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One of the ways our family likes to travel is through food.

While researching for our Taste of South Africa night, we weren’t surprised to learn that the cuisine is as diverse as the country itself.

Influenced by many cultures including indigenous, Dutch, Malaysian, French, and Indian, South Africans have a rainbow of choices for their tables.

 

Bobotie is considered to be the closest thing to South Africa’s national dish.

It can be prepared many ways, but traditionally it is made with minced meat that has been simmered with spices – usually curry powder, herbs, and dried fruit.  It’s topped with a mixture of egg and milk and baked until set.

Try this recipe.

Chakalaka is common on most South African dinner tables.

Chakalaka

It is a spicy vegetable relish made with onions, tomatoes, peppers, carrots, beans and spices.

Chakalaka is often served cold, with braaied (barbecued) meat, breads, salad, stews, and pap (a polenta-like food made out of mielie meal, or ground maize).

Try this recipe.

Braai, the Afrikaans word for “barbecue,” is a social custom in South Africa – gathering and grilling a variety of meats.

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  • Boerewors (boer meaning farmer and wors meaning sausage) are served in a coiled shape or on a bun covered in mustard and tomato sauce.
  • Sosaties are marinated and skewered meats.

Biltong is a dried, cured meat that is compared to beef jerky.

biltong

It is high in protein, low in fat, and may have added flavors such as chili or garlic.

Bunny chow is a street food of Durban, home to a large community of Indians.

Hollowed out loaves of bread are stuffed with spicy curry – chicken, pork or vegetarian with lentils and beans.

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Try this recipe.

Melktert (milk tart) is a pastry filled with milk, eggs and sugar, thickened with flour and dusted with cinnamon.

Try this recipe.

melktert

 

Koeksisters, from the Dutch word koekje meaning cookie, are twisted syrup-infused doughnuts.

Try this recipe.

koeksisters

 

We hope you get a chance to try some of South Africa’s diverse dishes!

Food photo credits licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.  Chakalaka by philipp , braai by Jim Sher; bunny chow by Lucinda jolly; melktert by Sharon; koeksisters by Fiona Henderson.


Additional South Africa Resources

Explore our South Africa profile page with a country infographic, detailed map, photos, video, activities, and lots more!
Learn about the country’s Big 3 Sports, the meaning of its flag, and the story of its first Olympians.
Join the global celebration of former South African president Nelson Mandela’s life and his contributions to peace and freedom with #67Minutes on Mandela Day.
Discover the sounds of Ladysmith Black Mambazo – South Africa’s “cultural ambassadors.”
Engage kids in learning about the geography and culture of South Africa with our Research Project for Young Explorers.

http://multiculturalkidblogs.com/olympics-for-kids/

Welcome to our Olympics for Kids series! The Olympics are a wonderful opportunity to teach kids about the world and explore cultures together.
Today, you can find more about other recipes from various countries thanks to our participating bloggers:

5 French Recipes to Cook with Kids – Multicultural Kid Blogs
A Taste of South Africa – Globe Trottin’ Kids
Cooking Hoosier Style (Indiana, USA) – using resources wisely
Chilean Sopaipillas – La Clase de Sra. DuFault
5 Dutch Foods You Need to Try – Expat Life with a Double Buggy
My Favorite Latvian Childhood Dessert – Let the Journey Begin
Puerto Rican Shortbread Cookies with Guava – Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes
Brigadeiros – the piri-piri lexicon

Don’t forget that you can also download our Summer Games Unit activity pack to learn more about the world and have fun during the Olympics.

http://multiculturalkidblogs.com/product/summer-games-unit-activity-pack-ages-8-12/

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