8 Must Try South African Foods

1. Bunny Chow

Bunny Chow is a Durban street food that is sure to fill the belly and satisfy the soul. First, you take a full loaf of bread and cut a slice off the top and hollow it out. Then you take a spicy curry with chicken, pork, or lentils and beans, and stuff the loaf of bread full to the top. A must try if you are in the Durban area and looking for a delicious meal. 

2. Cape Malay Curry

Cape Malay Curry is a dish with 17th-century roots. Brought by Indonesian and Malaysian slaves, Cape Malay Curry is a combination of traditional Malaysian styles of cooking and South African produce combined with spices such as cinnamon, saffron, turmeric, and chili. 

3. Braai

Braai is a must experience event in South Africa and a great way to get to know locals. Communities come together most weekends to take part in a Braai and often bring a large array of meats. Massive stone pits are filled with logs that are burned down to coals. Then massive metal grates are put over the coals and everyone puts down the meat they brought with them for the event. This is a great place to drink a cold beer with friends and/or talk with locals and hear stories about South African history. 

4. Chakalaka and Pap

Chakalaka and Pap is a dish eaten most commonly in the northern and eastern territories. Chakalaka is a vegetarian dish made of tomatoes, peppers, carrots, onions, beans, and spices and is often sold cold. Pap is a type of porridge and is similar to American grits made from white corn maize. 

5. Malva Pudding

Malva Pudding is a must try dessert or dinner if you are anything like us and love sweets. A sweet and sticky baked sponge made with apricot jam and smothered in hot cream sauce. This dish is made at most restaurants but is traditionally made for Sunday lunch (a traditional family event).  

6. Bobotie

Bobotie is a dish brought to South Africa by Asian settlers and has since become a traditional dish of South Africa. Minced meat combined with spices (usually curry) and dried fruit, topped with an egg and milk mixture and baked until set. This dish is often served with fresh banana slices and chutney and can be found in most restaurants. 

7. Boerewors

Boerewors is a traditional sausage made with beef mixed with lamb or pork and spices. Traditionally Boerewors is served in a coiled shape and grilled on the Braai. Our best way to eat Boerewors is in a bun with Mrs. Balls Chutney.

8. Braai Bread

Braai Bread is a great vegetarian option at a traditional Braai. A sandwich of tomato, cheddar cheese, and chutney, grilled to perfection on the hot coals of a Braai. This dish also makes a great side dish for any meat.