While most of the Kenyan rugby team ran up and down the pitch to work up a sweat and stay in shape ahead of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Hong Kong this weekend, Fly-half Collins Injera and teammate Benedict Nyambu pre-empted the clash with a cook-up in the local restaurant Yum Cha.
Guided by the chef, the Kenyan boys were up against Hong Kong’s Salom Yiu kam-shing and Alex McQueen is making local delicacy ‘Dim Sum’.
The four had fifteen minutes to learn the art of making the Spring Roll and another few minutes to duplicate it and try to impress the chef.
The finer details proved a delicate task for the burly boys.
“When the chef showed us what to do, I noticed the amount of detail and effort he puts into every dumpling,” Injera said, adding that he plans to put what he learnt into practice.
Dim Sum is at the heart of Cantonese cuisine and literally means ‘touch heart’. Well, the Hong Kong team was definitely touched by actually making the Dim Sum, and saving face by winning the competition – albeit narrowly.
The judging was based on the presentation as well as the taste of the Dim Sum made by the players. Since Kenya lost on presentation, let’s see how fancy Injera’s tries will be at the Hong Kong event!
Kenya’s first tussle is with Samoa on Friday.