Umqombothi is an uniquely South African type of beer. It is made with corn, sorghum, yeast, and water. It isnt anything like your typical beer you might get at the bar; it has a very thick consistency, a low alcohol content, and a very strange appearance. Umqombothi is traditionally served from a communal drum called a gogogo, where one serves themselves.
This extremely spicy dish is called chakalaka (as in don't-eat-it-by-itself-because-your-mouth-will-catch-fire-and-explode spicy). It is a relish made of vegetables and spices, served with pap or bread (to tone down the spice). There are many different variations on recipes; each family makes it a little differently.
Traditional & Non-Traditional Bobotie
Although Table Mountain is one of the “New Seven Wonders of Nature”, Bobotie is in actuality the true Wonder of South Africa. This traditional South African dish, pronounced “bu-booah-…
This is the nutritional label for Umqombothi, a completely South African beer. As you can see, the stats are much higher on this beer than the Canadian one. This food label looks more like one from a food or meal than a drink, compared to the label for Molson Canadian.
Here is the nutritional label from Molson Canadian, a 100% Canadian beer originating from Vancouver, BC. This beverage has about half the calories, sodium, and carbohydrates; hardly any fibre or protein; and no fats, sugar, or any vitamins or minerals. Compared to the Umqombothi food label, it appears quite empty!