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A Quick Guide To Snacking The South African Way

Being a South African means fully encompassing the country's diverse group of people, odd cultural traditions and, most of all, the variety of weird and wonderful foods.

While an American perspective on authentic South African food might not suffice as proof of how delicious it truly is, we're definitely impressed with what the guys from Buzzfeed had to say:

In case you’re still confused by the country’s cuisine, here's a quick look at what South Africa’s snack platter has to offer:

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Looking for an excuse to have a drink at any time of the day? Look no further – this light mixture of lemonade, sparkling water and bitters is perfect for days spent out in the hot South African sun. Most people wouldn't be under the impression that they are having an alcoholic drink, which (depending on how you look at it) is the benefit to enjoying this refreshing beverage whenever you feel like it!


"BiltongUKDried" by Jamsta at the English language Wikipedia. Licensed under ">CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

This semi-raw cured beef snack is definitely a staple within South African culture, and for good reason. It is all too often compared to the greater known American beef jerky, which, marinated in stronger sauces, lacks biltong's vinegar marinade and savoury flavour. This saltier taste, combined with the added herbs and spices complete the snack we know and love – but ask any local and they'll tell you it's a one of a kind, unmissable treat for any occasion. An absolute must-have if ever you find yourself in this food loving country!


If you're a sweet-tooth, this undeniably South African treat will be right up your alley. Described as a kind of doughnut, koeksisters (directly translated to 'cake sisters') are braided rolls of fried dough, drenched in a cold, sugary syrup. Whether you feel like enjoying it on its own, or accompanied with coffee or tea, this honey-flavoured snack is hard to call anything but delicious.

Ouma Rusks

"Beskuit" by Anrie - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

"Beskuit" by Anrie - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

This traditional treat can be found in most – if not all – homes in South Africa. A widely appreciated recipe, combined with an authentic homely feel, makes this the top choice of snack while enjoying your coffee or tea. A sturdier version of the American biscuit, the rusk can be spiced up by adding seeds and raisins to the classic buttermilk flavour – it will accommodate just about anyone who feels they’re missing something with their morning cup. Dunking is essential.


Droëwors, literally translated to ‘dry sausage’, is just that – a dried sausage. A mixture of beef and mutton that will get any meat-lover’s mouth watering, these sticks aren’t cured, which means a delicious crunch awaits you with every bite. Yet another treat to be enjoyed at any time under any circumstances, and in this meat-loving country, it most certainly is!


South Africa's diversity is endless. Unique cultures form the basis for amazing food creations, breathtaking experiences, and, in a country that is home to 11 official languages, the average traveller has their work cut out for them!

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