5 comments on “Food in Rwanda

  1. Thanks Janice for a great overview of food and customs in Rwanda – just like we experienced with you. It was a wonderful enriching STM experience! Glad to see your productive kitchen garden. I will remember the twizzlers and chocolate if I am ever fortunate enough to drop in for a Fanta.

  2. Hi Jan and Jonathan! WOW!! What an awesome ( and surely time-consuming ) blog you wrote about food in Rwanda !! Now we can picture what it looks like when you sit down to eat. Thank yo SO much for taking the time to do this and for including pics as well.. We not only appreciated it , but thoroughly enjoyed it with lots of chuckles !! (especially about the ” invite yourself to someone’s house” custom). ‘wonder how that would go over in Canada šŸ™‚
    What happens if you don’t like Fanta? And really, is that all they drink there? What about milk or lemonade? Is tea popular? or Coffee?
    Do you ever have cake or cookies? Are there special Rwandan desserts? Do they have birthday cake?
    ( no rush to answer these questions….. just curious whenever you have time or the inclination to reply )

  3. Hi Olga. Here are the answers to your questions:
    Fanta is cheaper than bottled water, but you can always get a bottle of water if you prefer. People tend to drink tea in Rwanda, and a corner “alimentation” shop always has a hot thermos of icyayi chamata (tea with milk and sugar). Some Rwandans also drink coffee, and there are a number of very nice coffee shops which server espresso drinks (Rwanda is an exporter of coffee and tea).
    If you don’t like the Fanta (the food), then you are going to be hungry (although sometimes we take a granola bar as a discrete option)
    Most Rwandans live simply and a full stomach is the priority for eating. There is not much of a tradition for desserts except fresh fruit (pineapple, mangos, passion fruit, and bananas). The one sweet treat they have is mandazi, which is like a big timbit (cake doughnut) deep fried.
    Almost everyone cooks over an open fire, so baked goods are rare. Jan likes to invite the AEBR staff to our house to bake — they are amazed and delighted to learn new ways to cook, but none of then can afford a stove with an oven.
    There is one bakery downtown that makes birthday cakes.

  4. Hi Guys,
    Back from our regular STM in Oaxaca. So interesting to read all this food info! Do you miss the black beans and tortillas, deep fried or not? We had a good and safe trip, and some new experiences. Smaller group of kids this year – they need more staff to bring in more kids. Doug built a puppet theatre and a carpenter’s version of a beehive! No doubt he will tell you when we meet next time. God’s blessing to you, and love from us.

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