Mogamat KAMEDIEN | 2010-06-16
Official National Dish of South Africa
What is South Africa's official national signature dish and recommended classic recipe ?
As far as I can tell, the
only dish that has ever held anything approaching an "official"
national dish status in South Africa is Bobotie - the UN
Women's Organisation named it South Africa's national dish in
It's not a bad compromise, in a country comprising so many
cultures, as it reflects our most unique cuisine not found elsewhere in Africa
(or the world), namely Cape Malay cuisine. This gently spiced cuisine
grew out of the influence on Cape cooking of slaves, largely from Java and
Indonesia, that were brought to the Cape in the 17th century by the Dutch
colonisers and who left their mark in Cape kitchens with dishes characterised
by sweetly aromatic spices and the use of fruit in meat dishes.
posted a great recipe for it on my blog http://www.cooksister.com/2010/01/bobotie-revisited.html
which came originally from the Kaapse Tafel traditional restaurant in Cape
Unofficially, however, I
don't think anybody will argue with me if I say South Africa's national dish is
the braaivleis or barbecue!
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