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Food in South Africa
South Africa's cuisine
South Africa's cuisine,
a fascinating culinary experience
If you are wondering what kind South Africa
cuisine you can expect to find when visiting our country, you are not alone. Many visitors to South
Africa are overwhelmed with the extraordinary variety of its different culinary
South Africa can be said to have a real "eating out" culture. On this page you will find a birds
eye view of the main culinary features of modern-day cooking in South Africa, to help you find your
way around the variety of cuisines it has on.
Amidst the endless variety of indigenous South African and African cuisines, you will come across
many excellent restaurants that offer modern-day International cuisine.
And then of course, there is the multitude of fast-food outlets like Mc. Donalds, Kentucky fried
chicken, Nando’s peri peri chicken, Steer’s hamburgers and Burger King to name but some of the
The one feature that stands out in South Africa's present-day cuisine, is its affordability.
Meals inour country cost much less then what they would abroad. You may expect to pay about half of
what you would anywhere else.
Cape Colony restaurant at the Mount Nelson hotel in Cape Town - South Africa cuisine
copyright © Mount Nelson hotel
Seafood such as mussels, oysters, abalone, crab, crayfish and a variety of fish, fresh from the sea, is very
popular, hugely affordable and of excellent quality. Visitors from the Far East in particular are fond of
the abundance and variety of South Africa’s seafood cuisine.
No South African meal is really complete without red meat - South Africa cuisine
No South African meal is really complete without red meat, especially when combined with a robust Cape red
wine. An outing to an up-market steakhouse
is a must when you visit South Africa. You won’t believe
the size and quality of the cuts of succulent beef or fragrant lamb chops on your plates, compared with
what you pay for it.
Exotic culinary challenges for the daring and adventurous - South Africa cuisine
For the daring and adventurous visitors, South Africa offers exotic culinary challenges
warthog, crocodile, elephant, ostrich, goat, guinea fowl, sheep heads, Mashonzha (fried mopani cater
pillars) and tripe (made from the lining of a sheep’s stomach). These exotic dishes prepared the authentic
African way, are really delicious.
Endless variety of spices and curries
The use of an endless variety of spices and curries
introduced by the slaves brought in from the Far
East in the 17th century combined with the early days Dutch hotpot cooking has created what is known today
as the Cape Dutch cuisine. Delicious “bredie” (stew) type dishes, spicy without burning and with a
Bunny Chow, example of the Indian contribution to our South Africa cuisine
Fusion cooking and innovative adaptations, the merging of different cuisines in a single dish
, is a
delicious rainbow culinary experience. The well known "bunny chow" is a typical fast-food type example of
merging Indian and European cuisines. It is simply a hollowed out half loaf of bread filled with a steaming,
spicy Indian curry stew.
A shebeen in Soweto
In most of South African cities you will find restaurants serving authentic African cuisine and not only
from South Africa but also from a variety of countries and cultures across the African continent. A great
traditional African cuisine experience is to go on a township tour, where you will have the opportunity to
eat and drink with black Africans in a "Shebeen"
(indigenous bar and restaurant in a township).
South African breakfast, the perfect start of your day - South Africa cuisine
A visit to South Africa will make you realize how good a full South African breakfast really is.
Eggs, bacon, sausages, mushrooms, toast, smoked salmon, corn fritters, eggs benedict and flapjacks, next to
European-style pastries and coffee, toast and jams, porridge and creams. make your choice, it’s all readily
Healthy country food - South Africa cuisine
Vegetarians will have no problem
in finding delicious meals that will suit their taste, especially
in the larger cities. There are a considerable number of restaurants that specialize in vegetarian cuisine
and many others have made it a part of their menu. Health food and vegetarian ingredients are readily
available in supermarkets and specialized stores.
As you can see, South Africa offers something for every taste, a variety of culinary experiences
unequalled in the world.
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