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While visiting Uganda, you’ll find that most people culture action happens on the streets and roadsides – people hawking their goods, kids running to and from school, friends hanging out just chatting. There’s always movement, and there’s always food.
Day and night you’ve got people selling all types of Ugandan snacks at traffic lights, at bus stops, on buses, at street corners and in roadside stalls. And of course a reciprocal wealth of travellers buying them. For a true taste of Africa you won’t find in any guidebook, check out the following Ugandan snacks.
Top 8 Ugandan Snacks You Must Try
Sorry to bust your bubble but this snack is not related to your watch. Far from that, the snack gets its name from a pronunciation of ‘rolled eggs’ into a chapati; roll-eggs (rolex).
Rolex is a very popular snack among both Ugandans and travelers and you’ll most probably find it anywhere on the streets.
The Ugandan Rolex is fried on hot pan combining an egg omelette and veggies wrapped in a chapati. One of the most delicious snack you’ll have in Uganda.
The term Muchomo is a Swahili word refering to an act of celebration that follows a victorious finish. In Uganda, every triumph is always celebrated with roasted meat and thus the name muchomo was coined.
Muchomo in Uganda is beef, chicken or goat’s meat roasted over open fire. Barbecue is the more formal reference.
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If you make a stop at any bus station while travelling in the Uganda countryside, take care how fast you open your window because one of those Muchomo sticks gunning for your purchase may pork your eye or any of the other Ugandan snacks trying to get their way into your car.
Like for many open air roasted foods, it is this scrumptious aroma that keeps travelers sticking out their windows at the bus stop to savor Muchomo.
East Africa has adopted the Indian samosa (also known as samusa) as their own. Found in restaurants and from street vendors throughout Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania, these tasty and satisfying parcels of meat or veggies are a delicious pick-me-up.
Fabulous to stop for during a long road trip or to bring on the bus with you. chapatis are a delicious snack found all over eastern Africa. Flaky and melt in your mouth, chapatis are best eaten fresh with a cup of tea and while hanging out in a small stall with locals.
These lip-smacking chips are found throughout most of Africa, and are ideal for long journeys or to stave off any between meals hunger pains.
Although they look like bananas, plantains (also called boli in Nigeria) have the sweetness of a banana when ripe but are starchy like a potato. And when barbecued, the sweet savory taste will leave you begging for more and more and more!
Have you tried a local treat or any of the exciting Ugandan snacks that gave your taste buds a buzz? share your experience in the comments bellow.