south africa foods

Here are five South African foods you must try. Image: canva

Five South African foods you must try when you visit

While there are plenty of dishes to try in South Africa when you visit, these five proudly South African options are a MUST…

south africa foods

Here are five South African foods you must try. Image: canva

South Africa offers a diverse and flavourful culinary experience with influences from various cultures. Here are five foods you must-try foods in South Africa…


You can’t beat a biltong snack. Image: Canva

Biltong is a popular South African snack that consists of dried and cured meat, usually beef or game meat. The meat is seasoned with a mixture of spices like coriander and pepper before being air-dried. It’s similar to beef jerky but has a distinct flavour and texture.

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Bobotie. Image: Canva

Bobotie is a traditional South African dish with Cape Malay origins. It’s a spiced and baked minced meat dish, often made with ground beef or lamb, mixed with curry spices, and topped with a savoury egg-based custard. It’s usually served with rice and chutney.


Sizzling borewors straight from the braai. Image: Canva

Boerewors, meaning “farmer’s sausage” in Afrikaans, is a flavourful sausage made from a mixture of beef and pork, or even lamb. The meat is seasoned with a blend of spices, including coriander, nutmeg, and cloves. Boerewors is often enjoyed at South African braais and is a staple at social gatherings.

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Bunny chow

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A bunny chow is not to be missed. Image: Canva

Bunny chow is a unique South African fast food dish that originated in the Indian community of Durban. It consists of a hollowed-out loaf of bread filled with curry. The filling can be chicken, lamb, or vegetarian, and the bread that’s removed is often used as a lid. It’s a delicious and hearty street food option.

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Malva pudding

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Something special for your sweet tooth. Image: Canva

For dessert, don’t miss malva pudding, a sweet and sticky sponge pudding of Cape Dutch origin. It’s served warm and usually accompanied by a creamy sauce or custard. The South African pudding is made with apricot jam and has a rich, caramelised flavour that makes it a favourite among locals and visitors alike.