South African cuisine refect diverse range of culinary traditions. Each region has its particularities, and this immensely rich diversity makes African cuisines unique from region to region.
There are quite a number of external and internal influences. Dishes and combinations of dishes were borrowed and adapted from the Dutch, German, French, British, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Zulu, Xhosa, Sotho and many more uniquely African dishes.
Most of these dishes can be enjoy with a cup of tea, the traditional South African way, or with your favorite coffee beverages.
1-Mealie Bread (South African Corn Bread)
Mealie bread is a traditional South African quick bread made from mealie, known in other parts of the world as maize, or corn.
Maize has become so prevalent that many Afrikaans’ dishes are made of this specific starch. Maize was first grown for food in indigenous Mexico, and it is thought that the Portuguese were the first to bring maize from the Americas to Africa.
2-Koeksisters (Plaited Doughnut)
Koeksisters is derive from the Dutch word ‘Koekje’, which can be interpreted as ‘cookie’. The end result is a taste bud explosion.
This traditional South African sticky donut is deliciously sweet, sticky, crunchy and drenched in syrup, laced with cinnamon, lemon and ginger. Absolutely perfect for snack or tea time and even breakfast.
3-South African Avocado Ice Cream
Who doesn’t want a cool sweet treat in hot weather? Rich with avocado’s irresistible flavors, this ice cream is delicious, cool, and nutritious.
This dish was created by Somerset Maugham, a british author in 1920. According to his original recipe, this dish is also laced in rum. Don’t wait to try.
4-South African Sosaties (Malay Kebabs)
The name ‘Sosaties‘ was derived from a Malay term that means Spicy Sauce. Talking more about this food, it is a traditional South African braai with the use of lamb or mutton meat, cube into cubes. The meat needs to be marinated with Cape Malay sauce, then skewed before cooking.
You can easily find this food anywhere. You can easily enjoy it from the family restaurants to the coffee shop. Make this food more nutritious by adding somme veggies.
The name ‘Malva’ stands for a plant with rose-scent or fragant lemon geranium. It also leads to a theory about the name of this simple sponge cake.
It’s so delicious that it is also famous on the Weast Coast of the US, thanks to Art Smith, who was Oprah Winfrey’s personal chef. He decided to bring Malva pudding to her Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa’s Christmas party dinner in 2006.
6-Hertzoggie (Hertzog Cookies)
This Hertzoggie or Hertzogkoekie dish consists of a pastry base with apricot jam and topped with toasted coconut meringue. To relieve the greasy taste, people will often eat it with English brewed tea.
Easily made with store-bought ingredients such as puff pastry and already-made apricot jam, the pastries can also be assembled with homemade pastry, that is if you have the time and skill to fold and chill your dough to create the perfect layers.