Taste Atlas - South Africa's Top 20 Must-Eat Travel Foods!
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An interactive food map has listed what it calls South Africa’s top 20 must-eat travel foods… but how accurate is it?


Johannesburg, South Africa (18 March 2022) – Bunny Chow, Roosterkoek, Chakalaka or even a Springbokkie… what are some of South Africa’s must-eat travel foods?

TasteAtlas – an experiential travel guide to traditional food that collates authentic recipes, food critic reviews, and research articles about popular ingredients and dishes – is trending in South Africa after a post showing that Karoo Ostrich is the dish of choice for neighbouring Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), which left social media users confused.

The question is how accurate is the list if Karoo meat is the top dish in a neighbouring country and more so, what is South Africa’s must-eat travel foods?

Founded in 2015 by Croatian journalist and entrepreneur Matija Babi, the site describes itself as “a world atlas of traditional dishes, local ingredients, and authentic restaurants” and features an interactive global food map with dish icons shown in their respective regions and purportedly contains nearly 10,000 dishes, drinks, and ingredients, as well as 9,000 restaurants.

Taste Atlas - South Africa's Top 20 Must-Eat Travel Foods!
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Speaking to an Eswatini resident, Good Things Guy learnt that they had never seen Karoo Ostrich in their stores. They have no idea why this would be the travel food of choice as chicken is a staple in the country, and they believe should be top of the list.

We dug deeper and found a list of what TasteAtlas deems as the top 20 must-eat travel food for South Africa. Check it out below, and let us know what you think? Is this an accurate list for South Africa?

  1. Braai
  2. Bobotie
  3. Biltong
  4. Chakalaka
  5. Bunny Chow
  6. Melktert
  7. Boerewors
  8. Roosterkoek
  9. Potjiekos
  10. Gatsby
  11. Vetkoek
  12. Koeksister
  13. Hoenderpastei
  14. Malva Pudding
  15. Droëwors
  16. Peri-Peri Chicken
  17. Phutu
  18. Skilpadjies
  19. Tomatobredie
  20. Melkkos

Sources: TasteAtlas 
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