10 Typical South African Dishes You Must Try
No trip to South Africa would be complete without getting a taste of the local cuisine. The local food of South Africa is known for being not just incredibly delicious, but also some of the healthiest food in the continent. Drawing inspiration from the indigenous population, the French, Malaysians, Indians and Dutch, the food in this area is definitely worth experiencing. From meat-stuffed dishes to custard-filled pastries, their vibrant cuisine is sure to excite everyone's palate.
A favorite snack among locals, this delicacy is essentially dried and cured meat cut into strips varying in thickness. Although chicken and bacon biltong exist, beef and game are the most common types of biltong meats. “Game” refers to the animals of the bush - including impala, kudu, wildebeest, and ostrich.
A delicious mix of curried meat baked with an egg-based topping. This hearty meal has several variations and is considered today as the national dish of South Africa.
Typically served as a sweet porridge, this dish is a staple part of South African Cuisine. A relatively coarse flour made from maize (also known as corn) which is known as mielies or mealies in southern Africa.
This is a very popular sausage dish in South Africa. It consists of either seasoned pork or beef that has been coarsely minced, there are times that it is made of minced lamb as well.
A sweet treat, malva pudding is usually served hot with custard or ice-cream and is a typical South African dessert often enjoyed as a warm pudding in winter or at Christmas.
A decadent dessert, this creamy and luxurious sweet pie is a traditional dish and well-loved y South Africans. This delicate treat comes with a flaky crust and topped with a generous dusting of cinnamon.
South Africa's favorite stew. The dish consists of a variety of ingredients, typically meat and vegetables, layered in a round cast-iron pot and placed on open coals.
Also known as the South African Fat Cake, this dish is deep-fried yeast buns that can be served as a snack, for breakfast or lunch. It is usually paired with apricot jam, cheese or minced curry.
A spicy tomato bean relish bursting with intense flavors. Usually served with bread, this colorful vegetarian dish delights the senses.
A confectionery delight, this dish is a sticky and sweet donut treat. Crunchy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside and typically drenched in syrup, this is the perfect tea time snack.
Don't miss out on the amazing culinary journey that South Africa has to offer. Make sure to prepare your appetite for the gastronomic delight that this country has in store for you.