Rwanda Food and Drink
The cuisine of Rwanda is simple yet unique with the typical Rwandan diet consisting of sweet potatoes, beans, corn, peas, millet and fruit. Many Rwandans don’t eat meat more than a few times a month. Those people who live near lakes also incorporate fish into their diets, particularly tilapia. In more urban areas like Kilgali, various cuisines like Indian, Chinese, Italian and other African styled restaurants are available.
Popular dishes include:
Ugali: This is a paste that is made from maize and water which when mixed together forms a porridge. Ugali is not only popular in Rwanda, it is also a favourite dish throughout eastern Africa.
Ibihaza: This dish is made from cut up pumpkin that is mixed with beans and is then boiled.
Isombe: This meal combines mashed cassava leaves with dried fish.
Matolie: This is a meal made from baked or steamed plantains.
Fruit juices, wine and beer are all favourite drinks in Rwanda. Commercial beers include Primus, Mutzig and Amstel. Rwanda has a large commercial brewery, however, many people tend to brew their own beer and alcoholic beverages. Ikigage is a locally brewed beer made from dry sorghum, some people believe it has medicinal properties. Urwagwa is a beer made from fermented bananas mixed with sorghum flour. Finally, Ubuki is an alcoholic drink made of fermented honey and has an alcohol content of about 12%. Beer often features in traditional rituals and is generally consumed by men.
Things to know:
There is no official stance on tipping in Rwanda, however, staff in hotels as well as guides and trackers have come to expect it. Approximately 10% is appropriate in restaurants and around 5-10% is appropriate for guides, trackers and porters.
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