6 Local Dishes to Try When in Cape Town
Best of Cape Town Food
Cape Town is a multi-cultural city and you can see that in many Cape Town food and cuisines. Here are 6 local dishes to try when in Cape Town as a tourist. The food here is difficult to be called fully authentic since there was a mixture with another culture once in the past. However, these dishes here are the ones you can only get in Cape Town and no other place in the world.
Braai a Delicious Barbeque Meat
Braai is a Afrikaans word which relate to the town’s traditional barbecue. Braais is a favorite Cape Town food that comes with lots of meat cooked at backyards. This dish is made out of charcoal which is derived from slow burnt wood, Charcoal is the most favored heating method since is gives more smoky flavor to the grilling meat. Also, Braii goes very well with potjie especially on outdoor gatherings. Most braais include boerewors which is a local spiced sausage, as well as beef, pork or lamb chops. In some places like Mzoli’s in Guguletu, you can get the meat of your choice and let the chefs cook it in front of you.
Bobotie a Malay Dish With a Dutch Twist
Bobotie has a Malay origin with a Dutch twist that comes with minced beef with a custard of milk and eggs on top. This dish has a distinct smell that comes from the spices and dried fruit inside. Bobotie is sweet and sour that has a hint of spice. This is because it is made out of minced meat, raisins and a sweet kind of curry sauce. To make the top yellow in color, the whole casserole is topped off with an egg mixture, which ensures that the top resembles custard.
Gatsby a Great Loaded Sandwich
Gatsby is a large sandwich that comes with a lot of fillings like meats, sauces, potato chips. The good thing about it is that it costs cheap, Due to its large size, it is not possible to finish the entire sandwich at one go. Moreover, the meat in this sandwich is not from high grade meat. Therefore, only places like Bona Fast Food, Cosy Corner as well as The Golden Dish sell this sandwich. Also, make sure to add BBQ sauce since this is the ingredient that completes this great loaded sandwich.
Biltong and Droëwors Dried Meats
Droëwors and Biltong are dried Cape Town food in form of meats with a special blend of spices. Biltong is a cured and dried meat where Droëwors is just a dried sausage. You can find both of them in all supermarkets as well as some pubs, bars, and restaurants.
Traditional Desserts Like Malva Pudding
The famous desserts here are malva pudding, Milk tart as well as koeksisters. You can find these sweets in most bakeries and supermarkets. Some restaurants also sell them on the side.
Bunny Chow is Bread Filled with Curry
Bunny Chow is a classic South African meal as well as a favorite Cape Town food with Indian influence. It is basically half a loaf of hollowed out bread which then filled with curry and meat. The meat is usually chicken or beef. The advice here is to get this one from local cheap restaurant and not trying in the gourmet version.
Also, try visiting other parts of Africa as this continent is versatile in culture and food. One of the countries for good food is Tanzania. therefore, you really should consider trying most delicious food in Tanzania when in this country. The flavors differ from the neighboring countries as well.