From the city of Lubumbashi comes a dish of Congolese cabbage mixed with beef. It is a family recipe from Jonathan Tshibanda, a freshman studying civil engineering.
Tshibanda is an international student from the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he lived before coming to Rexburg. In Congo, he spent his free time playing soccer with friends from dusk till dawn.
“You’d just play,” Tshibanda said. “Five hours, six hours, you’d just play. We never stopped. If you feel hungry, you stopped. You’d go home and eat. Then you’d go back again to the field.”
When he was not on the soccer field, Tshibanda was home — laughing and playing dice games with his family. For Tshibanda, life in Congo was similar to life in the United States in many ways. But there were a just a few things missing.
In Rexburg, Tshibanda had a hard time finding the right products to make the dishes he ate back home. However, he discovered burritos, which became his favorite food here.
For Tshibanda, Congolese cabbage mixed with beef means home. Tshibanda said that even while traveling, he has not seen this dish. It is a family recipe, passed down to his mother, who would prepare it for their family.