Traditional South African Food

I am using the word traditional in the sense of older, mostly Afrikaaans speaking people, so forgive me if I have left out traditional foods from other cultural groups.
Hasselback Garlic Cheesy Bread - no barbeque (braai) is complete without garlic bread.

Hasselback Garlic Cheesy Bread

Tamatiebredie (tomato stew) is my wife's favourite, but she has never attempted making it herself.

South African Tomato Stew (Tamatie bredie

Tamatiebredie (tomato stew) is my wife's favourite, but she has never attempted making it herself.

Hoenderpastei (chicken pie) is one of our favourite dinner or festive dishes.

Chicken Pie, Traditional South African Style

Hoenderpastei (chicken pie) is one of our favourite dinner or festive dishes.

Pannekoek (pancake) with cinnamon-sugar is normally served as a dessert or with bean soup in the cold and wet winter months.

Pannekoek (pancake) with cinnamon-sugar is normally served as a dessert or with bean soup in the cold and wet winter months.

There is nothing as refreshing as cold ginger beer on a scorcher of a day! Ginger beer is a traditional drink as well. It was quite popular – and made frequently – in the days before fizzy drinks became readily available, especially on New Year.

There is nothing as refreshing as cold ginger beer on a scorcher of a day! Ginger beer is a traditional drink as well. It was quite popular – and made frequently – in the days before fizzy drinks became readily available, especially on New Year.

Braaibroodjies - a braai is simply not perfect without these delicacies: crunchy brown on the outside, but soft and wonderfully flavoursome inside.

Braaibroodjies - a braai is simply not perfect without these delicacies: crunchy brown on the outside, but soft and wonderfully flavoursome inside.

Strawberry Basil Sangria. Yes, I know it's not traditional South African, but it is so refreshing!

Strawberry Basil Sangria. Yes, I know it's not traditional South African, but it is so refreshing!

Traditionally pieces of bread dough was was fried in fat, hence the name vetkoek (fat cake). It is a quick alternative to baking bread. Vetkoek goes well with curried mince and soup.

Traditionally pieces of bread dough was was fried in fat, hence the name vetkoek (fat cake). It is a quick alternative to baking bread. Vetkoek goes well with curried mince and soup.

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