What is typical traditional South African food?
South Africa is known as the Rainbow Nation because of its variety of cultures and people. Due to this fact the South African kitchen doesn’t really have a specific national dish but boasts with a diversity of dishes. Some of the typical South African dishes are boerewors, stywe pap, mielie pap, vetkoek, rotis and samoosas. South Africans love meat, you will be amazed by the quantity and size of the meat portions. Typical braai meats are steaks, Boerewors (sausage rolled in a spiral) and chops (lamb or pork meat).
Other dishes typical South African are curries, due to Indian and Malay influences. Curies come in many varieties; fish, shrimp, goat meat, beef and chicken are a favourite.
A typical African dish, mostly eaten by the black people is Umngqusho or ‘samp and beans’ and ‘papâ’. Both dishes are made from corn and come with gravy, vegetables and/or meat.
On the streets you’ll see people selling fruit and vegetables, there’s nothing wrong with these products. Most of the times it’s cheaper to buy fruit and vegetables on the street and in this way you support the local community.
These are just some examples of traditional South African dishes, the South African kitchen has a lot of different flavours and dishes to offer, and we recommend trying them all if you can.