A Taste of South Africa – South African food and cuisine
South African food and cuisine reflects the huge variety of cultures and traditions that inhabit the country, as well as external cultural influences from around the world. As a result, you can expect a medley of delicious tastes, textures and aromas. At The Lodge, we aim to offer a tribute to the diverse cuisine of Southern Africa through our signature dishes.
Here’s a few of our favourite traditional dishes that you may not have heard of before; why not give them a try on your next visit?
Biltong- Often eaten as a snack, Biltong is a tasty spiced cured meat. Beef is the most popular meat of choice but chicken and game meat can also be used. After curing and marinating for 24 hours, the meat is then hung on hooks to air dry for up to a week before slicing to the desired size. Originally, curing meat was used purely as a preservation method, but nowadays, Biltong is a snack enjoyed both in South Africa and around the world. It is also often added to Potjiekos (stew) recipes for added flavour.
Regularly compared to beef jerky, there are some key differences. Biltong is usually cut thicker, is unsmoked, and uses vinegar and spices in addition to salt to add texture and flavour. The production techniques also differ resulting in contrasting flavours; Biltong having a distinct meaty taste and jerky having a lingering smokey taste.
Boerewors- Boerewors or “farmer’s sausage” is a type of beef sausage that must be made from at least 90% meat to take the name officially. This robust and flavourful sausage contains spices such as nutmeg, coriander and cloves and also vinegar for a truly unique taste, and locals will usually have their own special recipe. The meat is coarse-ground which gives a Boerewors a much more solid and chunkier texture than other types of sausages.
This traditional South African dish is always guaranteed to be found at any Braai event and it compliments the other grilled food perfectly.
Mieliepap- Mieliepap (or ‘pap’ for short) is a popular accompaniment to many South African dishes. Mielie Meal (a coarse flour) is added to boiling water with a little seasoning to make a firm dish which is usually eaten with meat and dishes with sauce such as Potjiekos and Chakalaka (see below). A staple part of the South African diet, this hearty side dish is not only versatile but nutritious too, containing numerous vitamins, fibre and protein.
Chakalaka- Chakalaka is a spicy tomato relish that combines vegetables such as peppers, onions, carrots with spices for a delicious meal accompaniment. Most South Africans will have their own special blend but the great thing about this dish is that the vegetables and spices can be adapted to suit individual tastes.
A bowl of Chakalaka is the perfect addition to any dining table and will always appear at any South African feast. Often served with meat dishes and Mieliepap (see above).
Bunny Chow- Despite the name, Bunny Chow actually has nothing to do with rabbits, but is in fact a rich stew served inside a half loaf of bread or a bun. The beauty of this dish is that it can be eaten without the need for any crockery or utensils, as the bread ‘bowl’ can be eaten at the end.
Here is how you can have your chance to experience the very best in South African food and cuisine.
Call us now on +357 96677288 to book your table with us to enjoy these and many more dishes from our varied menu.