South African Cuisine: An Introduction to South African Food

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As we made our way from Johannesburg to CapeTown we enjoyed trying as many different kinds of South African cuisine as possible.

FromBraai to Biltong we sampled a lot of new things for the first time.

Aside from possibly Argentina,I can't think of a country that does better barbecue and wine.

However, I learned my lessonthat barbecue is merely a sauce and grilled meat to perfection is what you can Braai.

Come join us as we eat and drink our way around South Africa.

Right now we're at Wild Farm in Wildernessand we're waiting for one of my favorite things.

It's called Braai.

It's South African barbecueand it is absolutely phenomenal.

So in the background we've got our lovelylittle log cabin.

I'm drying out a towel right now.

But anyways that is besides the point.

The team here at the hostel is now working on the barbecue.

They're stoking the fireso we are going to show you the whole process.

Let's go cook some Braai.

And Audrey has made a new best friend.

Whois this? It's Kika.

Is it playtime or nap time? It looks likenap time.

You want to take this one home in your backpack?Yes.

She would fit nicely.

Not a bad little view from over here huh?What are you drinking? Um, apple cider.

Alright, we've got the grill master here andhe's going to tell us what makes Braai much better than barbecue.

Well, firstly, barbecue is a sauce.


But the difference with a South African Braaiis the fact that we use real wood instead of charcoal.

And it gives a different flavorto the meat.

And that is a big thing.

Excuse me.

What have we got here? We've got some goodchicken.

Look at that.

This is sausage as well.

That looks so good.

But first.

So underneath the Braai that is where youhave the meat that is already done and the cheesy mushroom bread.

Here is the finished product.

Look at that.

Wow! So that is the bread? Yep.

It's the cheesy mushroom bread.

Show us that.


It is almost like a sandwich.

A hot sandwich.

That's for me.

Alright, we are checking out your plate.

Whatdo we got over here? So it is all dished up.

My first traditional Braai.

We've got somechicken, some sausage and some meat.

So I am ready to dig in.

What else do we have asidefrom that? Well, there is salad and potatoes on the side and some feta cheese.

But whois focusing on that.

Okay, first bite.

Who cares about that stuff.


That is wonderful.

You did a great job.

Cool, man.

Yeah, seriously.

Alright, stop filming me and enjoy your foodman.


Alright, I'm trying the sausage.

That is amazing.

South African Braai sausage is better than anything else I've ever tried.

Well Hello from South Africa.

We just finishedraiding a supermarket where we picked up as many South African snacks as we could.

Wegrabbed chips, chocolate bars, soda drinks and we're going to try them all for you.

Sothis is our South African taste test.

So over here I've got myself Nik Naks.

It'sa maize snack and I think the packaging looks great.

Have a look in the bag.

Those kindof look like cheesies.

They look like cheese puffs and they taste like cheese puffs.

It'svery airy and crunchy.

It's a nice light snack.

Good snack for the road.

I'm giving it thethumbs up.

Road tripping snack.

I'm trying here the Chocolate Log.

And I havea feeling, oh yeah, it is a marshmallow on a crispy wafer.

I wonder if it is going totaste a bit like a wagon wheel or a krembo.

Show us the bar.

What does it look like? Yeah,we've got the crunchy part on the bottom and we've got the marshmallow in the middle.

Thatis a really really good bar.



So this one looks interesting.

It is reallysimilar to the Mars bars that we have in North America.

Even the packaging and the coloron the packaging is quite similar.

But this is called Now.

Eat it now! Now! Chocolatenow! I wonder if it will be a similar filling.

It looks similar too.

It's got caramel andhow do you call it, nougat? Chocolate.

Yeah, you know what, this to me tastes just likea Mars Bar.

Just different name, that is all it is.

Yeah, good stuff.

Being the cat lover that I am when we weredivvying up the snacks we kind of had an almost like a draft.

Like a lottery.

I chose theBlack Cat bar.

So it is a peanut snack packed with peanut power apparently.

Let's try thatout.

It looks like it has got some kind of like a toffee or a something sticky and sweetkeeping it together.

Oh gosh, I'm going to break my tooth.

It is super crunchy.

Yeah,really really sweet.

And it is kind of like, I don't know, like a honey or a caramel thatis hardened.

Really crunchy, packed with peanuts, pretty much delicious.

Okay, I'm not sure what this one is calledbut I think Beacon is the brand and Whippy is the name.

And it says mmm Mallows.

I thinkit is supposed to be like marshmallows or something.



Soft strawberryflavored mallow smothered in chocolate and coconut.

We call it marshmallow back in Canadabut we'll go with mallows.

Let's see.


So it is like a pink and white marshmallowinside.

Nice and spongy.

It doesn't really have a strong strawberry flavor which is whatI was expecting because of the pink packaging.

It is just like a sweet fluffy marshmallowinside.

It's good.

I like it.

Wonder Bar.

And if I remember correctly wehave something by the same name in Canada but I'm not entirely sure.

There is definitelya wonder something kind of chocolate bar.

But this appears to be totally different.

I have a feeling this is mint chocolate.

It is mint flavored apparently.

And it appearsto be really small.

Some kind of an ant on me.


So let's try that.

Can you see the green.

Yeah, kind of.

Oh, Wow.

That is a really unique mint chocolate bar.

It's like nothing I'vereally had before.

It's got a crunchiness to it.

Almost like a cookie flavor.


Themint is really hitting me strong.

The first time you have a bite you don't really tasteit that much.

But as you're chewing it, a really strong mint flavor.

It is kind of likean after eight? Stronger mint flavor than that.

I like it even more.

Next up, we have something called Diddle Daddleby Jumping Jack.

Diddle Daddles.

That sounds like something like a taddle.

Tiddle taddle.

Don't diddle daddle.

Okay, so it looks like caramelized popcorn.

So it is sweet popcorn.

I think you wouldcall this kettle corn in Canada, right? Yeah, I think.

Sweet kettle corn.

Sweet popcorn.


It doesn't have a buttery flavor.

It is just strictly caramel.

Perfect for watchinga movie, huh? Diddle Daddle.

Don't diddle daddle.

Or do diddle daddle.

So I've got a TV bar.

Shall I assume you'resupposed to eat this while watching TV.

Who knows? So, as it says here, tropical coconut,crunchy rice puffs and smooth white chocolate.

Sounds pretty good to me.

Let's see the whitechocolate coating here.

Okay, you know what? That's kind of like somethingin between a granola bar and a chocolate bar.

Would you say it is healthy? No, it's gota lot of sugar for sure.

It's good though.

You can definitely taste that coconut.

Now I'm moving on to the Niki cluster coconutclustered coated in smooth milk chocolate.


Let's see what this is all about.

Iwonder if it is going to taste like a Bounty Bar.

The one we have back home.

Okay, so itis coated in chocolate.

Oh, it is quite chocolate-y inside.

I'm goingto zoom in on that.

It does taste a bit like coconut but I was expecting like white shreddedcoconut in the middle.

And it is more like coconut that has been coated in chocolate.

It's nice.


I've been saving this one for near theend.

I love coconut chocolate bars.

They're some of my favorite.

And I really like BountyBars and I really like Ritter Sport coconut flavor from Germany, so lets see if this Nikibar lives up to that.

Oh yeah, it's amazing.

Wow! Look at all ofthat coconut goodness in the middle here.

That is amazing.

That deserves another bigbite even though I'm already full.


Delicious! Okay, so next we have mini Eet Sum Mor biscuits.

Eat some more of that! Come on, eat some more.

I'm expecting something like short bread cookies.

Oh, they're quite small.

Show us one.

I'll just pop one in my mouth.

These are what they look like.

They're tiny.

Little squares.

Woah! We have birds.

Sam, it's like a miniature short bread cookienot overly sweet.

It would go nice with a cup of tea.

Are you going to eat some more? No, I'm goingto move on to my next snack.

Are you sure? Okay, I'm having a Lion King moment over here.

These are Simba chips.

Simba! What flavor? Smoked beef flavored potato chips that roarswith flavour.



Yeah, it is like a beef flavored chip.

I don't think I've ever had anything like this before.

It tastes like meat.

In chipform.

Okay, now the funny story about this one here.

It's called Iron Brew is that they have something in Scotland that is called the same thing.

But it is spelled in Scotland Irn.

So we called it Urn Bru.

We totally messed up.

It is supposedto be called Iron Bru.

Here it is spelled with a vowel, with an O so no mistakes thistime.

Iron Brew.

This is the first time to try this.

I have no idea what it tastes like.

I don't think it is going to taste like the one from Scotland because that is an orangecolor.

It is definitely different.

Wow! I don't evenreally know how to describe it.

It has a different cola flavor than anything I've ever triedbefore.

What does it say on the bottle? What is the description? Well, it says South Africa'sfavorite.

Um, I'll have to look to the ingredients here.

Carbonated water, sugar, caramel flavor,citric acid.

Yeah, it's got, it does have a bit of a caramel flavor.

It's um, it's unique.

That's all I can say.

Another chocolate bar up ahead.

This one isBeacon.

Forest fruit and nut chocolate.

Forest fruit, wow.

It kind of reminds me of the Cadburybars you'd get back home.

The fruit and nut bars, yeah.

I wonder if it is going to besimilar.

I think so.

Dun, dah, dah, dun.

It's hard chocolate.

Yeah, nutty.

Fruity?Yeah, it's milk chocolate with fruits, nuts.

A very familiar flavor.

Nothing out of theordinary.

It's good.

Alright, we've done a whole other video dedicatedto Biltong but this here is a kind we didn't try.

Hello, Kika.

She wants some snacks.

Youcame just at the right time.

You wanted the meat snacks.

So this is Kudu.

It is a kindof game flavor.

Game meat.

So let's open that up.

A bite for me.

That's really good meat.

A bite for Kika.

She's eating it off of my leg.

Here, one more bite for Kika.

Come onKika.

Yum, yum.

That's really good.

It does have that game-y kind of flavor.

And it isreally rich.

Really high quality and you can tell there is not a lot of fat in this.

So, I know we can get Cadbury all around theworld but this flavor I have never seen before.

What is it? Show us.

We have marvelous creationsand this is cookie gummy crunch.

Very colorful packaging.

We've got a party going on overthere.

Oh, yeah.

Let's open this monster chocolate bar.

It's huge, it must be like well over100 grams.

Maybe 200.

Here, so I'm going to break a piece in half.

Oh, you can see someof the cookie pieces.

Okay, hold it still.

Oh, you can, wow.

Let's see.

Yeah, so it'sgot cookie chunks and some blue crumbly stuff.

Crunchy stuff.

I couldn't tell you what candythe blue stuff is.

It is just crunchy, hard candy.

But the chocolate is good.

The milkchocolate is good quality.

Okay, I'm really excited about this product.

I think it is like Ginger Beer flavored mints.

And that seems like a very niche king of uniqueproduct.

I can't wait to try it.

Yep, those are mints.

I don't think you'regoing to like these.

I'm still finishing my jerky.

Alright, ready to try these.

Wow! Theseare strong.

I'm loving this.

I love strong ginger beer flavor but I have a feeling thatunless you've grown up drinking ginger beer 95% of people who haven't probably wouldn'tlike this.

This is delicious to me but this is not something that I would bring home foras a gift for friends and family.

Let's say that.

Next up, we have the nut basket.

Tasty SouthAfrican snacks and this one is roasted giant peanuts Peri Peri.

And apparently peri periis just a spice.

Like a mix of different spices.

I think it is supposed to be quite spicy.


Let's see abot that.

So this is what they look like.

It's not overly spicy yet.

I'm waiting forthe burn to kick in.

Feel the burn? I mean, it's spicy.

It's got some flavor but it isnot overly spicy that you're like having to chug a glass of milk.

Yeah, Peri Peri peanuts.

So, another thing we picked up in the supermarket:Romany Creams.

Classic choc.

And it says are you South Africa's biggest bakers fan? Let'sfind out if I am.

Oh, I like that easy tear away.


Usethose big muscles of yours.


Okay, they are just loose.

They're biscuits.

So,chocolate biscuit with chocolate filing.

It's a nice crunchy cookie.

It would be reallynice for dunking in your coffee or your tea.

Yeah, chocolate.

Okay, so next I'm trying something calledSparberry soft drink.

Spar letta, I'm not sure if that is the brand.

I'm going to assumeso since the supermarket was called Spar.

So Sparberry drink here we go.

Oh, it is pink.

Splashed it on my finger.

I just poured it all over myself.

I'm going to say cherry.

I think it is cherry flavoured.

I think it is strawberry flavored.

Yeah, look.

It says.

Oh, no it doesn't.

It could be either cherry or strawberry.

I'm not sure.

My puppyfriend is here.


Kika is here.

Come Kika.

Let her say hellonow that I'm filming.


This is Kika.

Kika lives here in Wilderness.

And she isa cute puppy and she has been sleeping on my lap and being very very sweet these pastfew days.

Haven't you? Are you cute Kika? Are you cute? Kika.

Maybe she wants some snacks.


You arrivedjust at the right time.

Didn't you? Alright, I've been saving this for the endbecause I'm thirsty after trying all that chocolate and savory snacks.

This is StoneyGinger Beer.

I love ginger beer.

The best ginger beer I have ever had has been in Australia.

It's a lot stronger than the stuff you can get in Canada.

So let's so how this Stoneystuff compares.

Wow, that is pretty strong.

Yeah, that issome of the best ginger beer I've ever had.

I can't wait to finish that off.

So, ciaofrom South Africa.

This is Sam, Audrey and Kika signing off from Wilderness.

Hi, pup.

Say, bye.

So we're closing off with Biltong in my handand Kika.

Come on Kika.

Come, on, come get some.

Come on.

Come here.

Here you go.

So we have a fun day planned today.

We'reactually doing a wine tour around Stellenbosch so we're just going to be driving throughthe countryside sipping on wine.

Let's get started.

And eating cheese.

So we're pairing some white wines with cheese.

I don't know which one I'm more excited about.

I think maybe the cheese.

And this is my favorite cheese so far.

Itis called White Rock with cranberry.

It tastes a little bit like cheesecake.

The last sweet red wine we tried tasted alittle bit like Christmas cake.

It was delicious.

Good to the last drop.

So we just finished our first wine tastinghere at Fairview.

We each tried six different wines with cheese.

I think we're feeling prettyhappy right now aren't we? It is eleven fourteen in the morning rightnow and I'm already well greased.

So we've now arrived at our second vineyardof the day.

This one is called Moroti and it has more of a rustic family feel.

So let'sgo check that one out.

So this particular vineyard has a lot of character.

It has a specially rustic feel.

And it has just been cool touring around here.

Givensome of the areas what appear to be permanent cobwebs.

It is pretty amazing.

So this is our third vineyard and this particularred wine is straight from the barrel.

Oh, take a sip.

It's good.

And for dessert we are what? Roasting marshmallows.

Over an open fire.

We're just missing the chocolate and grahamcrackers.

Roasted to perfection.

It's hot.

Is it good? Delicious? Alright, I get the next one.

And here is how I like mine.

Nice and crispyall over.

That's a mouth full.

Alright, so we just finished a delicious braailunch and we're feeling quite stuffed.

But the tour isn't over.

We still have two morevineyards to visit and apparently there is Biltong and chocolate on the menu.

So I amlooking forward to that.

They're going to be carrying us away on wheelbarrels by the time we're finished.

So we are now at our forth vineyard.

Everyoneis wearing hats.

I'm not sure why but we're going to go drink some wine in our fancy hats.

We've moved on from cheese to lunch.

And nowwe've got chocolate.

And over here I've got a chili chocolate so apparently you don'ttaste it too much when you're chewing it but when it goes down.

When you're swallowingit that is when you really feel the burn.

So let's see if that is true.

I don't taste it so much now.

Maybe take asip of wine and see what happens.

Yeah, as soon as you swallow it you feel the burn.

It is not too overpowering but it is.

It'sgot some kick to it for sure.

Time for some wine.

Do you want neck scratches? You're sweet aren'tyou? Why are you behind a gate? Huh? You're not dangerous.

Are you a guard dog? Are you a guard dog? Those are nice aren't they? Oh, you're gettinga puppy massage.

Puppy massage.

So we have now arrived at our fifth and finalwinery of the day.

To be honest they're all starting to blend together because we've beendrinking way too much wine but there is still a little room for a few more glasses so let'sgo in and sample some more.

Alright, so we've had cheese and we've hadchocolate with our wine and now it is time for Biltong.

Which is a type of South African jerky.

Thisis awesome, high quality, fresh Biltong.

Final impressions is that was a fantastictour.

It is actually our very last day in South Africa and I couldn't think of a morerelaxing way to finish things off.

The wine was fantastic.

All of the food was reallygood.

We had some excellent cheeses, chocolate and Biltong and we had a huge feast for lunch,so what a great way to wrap things up and that is it for us in South Africa.

Okay, so a new country, a new taste test.

We are in South Africa right now and you can't come to this country and not try Biltong.

So that is what I have right here in this brown paper bag.

So Biltong is a dried cured meat similar tobeef jerky and this is what it looks like.

So we got ourselves some beef biltong butapparently you can get different kinds of meats.

Like game meat or ostrich.

This iscow.

And it is quite hard and chewy but it makes a really nice snack, so let's say you'reriding the bus or going on a really long trip it is kind of nice to just have a bag fulland be munching away.

That's what we have been doing for the past few days.

So for me Biltong is kind of like premiumjerky.

And there is three key differences.

First off, it is sliced a lot thicker.

Secondly,they use vinegar in the curing process along with salt and pepper.

Which is a little bitdifferent from regular jerky which doesn't have any vinegar whatsoever.

And the thirdkey difference is Biltong is not smoked whereas jerky is.

Okay, so the purchasing process? What wasawesome is that we went into a kind of like what would be considered a deli that specializedin Biltong.

And when we went in there was all of these different kinds of dried meathanging up in different sections.

There was one that was game meat, there was one thatwas regular, there was a premium kind.

I can't remember but there was a forth kind as well.

And anyways, what you would do is pick this meat off of a hook and bring it over to theseladies who would then put it through a grinder and it would go into this bag like that.

Soit was a really cool to be right there involved in the process.

And it just made it a lotmore special.

And the other thing that I really noticed that was a big difference is thatthe quality of the actual meat itself is a lot better than what comes from say packagedpre-packed stuff you would find in a store.

So the word Biltong.

What does it mean? Iactually had to look this up but now I can tell you.

So 'Bil' apparently comes from theDutch word for rump and 'Tong' means strip or tongue.

But contrary to popular beliefBiltong is not made from bull's tongue, so don't be afraid to try it because of that.

What have you got in your hand over there?Okay, and last but not least we have something called Cabanossi which kind of looks likea dried pepperoni stick.

We also picked this up at the same store we got the Biltong.

SoI'm going to try that.

Yeah, so it is kind of like a greasy salami stick.

Again, chewy,salty, flavorful.

I think it makes a great snack.

Which one do you like better? Or doyou like them both? I do like them both but this reminds me ofsalami or like a pepperoni stick so it is something I am familiar with.

So I quite enjoythe flavor.

One more bite.

So when you're visiting South Africa, unlessof course you're a vegetarian, be sure to try Biltong.

I swear it is pretty much addicting.

I can't seem to stop myself over here.

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