5 foods that would make any South African's homesick

One is forever hearing about buddies relocating to different countries or studying and working overseas. Do you ever wonder if they crave the home food below?

 

Aromat

An egg without Aromat is like pap without gravy – pointless.

The good news is that you may be able to get your hands on a bottle of Aromat even if you are in another part of the world. Aromat can be bought in grocery stores in Europe, parts of the Middle East, Australia and Hong Kong – anywhere else – dololo.

 

Biltong or droëwors.

If you’re having a bad day, the solution is sometimes as simple as biltong. The sad thing is that people around the world very rarely get to try this delicious, salty treat. Although there are similar varieties of dried meats, however, we still believe that nothing will ever come close to our beloved South African staple.

 

Atchar

What would curry - or even a simple sandwich - be without a classic atchar? Many people who like a little bit of spice rely on this relish, obviously always with Aromat as an ingredient for its extra flavour. Find a recipe online and make your atchar from scratch, to enjoy the real thing.

 

Umngqusho

There simply is no substitute for samp and beans. So, we’re really sorry for you if you can’t find samp in your foreign grocery store. Perhaps watching videos about samp and bean recipes will make you feel better?

 

Maize Meal

Whether served as a warm porridge or as phutu pap with chakalaka sauce, mielie meal is a staple food for us. What would a ‘shisa nyama’ be without this side dish anyway? Braais will never be the same without pap.

There are many dishes we’ve come to know and love that are true South African classics. So, the next time you scoop up a spoonful of samp and beans, or bite into some biltong, take the time to really appreciate it in the knowledge that there are many others who are missing out. Ag shame.

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