What food is South Africa famous for?

South Africans love good food and they’re masters at preparing and cooking it.

Food is an enourmous part of South African life. You are in for a lekker treat.

Here are some top South African foods you simply have to try:


Braai is the Afrikaans for barbecue or grill.

A braai is all about enjoying yourself and get together with friends, a union of everything South Africans love so much — spending time with family and friends paired with good food and drinks.

Grilling options at a braai can include boerewors, steak, chicken or lamb together with sides that include anything from potato bakes and salads.

Primarily wood is used to keep the fires burning to cook the meat.

The enjoyment of meat cooked over an open wood fire is something that all South Africans share.


Boerewors concists of coarsely minced meat comprising mostly of beef and numerous spices and seasonings.

The meaning of boerewors is “farmer’s sausage” and comes from a mixture of the Afrikaans words boer (‘farmer’) and wors (‘sausage’).

Boerewors is famous for its spiraling shape.

There are many different varieties of boerewors. Most regions are reknowned for their own unique boerewors taste and flavours which is often regarded as a well kept secret.


The braaibroodjie is one off the most traditional side dishes for any South African braai.

This South African toasted sandwich is made on the braai. It is traditionally made with sandwich bread, tomatoes, onions, cheese and the key ingredient is the addition of some fruit chutney on the inside of the bread to give it a pleasant hint of sweetness.


Potjiekos represents a style of cooking rather than a particular recipe.

The food is cooked in a round, three legged cast iron potjie.

It consists of a variety of ingredients, typically meat and vegetables that is layered in the pot and placed on open coals.

A potjie must cook for a few hours so this offer some quality time to catch up with good friends and family.

Biltong and droëwors

Both biltong and droëwors are made with beef or game meat seasoned with coriander seeds and is then hung to dry.

It is an excellent South African snack food.

Way back biltong and droewors was put in place as a way to preserve meat.

The biltong recipe has evolved through the decades. There are many variations all over the country.

Bunny Chow

This is a South African takeaway food. It consists of a hollowed-out loaf of white bread filled with vegetable or meat curry.

This dish was originally cooked by the Durban-based Indian Africans.

Curries of all spices and heat levels are used so it caters for all tastes and preferences. Bunny chow is then served with grated carrot, salad and rice.


This is a much-loved South African national dish. It consist of spiced minced meat baked with an egg-based topping. Bobotie is served with salad and chutney and sliced banana. Perfect for those cooler days. A real hearty meal to enjoy with your loved ones.

Cape Malay Curry

These tasty curries are famous for their fruity and full-bodied flavours. The dish consist of local colourful vegetables or meat and fish. This type of curry is not as hot as the curries used in the Indian kitchen.