10 Traditional South African Dishes

10 Traditional South African Dishes


Biltong is a fried, cured, and spiced meat that is probably the most common South African snack. Biltong and American beef jerky have some similarities, despite the fact that they are not as good. While beef biltong is still popular, venison biltong is still popular. There are also more unusual varieties, such as chicken biltong. Many potjiekos recipes include it as an ingredient, and it’s served as a snack at just about every social gathering.


Boerewors (short for “farmer’s sausage”) are a form of beef mince sausage that must contain at least 90% meat to be considered boerewors. The mince mixture has a distinct flavour thanks to spices like coriander, cloves, and nutmeg. Many residents enjoy making their own boerewors, and it is often one of the meats served at a braai.


Bokkom is a South African dish from the West Coast region that is not to everyone’s taste. The entire, small mullet fish is then salted after drying in the sun and wind. The dried fish, also known as fish biltong, is commonly eaten as a snack, but it can also be used in pastas, soups, and other dishes.


Bobotie is a dinnertime favorite that consists of spiced mince, an egg-based topping, and commonly added raisins or sultanas. The dish has a sweet flavor with a Cape Malay influence and contains curry, turmeric, and almonds.


Koeksisters, a delicious tea-time treat made by frying pleated-dough bits, are made even sweeter when a sugary syrup is added. They have a golden, crunchy crust with a creamy, doughnut-like center that is extremely sticky. In contrast to the more traditional sweet version, the Cape Malay version is rolled in desiccated coconut and has a slightly spicy flavour.

Malva Pudding

Malva pudding is a South African dessert with apricot jam, a spongy texture, and a caramel flavor. Those who bake it pour a cream-based sauce over the pudding after it comes out of the oven. As a result, you will have a sticky, fluffy, cake-like dessert. It is a South African favorite, and it’s usually eaten with hot custard or vanilla ice cream.


It is uncommon to encounter a South African who does not like this traditional dish. A milktart (Afrikaans: melktert) is a pie-like dessert with a sweet pastry crust and a fluffy filling of milk, flour, sugar, and eggs. Most supermarkets sell it whole, and almost every family has their own secret recipe.


South Africans cook potjiekos (or pot food) over an open fire in a round cast-iron pot. Modern variants of the traditional dish, which is made with meat and vegetables, have become popular. Cooking potjiekos is a fun and easy way to feed a wide number of people.


Vetkoek is a fried doughbread that is common in Afrikaner cuisine. The word oliebollen comes from the Dutch and means “fat cake.” It can be served with a variety of sweet and savory toppings, such as minced curry and chutney.


Chakalaka is a spicy relish made from vegetables like peppers, onions, carrots, and tomatoes. It’s often served at braais to complement side dishes like pap (a smoother version of polenta), but it also pairs well with boerewors.

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