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The name is sui generis, its origin is Malaysian and it is one of the most typical dishes of Cape Town. It is not by chance that it was designated "South African national dish".

The allure of Cape Town goes far beyond its history. The natural beauty and heritage, the multiculturality and its influence make of this city an obligatory stop for any traveler. And because the tourist shall not live by natural beauty alone, the vineyards and the gastronomy are always a reference when Cape Town is the destination.

Mostly of Malay influence, the cuisine "Cape Malay" is known by its colors, strong and spicy flavors, the curry and samosas, whose scents are spread throughout the city. Add to these dishes one that became known as the "national dish of South Africa": the bobotie.

It is a meat dish - beef, pork or lamb - seasoned with curries and other spices. The minced meat is linked with dry bread soaked in milk and filled with a sweet and sour sauce and dried fruit. Finally, it is brushed with eggs and milk and baked in the oven.

The ideal place to sample this delicacy is at the epicenter of multiculturalism: the Bo-Kaap neighborhood. Taste, enjoy and keep it among the good memories of Cape Town.


If you are sensitive to spicy dishes, it is important to know that "little pepper" in Cape Town is “too hot” for the European palate. Just in case, do not ask for spicy and add it afterwards on your plate, to taste.

If it is still too spicy, tap water is always at your disposal. Yes, it really is tap water - here you can drink without fear! - and is often accompanied by ice and lemon.