In South Africa, street food is very much a regional thing. In Natal the traditional street food is bunny chow, curry served half a loaf of white bread that has been hollowed out. In the Western Cape, samosas are sold on street corners. But, no matter where you go in South Africa you will always find a wors roll being sold. A boerrie roll as they are called can be found at sports games, for sale outside supermarkets and most often at a braai. Boerewors translates literally to farmers sausage, and comes in a variety of flavours and thicknesses. I prefer mine heavy on coriander and thin. In my mind, nothing says welcome to Newlands more than the smell of wors rolls cooking on a skottel (BBQ) waiting for the numerous patrons to partake of one before entering the stadium to watch the rugby. I wanted to get a photograph of this for the blog, but sadly last week when we went to the game, it was raining, and the street vendors were nowhere to be found. Another South African staple is pap. This is maize meal which has been slowly cooked and comes either smooth, as I have it here or crumbly, which is known as krimmel pap. Pap is porridge but this is not a breakfast food in my opinion. When I think of pap I remember suppers shared with my maid when my parents had gone out for the night. I cannot have wors or pap without a tomato and onion relish. This to me is the street food of my country – it is what symbolizes South Africa.
What is the street food from where you live?
- ½ cup maize meal
- 1½ cups water
- Pinch of salt
- In a sauce pan mix the maize meal with ½ a cup of water and the salt until smooth
- Add the rest of the water and bring to the boil
- Reduce the heat to the lowest setting on your stove, cover and simmer for 1 hour
- Remove the lid and mix
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