A country and its culture can truly be expressed through its cuisine, and in South Africa, that means diversity! For visitors looking for authentic local flavours, we have hand-selected a menu filled with our favourite cuisines to give you a taste of South African life.
Curry in a Hurry!
If good Indian curry whets your appetite, head to Durban.
A popular curry dish in Durban is the Bunny Chow, which is essentially any type of curry (chicken, mutton, vegetable or beans) served inside of a half or quarter scooped-out loaf of bread. The scooped-out bread is placed on top of the curry.
Where does this unique street food originate from? There are many legends about the origin of the Bunny Chow, but the only known fact is that it first hit the scene during the apartheid era. Some suggest that the dish was created as a way to serve food to Indians who were not allowed in certain restaurants and cafes at the time; the shop-owners found a way to serve these people through back windows, which became known as ‘takeaways.’ Others suggest that Indian migrant workers needed a way to carry their lunches to the sugar cane fields and the most convenient way was by filling a scooped-out loaf of bread with their curry.
So how do you eat this Bunny Chow? With your hands, of course! Unwrap your Bunny Chow and dip the scooped-out bread into the curry. Once you’ve eaten all of the scooped-out bread, pick up your bunny and chow it by nibbling around the edges first.
TIP: Bunny Chows are messy and spicy. Be sure to have serviettes and a beverage close by!
Best Bunnies in Durban:
- Cane Cutters
- Bon Bon’s Bake ‘n Take
- Danny’s House of Curries
Braai in Jozi
When in Johannesburg… make time for a braai!
A braai simply means to barbecue meat over hot coals and is a South African tradition. There’s even a local public holiday – Heritage Day – which locals fondly refer to as “Braai Day.” A braai is the perfect excuse to gather around the fire, sharing food and socialising. Beef, chicken, pork, lamb and sausage are generally grilled and enjoyed at braais.
Best places to experience a braai in Johannesburg:
- Sha’p Braai
- MASH Braai South
Cape Malay Cuisine in the Mother City
Cape Town is a delight for foodies, but if you’re in search of something truly unique to the city, then treat your tastebuds to Cape Malay cuisine. Known for its fusion of cooking traditions from Malaysian, Indonesian and East African slaves who were brought to Cape Town by Dutch settlers, this particular cuisine remains an important part of the culture and heritage in Cape Town, specifically amongst the coloured and muslim community.
Stews (bredies) such as tomato bredie, biryani, curry, bobotie, rotis, samoosas and dhaltjies are quite popular. The aromatic nature of Cape Malay cuisine is due to its blend of spices such as cumin, coriander, cinnamon, cardamom and turmeric that give it a distinctive flavour.
Cape Malay cuisine is best enjoyed in the Bo Kaap. You can experience a Cape Malay cooking class or indulge in Cape Malay cuisine prepared by locals.
Best Cape Malay restaurants in Cape Town:
- Marco’s African Place
- Bo Kaap Kombuis
Oudtshoorn is known as the “Ostrich Capital of the World” so it’s no wonder that ostrich meat features prominently on the local menu!
Oudtshoorn has established a good reputation for fine dining offered by a large number of its restaurants. Ostrich is a versatile red meat; it makes a delicious steak, burger, carpaccio, pâté and so much more! An ostrich egg weighs as much as roughly 25 hen eggs and has a richer taste. Ostrich eggs are best enjoyed scrambled or fried.
Best places to enjoy Ostrich in Oudtshoorn:
- Jemima’s Restaurant
- Headlines Restaurant
- The Black Swan
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