27 July 2012 by Ems Tsotetsi

Pap, vleis and everything else – a photo essay

South Africa offers a wide variety of food to suit any traveller, whether you want to experience authentic South African food or delicious vegetarian meals paired with organic wines.

A typical vegetarian meal

South African dishes are characterised by the use of a wide variety of ingredients, including meats, fruits, nuts, leaves and other products.



One typical meal in a South African home is a stiff porridge of maize meal, called 'pap', which is served with stewed meat gravy. In many rural areas the pap is also fermented for a few days using sorghum, which is called “ting”.

A braai (barbeque) is another meal loved by many South Africans, especially on weekends or when there’s a big sporting event. It often consists of pap and vleis (meat).



Those with a sweet tooth can indulge in koeksisters, doughnut coated in syrup in a braided shape.



Another South African favourite is bunny chow, which originated in the Indian community. It consists of a large, hollowed-out loaf of bread stuffed with various tasty ingredients. It's also also known as a 'kota' by locals. 


South Africa also has a wide range of vegetarian options, created from our seasonal fruits, vegetables and herbs. There are lovely vegetarian eateries across the country. In some restaurants, the dishes are paired with organic wines.


Category: Food & Wine

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