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Vibibi: Kenyan Coconut Rice Pancakes

Vibibi or little coconut rice pancakes is a delicious dish from Kenya. Hundreds of years ago many different nations arrived to trade in Kenya along its coasts. Many of these countries influenced and blended with African traditions within Kenya. In cities like Mombasa, Arab and Indian influences help form the spice blend we see in Vibibi. In Swahili, Vibibi means little ladies and more than one so this recipes makes about 6 pancakes. But if you only want one, just say “kibibi”.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 teaspoon (2 ml) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup (125 ml) water
  • 1/2 cup (118 ml) sugar
  • 1 1/3 cups (304 ml) rice flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon (.5 ml) cardamom
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) vegetable oil

Let’s Make It!

  1. PLAN AHEAD: It takes an hour for the batter to rise for this recipe.
  2. In a small bowl, mix yeast, water, and pinch of sugar. Let stand for about 5 minutes and the mixture will start to foam.
  3. In a big bowl mix sugar, rice, flour and cardamom. Then add coconut milk and yeast mixture. Stir well.
    1. Note: The batter should be pourable like pancake batter. If not, add a little water.
  4. Cover the bowl with a towel and leave it alone for at least an hour.
  5. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a pan on medium heat. Pour roughly 1/4 cup of batter in the pan and spread to form a small pancake.
  6. When bubbles start to form, flip the pancake to cook the other side.
  7. Repeat steps 5-6 to cook the rest of the batter. Be sure to heat a little more oil on the pan before pouring.
  8. Serve with fresh fruit and enjoy!

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So you’re probably wondering how my husband gets around town when travels internationally, especially if he is visiting a country for the first time. Believe it or not, Uber is not actually not available in every country. So he has discovered some great alternatives, through trial and error of course, for all the countries he has visited. He are some of his transportation resources; we hope this guide gets you about town no matter where you are!


Didi-If your looking for a way to get around China, Didi is your best bet. Didi has revolutionized transportation in Chin and believes its not just a ride, its a journey. My husband uses this ride service to get from one meeting to the next and you can order a ride in WeChat, the preferred communication method in China. How convenient! He can also choose the level of service from Luxe, Premier, Express, and Taxi. They even offer bike share service if your feeling athletic and want to truly experience the sites and sounds of the city. And Didi is not just in China, they also provide service in Australia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Japan, Costa Rica and Mexico.


Bolt (formerly Taxify)- Bolt is the preferred transportation method in Budapest, a place my husband has traveled to often. You can download the app for iPhone or Android, setup your account, and quickly order your first ride. As an added bonus, you can also order food and have it delivered to you using Bolt (think UberEats). Per my husband, this app is very similar to Uber and really easy to use. You can use Bolt practically all over the world in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and Mexico.


Grab-Known as the “everyday app”, Grab provides transportation services in Singapore and a number of other countries in Southeast Asia. Once you download the app (available for iPhone and Android) you can book a taxi, shuttle, eScooter or a pet friendly ride. But there is a reason its called the everyday app….Grab not only provides ride services, it also provides delivery services for documents, packages, food; book tickets for movies and events; book a hotel; watch videos and pay for all your purchases! This makes travelling so much easier and convenient; no more keeping up with credit cards, receipts, etc. Its a win-win-win!