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Kampala's Best Street Food

Updated: Feb 8, 2019

It's no secret that Kampala folks love their street food. Whether it's after a night out, a cure for a hungover or even a regular snack craving, street food is cheap and always hits the spot when you're starving. These are our top picks for Kampala's best street food.


When it comes to street food in Kampala, Rolex is King. It consists of fried egg or omelette wrapped in a chapati and rolled like a burrito giving it the "Rolex" name.

Grilled Meat: Pork, Chicken, Beef, Goat

Grilled meats are the second most popular type of street food in Kampala. The meat is marinated and grilled over a local charcoal grill on low heat. Pork is usually the favourite on the list followed closely by chicken, goat and then beef.


Chapati or "Chapo" is a flat bread that originated from India and was brought to the East African Coast by immigrants travelling from the South East Asia. The soft dough that consists of Flour, salt and water is kneaded, flattened and then fried on a skillet with oil and high heat.


Another product from south east asia, the "samosa" pronounced "sambusa", is a fried pastry with a savoury beef, chicken or vegetable filling and is fried over very high heat.


This is dumpling like fried bread that is sometimes made sweet or salty and is the perfect snack to enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee.


Gonja, the fried or grilled plantain is another popular street food that is both tasty and filling.

Nsenene (Grasshoppers)

These are fried edible grasshoppers that are common during the rainy season and are sold on the streets in little containers.


These are local pancakes that are made by kneading sweet bananas and flour.


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