A cultural exchange is not only about learning the language, but also about experiencing and enjoying the local culture including food you would not find/eat at home..
If you are the adventurous type of person who likes to taste the typical local dishes you will enjoy these 5 typical South African dishes during your language course abroad.
Biltong is a dry, marinated and seasoned meat snack, very common in South Africa and Namibia.
Often called beef ‘Jerky’ this is available worldwide but to taste the real thing you have to be in South Africa.
Boerewors are famous fresh sausages prepared with beef and spices.
A famous traditional dish of South African cuisine usually served with "pap", which is a typical porridge similar to a Brazilian polenta. Usually, the boerewors are eaten at a Braai, which is a typical South African barbecue. This is the same as a ‘cookout’ in the US and a ‘barbie’ in Australia. The Butcher Man, is a restaurant where you will find many typical South African dishes. You can enjoy boerewors and biltong. The restaurant is located at 105 Main Rd, Green Point, Cape Town, 8005, and is open from 9am to 10pm.
Apparently one of Nelson Mandela's favourite dishes, Bobotie is a blend of ground beef with sweet seasoning, baked in the oven with a topping of eggs mixed with milk.
It can also be made with pork or lamb or even a combination of all.
Try this delicious dish at Karibu, 156, The Wharf Center, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8002, South Africa.
A typical South African dish but with an Indian flavour. It is simply a curry of meat, fish or vegetables served inside a loaf of bread and served with "sambals", a side portion of pickled vegetables.
Try this dish at City Bowl Market, 14 Hope Street, Gardens, 8001, Cape Town.
At Ouma Rooi Koeksisters, located at Unit 12, Hangar 17, 17th Avenue, Maitland, Cape Town, you can enjoy this sweet fried dough dipped in honey or syrup.
If you are considering language studies in South Africa then take a look at what Language Training Centre (LTC) can offer.