South Africa Food and Drink
The cuisine of South Africa is often referred to as ‘Rainbow cuisine’ as it reflects the various cultural influences that have existed in the country since colonial times. The impact of Dutch, Malay, British, German, Indian and Portuguese people, as well as local indigenous tribes can be experienced in dishes from around the country. South African cities are quite cosmopolitan and modern, as such, international fare is readily available, and is, in some cases, easier to sample than indigenous South African food!
Popular dishes include:
Braaivleis: This dish consists of meat that is roasted over an open wood or charcoal fire. The ‘braai’ as it is commonly known is more than just a meal; it is a social event and a staple of South African culture regardless of race or ethnicity.
Biltong: This is seasoned meat or sausage that has been dried. Beef, game and ostrich meat are commonly used. The meat is left to dry anywhere from five days to two weeks. Biltong is a very popular snack for native South Africans and visitors alike.
Bunny chows: A South African fast food dish, Bunny chows are dishes that contain a hollowed out loaf of bread that is filled with curry. Originating in Durban, this meal came from the Indian community living there. Bunny chows come in quarter, half and full loaves.
Bobotie: The South African version of shepherd’s pie, Bobotie is the result of Malay influences felt in the country. It is a curried mince stew with various additions including raisins and almonds, served with a baked egg on top.
Boerewors: This is a traditional Afrikaner dish of farmer’s sausage, made from a mixture of beef and pork, flavoured with coriander and other spices.
South Africans love beer and the local market is dominated by SABMiller who produce Castle, Castle Milk Stout and Black Label. Other popular international brands include Stella Artois, Heineken and Grolsch. South African wine is well known around the world with Cape Town housing major vineyards and production centres at Paarl, Stellenbosch and Worcester. Indigenous drinks include umqombothi which is a home brewed sorghum beer, rooibos tea which is a red leafed tea grown in Western Cape and Amarula cream, a sweet creamy liqueur made from the fruit of the Marula tree.
Things to Know:
Tipping is widely practiced in South Africa with 10-15% being standard practice for good service in restaurants and bars. (For airport porters, R5-R10 per piece of luggage, hotel porters, R10-R20 per service).
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