The Best Foods In South Africa


The Best Foods In South Africa

South Africa is a popular destination for tourists from all over the world, and everyone visits the country for a different reason. Some come for the incredible scenery, others for the wildlife, while some want to experience the unique cultures that the country has to offer.

There are few things that make a culture what it is like food, and thanks to the many cultures that live within the country, there are a wide variety of different foods to try and experience.

Depending on where you land in the country, the food you may come across can be completely different. Whether it’s food that’s been inspired by the British, or something classically Afrikaans or traditionally Zulu, the various foods in South Africa will make any visitor happy, even if you’re not a foodie.

So if you intend to visit the beautiful city of Cape Town or the multiculturalism hub of Durban, these are the top best foods in the country to give a try at least once.

1. Biltong

Biltong is a dried meat, often beef, although it can be from other animals, and is seasoned and salted according the recipe of the chef making it.

Biltong is beloved around the country, and one of South Africa’s most popular foods for both locals and tourists.

It also makes the perfect snack, keeping you topped up whether you’re out in the Kruger Park or sitting at home enjoying some bingo for money.

2. Curry

Many might not know this about the country, but Kwa-Zulu Natal on the east coast of South Africa has the biggest Indian population in the world outside of India.

The Indians that came to the country brought much of their culture with them, and while many of the foods have remained traditional, there’s no denying that there is some South African influence on many of the dishes.

A plate of Indian curry from Durban is one of the best meals you can find in the country.

3. Malva Pudding

Malva Pudding is a sweet dessert that can trace its origins back to the Cape Malay of South Africa, a community part of the Western Cape. The pudding contains apricot jam that is surrounded by a spongy, caramelized cake.

It is often served with cream or ice cream, and has become a popular choice at South African restaurants.

The pudding gained international prominence after Oprah Winfrey’s personal chef served it to her.

4. Boerewors

Boerewors is a traditional South African sausage often made with beef or buck, served either on its own with vegetables or with other meats, or on a bun, similar to a hot dog.

The sausage is made with various spices, including coriander, giving it a unique flavour, and is especially good with fried onions or a homemade tomato sauce.


5. The Braai

While not a single food as much, a braai is nonetheless worth checking out if you’re visiting the country. Similar to a barbecue, a braai consists of various types of meats cooked over a grill or open flame.

Along with the food, braais are social gatherings that include plenty of drinking and entertainment, all under a beautiful South African summer evening sky.

These are just a few of the best foods South Africa has to offer, and should make any tourist want to visit again in the future.