Chips Mayai is a Tanzanian street food that you eat either with your hands or with toothpicks. If you're prepared, you will bring a plastic fork. Chips Mayai can get messy. What is this dish? In Kiswhali, Mayai means egg and chips are what North American's call 'fries'. The finished dish is something like a French fry omelette.
To make the dish, the fries are made and kept warm. Then they are added to a heavy cast iron pan over a fire. Eggs are cracked into a bowl and mixed with tomatoes, green peppers and onions if the customer chooses and this is poured overtop the chips and the whole thing is fried into light golden pancake shape. If you don't want vegetables, then you can have a plain Chips Mayai. Some Chips Mayai can have runny egg in the middle. The chips can be crispy but most times they are soft potatoes. Popular condiments to sprinkle on top are tomato ketchup, salt, pepper or 'kachumbari', an onion and tomato salad. A popular drink to order with chips mayai is Fanta or pepsi.