I Tried South African Food for the First Time, and This Is What Happened
Okay so, I love food. Like really love it. It is one of the main reasons why I wake up in the morning and withstand life’s slings and arrows of injustice. One of the best things about food is that there are so much of it; styles of cooking, herbs that will give the dish that extra #nomnom, and more importantly, cuisines. I love trying new food, which is why I was struck with joy when I stumbled upon Zulu, Egypt’s first South African restaurant.
Situated in Maadi, Zulu came to exist by the help of Seandre Vetter and Alfons Alfons, Tipsy Teapot’s previous owners. Vetter, a skilled-cook from South Africa, found a gap in the food market and decided to fill it. I am glad she took that decision. Mind you, I didn’t know anything about South African food, which in a way was horrifying because I didn’t know what to expect, but that’s what made the following experience exciting.
Biltong is as South African as it gets. If you’re into beef jerky then this is definitely for you. If I had tried biltong in another set up – as a pub snack – then I may have liked it, but I’m not quite sure I will try it again.
Main Course #1: Braai
A braai is basically the South African version a barbecue. Vetter told me that South Africans take their braais very seriously: good wood, big hunks of meat, cooked properly over fire.
Everything on the braai plate was to die for. I could definitely see a potential of having this dish as my top hungover dish.
Main Course #2: Bobotie
Minced meat baked + an egg-based topping = a very simple dish that might seem bland, but it works somehow. This is a dish I can easily have as a comfort food.
Dessert: Malva Pudding
It was impossible to resist something that is as rich and gooey as the malva pudding. Think apricot jam, with a sponge-like cake, custard and ice-cream. YUM!