Meet Mo’Bites, the RoHo student who started her own food company on campus
She donates 15 per cent of the profits to Mind
The Royal Holloway Tab spoke to Modupe Reis, a third year English Literature student and the chef behind the campus food business Mo'Bites.
What is Mo'Bites?
Mo’Bites offers freshly home-cooked West-African inspired meals and snacks to Royal Holloway students. I wanted to spread the word about the beauty and absolute deliciousness of West African cuisine in an environment that lacked understanding of it.
Like it says on the Instagram page, Mo’Bites is meals cooked with love.
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?THIS WEEK’S SNACK: PUFF PUFF ? • • Puff puff is a delicious snack (“small chops”) that originated in Nigeria but is also enjoyed by other West African countries. It is likened to a doughnut as it has a soft texture when bitten into and is slightly sweet. It also goes by Beinye, Bofrot, Mikate, French Beignet, Kala and even goes as far as Southern Africa (Mandazi). I just call it puff puff or that snack I can eat 30 of in one sitting ??♀️? The best thing about this delicacy is that it is vegan, veggie and meets most dietary requirements ?? • More info on this week’s delicious puff puff will be out soon. There will be limited bags of puff puff, so drop me an email ([email protected]) ASAP to pre-order if you’ve already made your mind up that you deffo want some of this yumminess ?
Why did you start the business?
I started it because I love cooking, and I realised that my friends also love my cooking. A few of them encouraged me to start selling my food, but I was still unsure.
My grandma passed away suddenly in November 2017, and her passing really hit me. She was a very well-loved caterer back home in Lagos. The evening I received the news of her death, was when I came up with the name and business plan for Mo’Bites. I was inspired to test launch Mo’Bites in early 2018. The very positive reactions I received from that helped me to realise that it was something I could do.
There’s something about a freshly home-cooked meal that you just don’t get with ordering takeout or buying a meal deal.
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Shoutout to the ACS for hosting Mo’Bites yesterday ❤️??Super excited for what this year is going to bring— I am very much looking forward to a fun and fulfilling year! MAKE SURE YOU BUY YOUR @rhulacs MEMBERSHIP! Thank you to everyone who came and everyone who ate! I hope you enjoyed the little taster ❤️please dm me your honest reviews/constructive feedback ? Much love and food always ?
Is it going well? How many students are buying your food?
Surprisingly well! I created a business model that suited my hectic final year academic life, as well as my involvement with extracurriculars. I set the demand per week, so I restrict myself to making a maximum number of orders per week. So far, every order week has seen no less than 70 per cent of the maximum number of orders being made.
I donate 15 per cent of the profits to Mind, a mental health charity. For me the indication of it going well is less so about the profit I make and more about how the people react to their meals and the fact that people keep coming back. The feedback has been nothing short of amazing, and that’s what marks my success.
Do you have plans to expand?
With my time at university coming to an end, I haven’t thought to expand my business. I hope the impact I’ve made with Mo’Bites sticks. I know that there is still a gap in the market for home-cooked West African dishes, so maybe I can come back to fill it in the future.
How can people get in touch?
People can get in touch via Instagram DMs, if they follow @mo.bites. I will be happy to answer some questions there.
All enquiries about food, orders and dietary requirements should come to [email protected] I’m a friendly face on campus so if anyone just wants to chat about Mo’Bites whilst I’m running to my lecture, I would gladly do that too.