One of Tharaka Nithi County’s best hospitality joint is proving Crocodile meat is not for a select group of people and is suitable for all, and its manager Barnice Wambui, a manager at Cefra at Ndagani in Chuka, Tharaka Nithi.
At Cefra which is both an exotic farm with different kinds of traditional and imported birds, you also get the opportunity to sample delicious crocodile meat, hitherto an unknown delicacy for locals.
Located 500 meters off the Chuka-Meru road, Cefra boasts of a classic hotel and accommodation services.
It is a favorite spot for locals, students at the Chuka University and tourists visiting the Mt Kenya region.
For adventurous eaters or those who have always wished to sample crocodile meat, you will find finger-licking meals, prepared and served in a style that whets your appetite.
Wambui says for seasoning of crocodile meat and other delicacies at Cefra, the garlic, herbs, and others are taken from the joint’s impressive farm.
Wambui says among the options, the crocodile meat is either simply pan-fried, or pan-fried with sauce.
In the pan-fried style the crocodile meat is cut into the desired pieces and seasoned with lemon juice, garlic, and some salt and transferred into the refrigerator.
“After one hour it is transferred into a pan and fried until the meat turns brown and is ready to be had,” she said.
Wambui says while some prefer having the meat with ugali, chips and other accompaniments, there are others who want it served with sauce.
To make the sauce Wambui says the farm grows natural spices and different types of vegetables.
“There is parsley, spring onions and rosemary which are quite healthy ingredients. You also use tomatoes to make the sauce for the crocodile meat. It goes down very well with greens, ugali, and rice,” said Wambui who studied business at Chuka University.
Crocodile meat has immense health benefits and aids in building muscles and is a heart-friendly food, Wambui says.
“Actually it contains less fat than chicken, low cholesterol levels which is good for the heart. People should try crocodile meat instead of consuming red meat every day,” Wambui added.
The manager says the price is also ‘pocket-friendly’ and people keen to embrace healthier eating habits should make an effort and pass by Cefra.
“We need to embrace healthy foods instead of getting used to red meat. Once people experience the benefit of crocodile meat they will definitely love it,” she said.
A kilo of crocodile meat costs sh2, 000 and half a kilo goes for sh1, 000.