KAMPALA (AFP) – When individuals speak about a “Rolex” in Uganda, one of many final issues they most likely have in thoughts is a luxurious watch.
So at Kampala’s third annual Rolex pageant on a hilltop within the Ugandan capital on Sunday (Aug 19), there have been no stalls to be seen promoting expensive wrist put on.
In Uganda, the Rolex is the nation’s favorite snack, a sandwich made up of an omelette and chapati bread, and it derives its identify from a play on the phrases “rolled eggs”.
Organisers hope the pageant will flip what many regard as a poor man’s supper right into a vacationer attraction.
“Rolex is a delicacy in Uganda,” Tourism Board official Patrick Muhire instructed AFP.
The dish, which originated within the jap city of Busoga, shortly grew to become widespread amongst college students at Makerere University in Kampala: at round 1,000 Ugandan shillings (S$zero.37), it was not solely nourishing, however very reasonably priced as effectively.
Its enchantment unfold quickly from there.
“Most people took it to be a poor man’s food. But with the festival, it is being accepted by the elites as … a national delicacy,” Muhire mentioned.
“Ever since we started the annual Rolex festival, there are restaurants which have started doing the Rolex and some hotels have embraced it, too,” he continued.
There are already many regional variants of the “Rolex”.
In jap Uganda, for instance, bamboo sprouts are blended in with the chapati, whereas within the north, cooked greens are added.
It is available in varied sizes, too, with the super-sized “Swazzneggar Rolex” – cheekily named after Hollywood muscleman Arnold Schwarzenegger – utilizing between six and 10 eggs and sufficiently big to feed a whole household.
At the pageant, Indian, Mexican and Kenyan cooks all provide their very own particular takes on the sandwich.
There’s additionally a whiff of politics within the air, with the music of Bobi Wine blaring from the loudspeakers because the queueing prospects wait for his or her meals.
Wine is the stage identify of Robert Kyagulanyi, a popstar-turned-politician who is a fierce critic of President Yoweri Museveni.
Kyagulanyi is presently in jail for the unlawful possession of firearms.