5 South African Dishes To Try

When you think of world cuisine which countries first jump to mind? Is it Greece or France? Perhaps Spain or Italy? I’m quite sure that you wouldn’t immediately think of South Africa.

South African food ranges a whole host of flavours and textures, so whatever your taste buds prefer; there’ll be something for you.

Here we’re going to look at 5 of the most popular South African foods.

Biltong - This cured meat isn’t too dissimilar to jerky. It’s a healthy snack that tastes great every time. It’s the perfect accompaniment to a beer. The difference between jerky and biltong is their production and final taste. Biltong isn’t quite as sweet and is usually thicker than its jerky counterpart. If you’d like to try this South African delicacy then we can help.

Boerewors – This sausage is usually made up of 90% meat and 10% spices and other ingredients. Boerewors are usually grilled outside as part of a Braai (South African BBQ) and works well with many foods. As with most sausages though, it’s best on bread with onion and relish. In 2011 the longest boerewors was made measuring 514.5 metres in length.

Bobotie - This is a dish containing spiced mince meat baked with an egg based topping. It’s sometimes made with curry powder to help give it a slight kick. If you have more of a sweeter pallet then you can go for the more traditional recipe which features sultanas and raisins.

Vetkoek – Literally meaning ‘Fat Cake’ in English this is deep fried dough filled with either something savoury like mince meat or something sweet like honey. It’s one of the few meals that could work either as a main course or dessert. If you choose to go down the more savoury route then note that they usually work well with boerewors at Braais.

Bunny Chow – This is a fast food dish that involves a hollowed out loaf of bread filled with curry. It isn’t the healthiest on the list, but it’s definitely one of the tastiest. They’re usually eaten by hand and can be bought wrapped in yesterday’s newspaper. Not too dissimilar to Britain’s very own fish and chips!

So there you have it! 5 South African Dishes that you probably haven’t heard of, but have to try.