Daily Food in the Outskirts of Kampala, Uganda

People here have the “tea” (chayi) in the early morning, which is actually a little desert that can be treated as a light breakfast in the United States. To me, the host family usually offers two pieces of samosa, which is a triangular steamed bun with beans inside its two-layer thin crust. Sometimes, my “tea” would also include light porridge, soybean drink and/or bananas.

“Tea” served in the early morning: samosa, banana, and soybean drink.

The lunch and the dinner can be very filling. The main staple food is pocho or matoke (a type of bananas that must be well cooked, looking like smashed potatoes in the meal), although the family do offer rice from time to time.

unch: rice (yellow) and pocho (white) in the left bowl, with fish in the right bowl.

When walking down the street right beside the school, I see several shopping stands where people can buy some instantly prepared food over their breaks at work. One stand sells rolex, which is a chapati (which could be called “pancake” in other countries) rolled with eggs, tomatoes, onions, cabbage and some sauce. It is sold at UGX 1,000 if you need only one egg in it, a price less than one US dollar. The cover of the rolex here is often a bag made out of students’ exam papers, which unveils the limited resource often faced by small businesses in this area of Kampala.

The paper bag of rolex provided by a local shopping stand, made out of exam paper.

It is worth noting jackfruit, which originates from India but is now all over Uganda. Its super winning taste and nutritional values makes it very popular across the country. Specific information about the meaning of jackfruit to the Ugandans and the Ugandan culture can be found here.

The pulp of jackfruit (left) and a jackfruit tree (right), which has dozens of jackfruits hanging down from the trunk.


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