South Africa is swiftly becoming one of the top global tourism hotspots for its dramatic scenery, beautiful beaches and vibrant cities. But another reason as to why 10 million people visit the Rainbow Nation every year is its fantastic cuisine.
One dish that has really taken off is the fantastic potjiekos – literally ‘small pot food’. This dish originated with the Boers in South Africa and features a large clay pot that is used to create a stew-like dish of meats and vegetables. Everybody has their own way of cooking their potjiekos, but you’ll often find lamb and dumplings in this delicious rustic dish.
Another renowned South African food is the jerky-style dried meat called biltong. This can be made with a variety of meats including beef, game and even ostrich to create the handy snack that became popular when it was necessary to preserve meats in the hot and arid climate.
And another staple of the South African diet is pap. This is a polenta-like foodstuff that is made out of mielie-meal and is a wholesome and nutritious accompaniment to any dish. Particularly recommended would be a large bowl of chakalaka which is a spicy vegetable relish renowned for its fiery flavour.
South Africa is also gaining ground for its unique restaurants. From specialised seafood restaurants in Cape Town to luxurious dining establishments in Johannesburg, there are many options for the food lover.
But it’s also worth noting that a few unlucky people can get ill when travelling as they are not used to the local food. If you’re unlucky enough to end up in bed, then at least you can spend some time playing on the local online casinos that take advantage of South Africa’s rapidly growing mobile gaming community.
You’ll have nothing to fear from the award winning Test Kitchen in Cape Town however. This chic and classy eatery is run by famous chef Luke Dale-Roberts, and it has won praise for its fantastic blend of Latin and South African flavours.
And for something a little different then head to the relaxed Jordan Restaurant in Stellenbosch that is beautifully situated on the edge of a picture perfect lake, and offers the very best in locally sourced produce.
Finally for an extra bit of class, check out the highly luxurious DWeleven-13 in Johannesburg. This family run restaurant is noted for its attention to colour and texture that produces some iconic dishes such as the nori wrapped tuna tataki.