I have been asked about the Food in South Africa. This article is about what I have tasted and heard so far about it. It is far from being complete and I guess that I will have to make several updates in the nearer future.
Samp is maize (Maismehl) cooked with beans. I tasted it once since I arrived here and I think that I like Pap better. Nevertheless, I suppose that every region and perhaps every family has its own way of preparing Samp and I hope that I can try some more of it.
The best way to describe Pap as I have eaten it, is to say that it is like Polenta. It is also made form maize and you eat it with a sauce of tomato and onions and I love it. Another meal is referred as African Salad: It is a more liquid Pap with sour milk – not tasted yet.
Skop (sheep’s head) is also traditional and very popular in townships but I have not tasted it yet.
What I’ve tasted is Bunchaw – it’s (sorry guys, don’t know how to say this in English):
– wie ein Berliner, aber mit gegrillter Hähnchenleber gefüllt.
– Un beignet avec le foie de poulet
I hear you say: How disgusting! But believe me it is not as bad as it may sound. When I told Phelo that we eat this kind of stuff with jam, he told me that this is disgusting. I really like the way people look at and argue about food 😉
What else? Well, I’ve been told that the most popular meal in South Africa is meat. I think the most common is rice with something – vegetables, sauce, and meat. This is my lunch most of the time – rice, chicken, vegetables – nice! Potatoes count as vegetables and bread is not very common. Of course you find it but the variety of bread is very, very limited.
The cooking is quite influenced by English (chutney), Indian (curry), Dutch (stew) and other “cooking” traditions.
Saturday, I am invited to a braai (South African BBQ) so I will be able to tell you next week how this looks and tastes like.
I think there are two typical South African drinks I’ve tasted so far:
- Rooibos tea
Rooibos tea is known in Europe, I think. And when it comes to Savanna I don’t want to deprive anybody coming to SA the first time to discover this on his or her own. But let me say, it is sweet, slightly alcoholic, and I like it.
You can buy beer, Heineken and this stuff but you have problems finding real (= German) beer.
Soft drinks are very popular and juice is quite expensive.
In Cape Town, you can drink tap water and that’s what I drink most of time.
I hope that this was helpful. But the best is anyway to come and taste on your own!
P.S. Sorry, no photos for this post. Even with Google Image, I found no satisfying pictures.