Fascinating: 9 dishes of South Africa that will make your mouth water

Fascinating and colorful, the South African food reflects the cultural diversity of their country. At first sight, it may be surprising for novices. Those who have taken the plunge know that it keeps its promises.

1. Pap

This cereal porridge is the iconic food of the South African ancestral cuisine. Very consumed in the townships and rural areas, it may be the daily meal. This slurry can be called “pap” for the most liquid corn porridge, or ‘samp’ for less liquid corn grits.


2. biltong

This dried meat prepared beef meat is served at any time of the day. The ostrich, springbok or antelope can be used for preparing biltong. The meat is seasoned vinegar-based, salt, coriander, black pepper and sugar. This is a must snack rich in protein.



3. sosaties

These skewers marinated with curry and grilled making a killing in South Africa. This dish is rich in spices, is part of the Asian culinary heritage in South Africa. The word comes from sosatie “sate” meaning skewered meat, and “saus” which means spicy sauce.


4. chakalaka

This preparation consists of spicy shredded carrots, onion rings, red pepper, green pepper and a secret ingredient that makes it so unique. It is often served with a fermented milk called amasi.




5. The boerewors sausage

Typical of South Africa, this variety of spicy sausage is grilled on roadside stands. It is then placed in a bun and covered with mustard or tomato sauce. A real delight. The sausage consists of a mixture of lamb, beef, and pork (90%) along with spices (10%).The name of the sausage in Afrikaans means “farmer sausage”.


6. The braai

These various grills are common currency in South Africa during convivial meals. They are of course served and accompanied by beers! South Africans celebrate the annual “Heritage Day”, commonly called “braai day” on 24 September. To date, the South Africans commemorate the diversity of the country around good grills.




7. bobotie

This dish, which looks like a Shepherd’s Pie, consists of ground meat with curry powder and lemon juice. This recipe has spread in many African colonies since the 17 thcentury, particularly in Kenya, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia.


8. amadumbe

The amadumbe is a variant of the sweet potato. It is often served mashed with butter, roasted peanuts, a little honey. You will find this dish in almost all South African restaurants.


9. koeksisters

This pastry is made from donut dough and flavored syrup with cinnamon and ginger. A braided dough and fried soaked in syrup which South Africans are crazy! The name comes from the Dutch “koek” which means cake. The koeksister is eaten cold habit.


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