South Africa, a Culinary Journey

26 January 2018

If you’re somebody that loves food and loves to travel, then why not go on a culinary journey? A culinary journey is a travelling experience where you allow the food you eat and the food you drink to be the deciding factor in the places that you journey to and stay in. It is a travelling experience where you try all the local delicacies of the places that you travel to. Sound good? Well, you can do it, and you can do it just about anywhere in our world! So, where will your culinary journey take you?

If you want yours to take you to South Africa, then make sure to read on.

First of all, try Cape Malay in Cape Town

Upon a journey to the coastal city of Cape Town, a place that acts as South Africa’s legislative capital, you will be met with an experience of a lifetime before your culinary journey in this city even begins. You can visit its famous old harbour, enjoy the natural setting of the Cape Floristic Region and take a look at its world-renowned landmarks such as the Table Mountain and Cape Point, amongst other things. And then, once your culinary journey in this city begins, you will find yourself met with a delicious bowl of Cape Malay curry. This curry, born in the 17th century because settlers brought slaves from Southeast Asia, along with all their aromatic spices and cooking styles, to Cape Town, is an amalgamation of cinnamon, saffron, turmeric and chilli, and it is certainly not be missed.

When in Johannesburg, give braai or shisa nyama a go

If you’re the type of person that loves having a real and true taste of the places that you travel to, and you’re a real meat lover, then when in Johannesburg you’d simply have to give braai or shisa nyama a go. You'd have to because this barbecued meat dish is just about as big a local delicacy as you’ll find in this part of the world and because it is enjoyed by local communities the whole country over. And, because it is quite literally enjoyed by local communities weekend in, weekend out, you’d always have a way and an excuse to try some (and soak up the vibrant carnival atmosphere of these weekly events as you do).

Go traditional in Alberton North

Alberton North is a part of South Africa where traditional Afrikaans dishes are taken very seriously, and thus upon a journey here it would quite literally be rude for you not to try some. This could mean you trying skilpadjies (made from chopped lamb’s liver), it could mean you trying a Gastby sandwich provided by the nationally acclaimed Sandwich Baron (essentially just a chip sandwich), or it could mean trying chicken feet (which needs no description). Whatever you try, just make sure to try something!

So, there you have it, a short but sweet culinary tour of South Africa.

To carry your culinary journey even further and over into the Philippines, make sure to check out this helpful article on the matter.

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