Once a visitor was invited to a wedding party and when she got served kow, she asked her guide what the dish was made of after enjoying a mouthful of the dish. He responded ‘leather’. Imagine the look on her face. Kow translates to leather in English.

Kow is a popular dish made of cow hide and although it was once a poor man’s alternative to meat, it is now a delicacy. It’s an art to cook it right; a minute too less, you end up chewing on leather; a minute too long, you end up with glue. There are many special occasions such as lochoe (annual rituals) and housewarmings when it is served as one of the dishes at dinner.