Somali Cuisine in Little Ethiopia!  

 
Rice by Chef Malia Hamza, refugee from Somalia  Photo by Lily Glass,  https://herstudioco.com/

Rice by Chef Malia Hamza, refugee from Somalia

Photo by Lily Glass, https://herstudioco.com/

 

We are slowly moving into Little Ethiopia and establishing our roots in Los Angeles. What better way to do that, than to introduce Somali Rice Bowls?  Only $8 each with your choice of protein (Veggies, Chicken, Beef, Lamb, or Goat).  Stay tuned as we know the lines will get long! 

Also, tell a friend that we are providing 25% for all Uber, Lyft, and Taxi drivers in the area.  We understand that many service providers are former refugees and asylum seekers.  Xo

You can try out our $5 samples at the Annual Ethiopian New Year Festival on Sunday, September 8th!

Our Address:  1046 South Fairfax, Los Angeles CA

Kitchen will be open soon.

A little bit about Somalian Cuisine

Did you know that Somali food and culture is a combination of international influences?

Predating colonialism, this region was a migration stop for various Arab, Indian, Persian, and Turkish merchants who settled and established their family lineages.  Somalia is also the home of the mass migration of Bantu families from the Western Sahara.  Later, the British, French, and Italians established colonies; introducing wheat-dishes such as Pasta.

Somalia's cuisines are also rich in seafood such as Salmon and Tilapia.  The coastline consists of the Gulf of Aden to the north, the Cape Guardafui Channel to the northeast, and the Somali Sea to the east.

Being second longest in Africa (about 3333 km )this coast is easternmost coast of continental Africa, north-western coast of Indian Ocean and nearest coast to Socotra Islands(Yemen). 

What’s interesting about Somali food is that the main staple item is Rice, originally from China.  Movement to western India and south to Sri Lanka was also accomplished very early. Rice was a major crop in Sri Lanka as early as 1000 B.C. The crop may well have been introduced to Greece and the neighboring areas of the Mediterranean by returning members of Alexander the Great’s expedition to India around 344-324 B.C. From a center in Greece and Sicily, rice spread gradually throughout southern Europe and to a few locations in northern Africa.  Read more here.

 So much more to learn!  Please don’t miss out.  

This holiday season will consist of various pop-up experiences in Los Angeles and Orange County!  We are currently working on a private Armenian Dinner followed with a Venezuelan Dinner this season.  Each gathering will fill up quickly as we plan to host 20 guests at a time.  You can also stay tuned for a formal fundraiser in Newport Beach with higher seating capacity. 

 Save these Fall Dates:

Sunday, September 8th (Ethiopian New Year Festival on Fairfax, 9am to 9pm)

Friday, September 27th @ 7:30pm (Private Pop Up Somali Dinner in LA, 20 guests only)  

Friday, October 11th @ 7:30pm (Private Pop Up Armenian Dinner, in OC, 20 guests only)