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Considered the country’s national dish, bobotie is a South African icon. Heavily influenced by the country’s Southeast Asian community, this baked dish is made using curried mincemeat and dried fruit, which is topped with a mixture of egg and milk and baked until set. Something like South Africa’s answer to moussaka, pick up a slice of bobotie at the Wharf Centre in Cape Town.
Derived from the Afrikaans and Dutch words boer (farmer) and wors (sausage), boerewors is a traditional South African sausage. Made with a mix of beef, pork or lamb, the mince is flavoured with a mixture of spices and cooked on the barbecue. You can pick up a coil of boerewors from the Butcher Man in Cape Town.
South Africa’s Southeast Asian communities have had a massive influence on the local cuisine. One of the local favourites, Cape Malay Curry, has become a staple of the South African kitchen. Made with either chicken or beef, this curry is spiced with cinnamon, turmeric and chilli and served with fragrant saffron rice.
If you love sticky date pudding, you’ll go nuts over malva pudding. Another legacy of the Dutch, malva pudding is a sweet, sticky sponge cake made with apricot jam and smothered in a hot cream or toffee sauce. A staple of Sunday lunch, pick up a serve from Moyo Restaurant in Johannesburg.
Originating in the city of Durban, bunny chow has quickly become one of the most popular snacks in South Africa. Sold by street vendors all over the country, this sandwich is made using a hollowed-out loaf of bread, which is stuffed with spicy curry. Pick up a loaf from Capsicum Restaurant in Durban.