Malva pudding is a dessert originating from the west coast of South Africa. It is a sweet cake-like dessert made with dried apricots and apricot jam, and served with a syrupy sauce on top. Yum!

Malva Pudding

Malva pudding is a dessert originating from the west coast of South Africa. It is a sweet cake-like dessert made with dried apricots and apricot jam, and served with a syrupy sauce on top. Yum!

Biltong is known as a 'national delicacy'. Commonly made with beef (but also ostrich!), the meat is sliced and heavily spiced, then hung out of the sun to dry. The result: chewy, spicy, bite-sized pieces of dried meat. But don't be fooled - this is NOT beef jerky! (well, according to the South Africans...).

Top 10: Uniquely South African Foods

Biltong is known as a 'national delicacy'. Commonly made with beef (but also ostrich!), the meat is sliced and heavily spiced, then hung out of the sun to dry. The result: chewy, spicy, bite-sized pieces of dried meat. But don't be fooled - this is NOT beef jerky! (well, according to the South Africans...).

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.

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.

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.

These spicy sausages are famously served at South African braais. They're called boerewors, and are made of minced beef, and heavily seasoned with uniquely South African spices. Watch out! You may be told that you've just eaten a dead snake though, as a little joke among the South Africans!

Top 10: Uniquely South African Foods

These spicy sausages are famously served at South African braais. They're called boerewors, and are made of minced beef, and heavily seasoned with uniquely South African spices. Watch out! You may be told that you've just eaten a dead snake though, as a little joke among the South Africans!

Bobotie is a slightly spicy dish originating from a community descended from early-Indonesian slaves called Cape Malay. It is a casserole type dish, made with minced meat, topped with egg, baked, and served with rice, fruit chutney, banana, and coconut.

Traditional & Non-Traditional Bobotie

Bobotie is a slightly spicy dish originating from a community descended from early-Indonesian slaves called Cape Malay. It is a casserole type dish, made with minced meat, topped with egg, baked, and served with rice, fruit chutney, banana, and coconut.

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.

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!

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!

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