Don’t ‘runaway’ – it’s real lekker
CHAKALAKA: Spicy vegetable relish. Goes with everything.
KOEKSUSTER: Decadently sweet, fried plaited dough dipped in a thick sugar syrup.
KUDU: A large antelope with very lean meat commonly served as fillet. Other popular game meats are ostrich and springbok, a small antelope. Crocodile, zebra and giraffe can also be found.
MELKTERT: Milk tart sprinkled with cinnamon. Also popular is malva pudding – a spongy cake-like dessert.
MOPANE WORMS: Protein-packed caterpillars eaten dried or fried until crunchy. Often served in a tomato sauce.
PAP: Thick, bland maize porridge and a staple across southern Africa. Served with savoury toppings. Pap and vleis comes with meat. it is often served on sidewalks.
POTJIEKOS: Literally “pot food”, a stew traditionally cooked in a three-legged pot over the fire.
ROOIBOS: Indigenous “red bush” tea, a popular caffeine-free beverage.
RUSK: A hard, dry biscuit with a long shelf-life used by South Africa’s European settlers. Often dunked into coffee or tea.
SHEBEEN: Township drinking tavern with cheap alcohol and festive atmosphere.
SHISA NYAMA: Zulu for hot meat. Diners select raw meat cuts, often to braai themselves in shops or restaurants.
SOSATIE: Chunks of marinated meat or chicken which are braaied.
SMILIES: Sheep heads par-cooked and roasted, with the heat exposing the sheep’s teeth into a grin or smile. Usually found at taxi ranks and downtown city markets.
ULUSU: A stew made from tripe.
UMQOMBOTHI: Traditional grain-brewed beer. Milky in appearance with a yeasty, sour taste.
VETKOEK/ AMAGWINYA: Balls of deepfried bread dough. Served plain as street food but also can have sweet or savoury fillings.
WALKIE TALKIES: Cooked chicken feet and heads. The feet are also known as “runaways”. – Sapa-AFP
THE SA WAY: Boerewors straight off the braai.