How would anyone define a Cape Town meal? Malay chicken curry? ‘Smaaklik’ potjiekos? Mouthwatering Chakalaka?
Cape Town offers all these meals and a whole lot more. A rich culinary history that delights palates.
The cooking inspiration of our fair mother city Cape town comes from way back in time. The Dutch arrival; in 1652 on the shores added to diversity with farming expertise, harvesting succulent crops, and veggies that fed the starving sailors.
Potjiekos, a veggie and meat wine flavoured rice dish is popular meal choice of celebration and ‘Melktert’ (milk tart) as well.
The slave era and arrival of Javanese during the 18th century were often hired as chefs in the Dutch households and the gourmet influences they brought, lives on in Cape town dishes with an African twist spinning out unique cuisine.
The tasty hearty Cape Twon flavours improved with the Italian, German, Chinese, Portuguese and French residents and others. The melting pot of the Mother City is filled with flavours!
There are many circles of enjoying well-cooked home meals in the Cape Malay variety in the bustling Cape Town streets. Discover cuisines of any flavour from Greek, Morrocan, Mediterranean, Moroccan, American or Nigerian and another African cuisine at superb bistros and restaurants. Whether taste buds call for a bobotie or Cape Malay roti and beef curry, there are streams of culinary treats
The national South African snack.One bite gets you hooked. The dried meat gets cured in vinegar with a spicy blend creating and addictive flavour.
Barbecues or ‘braais are common past times. Sosaties are the cape version of kebabs. Meat marinated in chutney and curry skewed with apricots and onions.
Pap is derived from cornmeal and accompanies all cuisines.
Bobotie, a common Cape Malay cuisine is made from minced meat and curry that is baked and topped with dried fruits. It brings out the ethnic Cape Town flavours.
Unique to Cape Town the waterblommetjies is an indigenous flower that is edible and grows wild in the ponds. Bredie is a South African version of a stew and becomes a rich and elegant comfort food.
The sausage of South Africa
Gatsby’s are Cape Town specialities like Bunnie Chows are Durban treats. The sandwich is a basically a hollowed out roll with a curried filling or mixture.
Snoek and Chips
The best fish and chips in the entire world are found in Cape Town.
For dessert Malva pudding, a sweet and savoury spongy dish with apricot jam and a caramelized texture served with ice cream or custard.