😞 disappointed I have to travel to buy plantains now, I used to buy them in Morrisons but they stopped stocking what they believe is exotic lol. Keep blogging lol 😁 is fantastic

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