Kagera - Bukoba - Tanzania
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Where to eat?

The major staple food is cooked bananas (ebitoke) and these were brought to Kagera by unknown immigrants 500 – 600 years ago. Before that the area’s staple food had been finger millet. Some others, which are gaining popularity, include maize, rice, yams, potatoes and cassava. Green vegetables are pumpkin leaves, cassava leaves, spinach, bean leaves (which is called mushokoro), green bean, sprouts, carrots, cabbage, cucumber, sweet and chilli peppers, tomatoes, onions, garlic and some yam leaves.

What to eat in Kagera?Fruits mostly available are pawpaw, mangoes, passion fruits, pineapples, avocado, oranges, strawberries, ntuntunu, amashasha, ensharazi, (the last three are in their Haya vernacular names).

Beef is widely available, as is chicken (if you ask around). Pork is less common but is available. Fish from Lake Victoria (Tilapia and Nile Perch) are also common. Beer and soda are found almost everywhere. Imported items such as pasta, chocolate, spirits, Heinz ketchup, sausages, ice cream, mayonnaise, Pringles and much more are found in the Wazungu stores in Bukoba.

Traditional drinks are Omulamba, Olubisi and Nkonyagi (all names are in Haya vernacular).

In Bukoba there is a factory making Tanica instant coffee and another that sells roasted coffee beans. In Muleba there is a juice factory (Mali Juice) and in Kyaka there is a cheese factory that makes Gouda-type cheese.

Kiswahili in the restaurant

In the restaurant - Kwenye mgahawa

Can I have the menu, please? Tafadhali, nipe menu
I would like to order Ninapenda kuagiza
Can I have some water, please? Tafadhali, naomba maji
I would like some chicken Mimi ninaomba kuku
Can I have the bill, please? Tafadhali, nipe bili
The food is very good! Chakula ni kizuri sana!