It’s been a while since our first post on South African foods, and we thought it high time we continued with the list. We’re of the firm belief that one of the best ways to get to know a country is through its traditional dishes… Of course, who could resist the opportunity to eat their way around somewhere as beautiful as South Africa?
6. Malva Pudding
You would be hard-pressed to find a South African who doesn’t have a soft spot for this decadent delight. This self-saucing, oven-baked pudding is everything a warm dessert should be: gooey, sticky, moist, and delectably rich. Traditionally served with custard, Malva Pudding is to South Africa what sticky toffee pudding is to the UK.
This is the kind of meal that really sticks to your ribs. Fragrant, Cape Malay spiced mince topped with a soft egg custard and dotted with bay leaves – what more could you ask for? Traditionally served with a side of raisin-bejewelled yellow rice, Bobotie is one of those fruity main meals a person can easily become addicted to.
8. Bunny Chow
Hailing from the streets of Durban, Bunny Chow is ideal for curry lovers who never know quite how to mop up that delicious gravy… Served in either half or a quarter loaf of bread, the Bunny Chow is the original bread bowl – and its popularity is certainly deserved.
It’s fun to say and doubly as enjoyable to eat. Chakalaka is one of those dishes that varies slightly from one household to the next. The basic concept, however, stays the same. This spicy vegetable relish is usually served as a side with braai meat and pap. Though you may want to give it a bash with your fried eggs on a weekend morning – it’s so versatile you’ll probably serve it up with almost every meal.
Think of these as the humble vetkoek’s sassy, syrupy cousin. These braided, deep-fried delights are drenched in a sticky, spicy syrup. One bite and you’ll be instantly hooked – those are the facts. This dessert is ideal for people with a serious sweet tooth. When it comes to decadent sweetness, the koeksister means business.
Stay tuned for our future updates on this list of South African food favourites.
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