Fascinating Foods for Business Travellers to Uganda
If you’re planning a business trip to Uganda, you’re probably wondering what sort of food will be on the menus. You’re in for a real treat as there are some delicious traditional dishes that you won’t find anywhere else in the world.
Today, we’re going to take a look at some of Uganda’s edible delicacies so that you can decide which to look out for during your travels, making sure that you don’t miss out on the opportunity to taste some delectable new delights.
MATOKE – this is considered a staple in Uganda, as common as potatoes in most western countries. Matoke is made by steaming small green bananas (which are not sweet like the bananas we’re used to), wrapped in large banana leaves. There is a slight banana taste, and the matoke is very starchy and filling, so be careful how much of it you eat.
OLUWOMBO – Uganda’s traditional national dish, originally created for the King of Buganda in 1887. The dish consists of chicken or beef with vegetables (potatoes and carrots), drizzled with oil, salt and spices, then wrapped in banana leaves and steamed. The dish is unwrapped from the banana leaves, just as a gift is unwrapped, and served as the perfect present.
KATOGO – Uganda’s traditional breakfast food, though it’s served throughout the day in many cafes. The dish consists of fried plantains (cooking bananas) with soup, accompanied by beef, offal or beans. It’s a dish that fills you up ready for the day ahead so if you enjoy a Full Monty breakfast, be sure to give this one a try.
GNUT SAUCE –served with so many different dishes that it’s almost the equivalent of our ketchup. The creamy paste of sweet red peanuts is served as a condiment with sweet potatoes, matoke, cassava, and roasted meats and fish. If you don’t have a nut allergy, this really is a sauce that you should sample while you have the chance.
• TV Chicken – so called because the rotisserie ovens used to cook it resemble a TV. The chicken is roasted and served with fries and salad – a healthy fast food option that’s ready to eat.
• Muchomo – fast food on a stick which is available everywhere. Whether it’s pork, chicken gizzards or another type of meat, it’s usually served with a side of Gonja (roasted sweet plantains)
• If you’re feeling adventurous, you may want to try fried or roasted grasshoppers! These are seasonal and considered a delicacy in Uganda.
Make your business trip to Uganda a culinary carnival to remember!