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South African Food?

I have taken out a few books at the library and can't seem to find a answer. What is the food like in South Africa? spicy (hot)? I can't handle spicy foods even though I try.

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3925 posts

You can find food from all cuisines in South Africa. South Africa doesn't really have it's own cuisine, the national dish is Bobotie which is a bit like a shepherds pie or moussaka, essentially a minced meat and fruit curry with an egg based baked topping, I haven't tried it myself as I don't really like meat and fruit combinations. Also popular are barbecues which are called braais.

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158 posts

Was there about 15 years ago, but I don't recall anything too spicy. Then again we weren't too adventurous as we had a 10 and 7 year old with us.

One thing that did stand out was that lots of S.A. restaurants seemed to offer a condiment called "Monkey Gland Sauce", which contains neither monkeys nor glands, but rather seems to be a cross between chutney, Worcestershire and ketchup. The kids liked it on their burgers, which were a bit drier than they were used to because the beef in S.A. is much leaner than in the States. Or at least that's what I was told...

Seafood in Capetown is amazing, and of course, the wine is great too!

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3977 posts

I don’t like spicy food, but I had no difficulty finding food in S.A. We ate lots of prawns and other shellfish plus barbecued meats. African curries are very very mild and fruity and even I liked them.