Rolex – the Favorite Fast Food of Ugandans consumed for Breakfast – Lunch or Dinner
Rolex in Uganda is not the Watch but its most popular Fast Food
Rolex – few Ugandans wear one – but we eat them – Rolex – the Favorite Fast Food of Ugandans can be found anywhere in Uganda, street vendors make it, it is sold as Road-Side Food, it is a rolled Chapati filled with scrambled Eggs, Vegetables,even Sausage or other meat. Rolex has become the Fast Food of Choice in Uganda in just a few years.
Even CNN is getting in on the Rolex that you do not wear but eat. CNN read the Article and contacted us asking if they could use the information here in an article called “African Foods-finally taking off” which they did with a quote from us and a link.
Visitors to Uganda often are surprised by seeing signs advertising Rolex – wondering how the expensive Swiss Rolex Watch can be sold here in roadside stands – it is not the watch but a rolled chapati filled with 2 scrambled eggs, often cabbage, onions, tomatoes and just like the Bigger Fast Food Giants you have choices and different prices – it is no different here in Uganda where the price goes up a bit as you might add minced meat, and added vegetables.The famous Rolex – the Favorite Fast Food of Ugandans was introduced back in 2003 in the Wandegeya area and began to be consumed by many, especially by the nearby Makerere University Students.
Today you can find Rolex Vendors, Stands all over Kampala and it is even served in higher priced restaurants – road-side vendors offer them to travelers – it is simply an inexpensive meal and Ugandans rave about it – it also provides a meaningful income for mostly young men who sell the tasty dish with little start-up capital needed.
The name Rolex – alludes to the rolled chapatis and of course the eggs – in Uganda, almost every person knows what a Rolex is. Here, it is not only a breakfast food but is eaten as a lunch or dinner meal, or as a hearty snack – the price is low (50cents and up), it is tasty and filling and readily available.
Many a visitor to Uganda has developed a liking for Rolex – the Favorite Fast Food of Ugandans, especially the backpacker crowd as a way to keep their meal budget down and its popularity has now extended beyond Uganda’s borders and can even be found in Kigali, Rwanda in a restaurant there. There are even videos you can find about how to make a Rolex, visitors to Uganda are consuming them and more. The next thing you will find versions of it at various fast food outlets in the west where the closest thing we have to it is a Breakfast Burrito.
Caution: If you are visiting Uganda pick a clean and sanitary Rolex Stand otherwise you just might come down with a case of Idi Amin’s revenge which would certainly dampen your holiday in the Pearl of Africa.
Three Students in the USA, one from Uganda, came up with the more sanitary Musana Carts (award winning) that can now be seen in downtown Kampala. They come equipped with solar lights, have a storage place, even space for a fridge.
Many of the Present Rolex Vendors operate illegally, Musana Carts are authorized by Kampala Authorities in regards to sanitary conditions and registration.
Rolex – the Favorite Fast Food of Ugandans – not the Watch but a rolled Chapati with Eggs, Vegetables, and even Ground Beef. Even Restaurants as far away as Kigali Rwanda have gotten in on Uganda’s Favorite Fast Food – Rolex.
Rolex – the Tourist Angle – Our Take:
Since the article on Rolex came out, Ugandan politicians have been munching Rolex hyping it as the new-found Ugandan Tourist Attraction. The page you are reading, has been around for years, gets daily visitors from Uganda and abroad but it has never resulted in our Clients writing to us “I want to add a Rolex Dining Session” into my itinerary.
The biggest issue to our clients as with most tourists are the sanitary conditions in which Rolex Street Food is prepared. The second thing to realize is that people do not go to Germany to have a Bratwurst or a Schnitzel, but visit there because of the castles, the sights, and sounds. The same applies to Tourists coming to Uganda – they do not spend 2,000 plus dollars just for the airfare, but because of gorillas, chimpanzees, and wildlife. They will delight in a local treat such as Rolex, that is a plus as part of their Ugandan experience. Others delight in Nsenene – grasshoppers, Luwombo Chicken, Ugandan Fruit and the superb Ankole Beef.
Backpackers – on a shoestring budget will embrace street food, including the Rolex, those staying in the Serena Hotel would eat it, if aware of it and it was on the Breakfast Menu.
We do not presently have a 7 day Rolex Safari that we list on the Internet, but who knows about tomorrow? Check back…lastly, long before Uganda woke up to rolex wraps – there were breakfast Burritos in the USA offered by various fast food restaurants, and they have not become a reason tourists flock to the USA.