Food in South Africa: Springbok or Bunny Chow?
There are a wide variety of foods available in South Africa, from indigenous Khoisan, Xhosa and Zulu foods, to spicy Indian cuisine brought over with thousands of Indian workers in the 19th century, to plenty of colonial Afrikaans dishes, too. You’ll find something delicious for all tastes and budgets.
At the high end, there are many 5-star restaurants to get any hardcore foodie excited, such as Le Quartier Francais. Included in many top 50 and top 10 lists for restaurants around the world, the restaurant’s multi-course meals will please your taste buds as well as your eyes. One bite of its beetroot sponge with cucumber-dill granita and yogurt will have you longing for more.
At the low end, bunny chow is found in many South African towns with a strong Indian population. It’s a spicy meat or vegetable curry served in a bowl made from a white bread loaf. A great late-night snack to satisfy your hunger.
Some other interesting foods you can find in South Africa include springbok and kudu, both of which are a type of local antelope. Ostrich is a favorite dish here as well — very lean and low in cholesterol. Rabbit, mutton, goat and choice Chalmar beef (shown in photo) grace the menus of many restaurants. There is plenty of seafood, too! Fresh oysters and abalone are available along South Africa’s coast.
Meat is a big deal in South Africa, and a traditional braai (South African BBQ) is something every traveler should experience. Along with all the meat you’re bound to find Ppap, a type of porridge made from corn. Cooking homemade bread-on-a-stick over hot coals at a braai is a great way to make some new friends.
To wash down all that tasty food, a steaming glass of rooibos tea, Amarula hot chocolate or homemade Zulu beer are just the ticket!
My stomach was pleasantly surprised by all the diverse and unique foods available in South Africa.