Popular South African Bread Based Food Zululand

Popular South African Bread based Food Zululand Bunny Chow cover

Popular South African Bread Based Food Zululand

Popular South African Bread Based Food Zululand – With it’s multi-cultural society Zululand allows for the alchemy of cultural and culinary delights. Primarily a Zulu background with Afrikaner and British influences, together with the inclusion of Indentured Indian Labourers in the 1880’s, Zululand boasts having some of South African favourite dishes. Kasi (township) culture has also contributed nicely.

Popular South African Bread Food Zululand Bunny Chow spices drink

Popular South African Bread Based Food Zululand – Bunny Chow

Contrary to the name, rabbit is not an ingredient in this famous street meal. Chow is local slang for “food”, and it is believed bunny is derived from ‘bania’, the caste of the Indian businessmen who sold curry in Durban, possibly around 1930-40’s.

The hollowed out quarter or half loaf of soft white bread has curry ladled into the centre and then topped with the scooped out dollop of bread. Curry choices range from beef, mutton or chicken, or a vegetarian option of beans. In this part of Kwa-Zulu Natal curry is traditionally known as a Durban Curry, which is a dark red colour, slightly oily and has potatoes. This dish is best enjoyed when eaten with your hands. If a visitor to our country, try it with a Zamalek, the slang name for South Africa’s most popular lager beer, Black Label. Or opt for Cane Spirits (spook and diesel) and your choice of mix.

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Popular South African Bread Food Zululand – Kota

The U.S.A introduced us to the hotdog and hamburger, and South Africa has the kota – an edible Ubuntu meal. It could be said that a traditional kota is the Sowetan township brother to the bunny chow. Fried potato chips are of the slap or limp version.

A hollowed out quarter or half loaf of white bread is filled with an inexpensive variety of ingredients which could be polony, fish fingers, Vienna sausages, mashed potato, fried eggs and cheese. Fried potato chips, of the slap or limp variety, are part of the meal. Kota can also be referred to as a sphatlo or an iskhambhani which is wonderfully indicative of our proudly South African diverse culture.

If you are in the Zululand Area visit Soweto Jive restaurant in Empangeni where this traditional street food has been fused with the bunny chow. Image of this meal is on the right currently (November 2018) R59.50.

Popular South African Bread Food Zululand Kota
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