The Food of South Africa

I had a chance to experience a food journey through my few weeks in South Africa. Here are some pictures of memorable food items.

Some local dishes include:

Bobotie:  Slightly spicy Cape Malay (ethnic group in South Africa of Muslim/Southeast Asian descent) dish which is comprised of curried baked minced meat.  Similar to shepherd’s pie.
Biltong:  Dried, salty strips of beef. Similar to beef jerky in the United States.

A Little Spicy

Dishes shown below are from the restaurant Biesmiellah in Cape Town in the Cape Malay district.  Dishes include somosas, daltijes (chili bites), sweet and sour lamb stew, and penang curry.

A Little More Meat

Some popular dishes in South Africa consist of ostrich meat especially since Oudtshoorn is home to the world’s largest ostrich population. A restaurant to try ostrich and other game meat such as kudu and venison is Jemima’s in Oudtshoorn.

For some seafood, try Ocean Basket, a popular seafood chain in South Africa.  The restaurant has reasonable prices (under $15 USD) and fresh seafood.  Try the prawns and fish combo.  It is quite delicious.



A little snack

For those food cravings while driving on the road, try biltong (dried beef), Simba potato chips, and an appletiser (carbonated fruit drink).  The snacks came handy for the long travel days. Yum!


About Jan

In 2004 and 2010, I set aside time to travel the world in 3 parts. In 2004, I traveled to Thailand, Europe, and Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. In 2010, I traveled to 3 continents: Asia, South America, and Africa. I am not sure if I have a fascination with the number 3, but I seem to be constantly traveling by numbers.
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3 Responses to The Food of South Africa

  1. Garson says:

    Excellent shots ! Oxtails are nice, but chowing on springboks alone is worth the plane ride to SA….

  2. Shu says:

    MMMM YUMM=) I like the Simba chips and it seems like there is a lot of red meat in their dishes!!

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