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The spice vegetable relish of chakalaka is a favourite in South Africa, and a must try when visiting Cape Town. Usually consisting of beans, tomato, onion, garlic, and some curry paste, it can be sampled with meats at the traditional butchery of Mzoli's.
Cooking meats on an open fire is referred to as ‘shisa nyama’ in South Africa. Much like a barbecue in other parts of the world, this tradition brings people together families and friends, and is something of a ceremonious occasion. Shisa nyama is dished up authentically at The Duncan Shisanyama.
Thanks to South Africa’s large Indian population, dishes like bunny chow have become a feature in the country’s most beloved dishes. A hollowed out loaf of bread filled to the rim with fragrant curry, bunny chow will become a favourite on your trip to Cape Town.
Picture spaghetti mince topped with a creamy omelette and your part way to understanding the deliciousness of bobotie. Throw in a few pine nuts, raisins and a rainbow of herbs and spices and you’re even closer. Sample this heartwarming dish at Cape Town’s Wharf Centre for the added bonus of harbour views.