Eat Your Way Through South Africa
Travelers don't flock to South Africa for its grub so much as they do its game drives. But on a recent trip there with the South African Tourism Board, I discovered why South African fare has famously been dubbed "rainbow cuisine": the food and drink in this country are as diverse as the people themselves.
South Africa's geographic location and its intricate colonial history have resulted in a cuisine that draws heavily not only from indigenous Africa, but also the Dutch, German, French, Indonesian, English, Indian, and Portuguese. Keep reading to learn more about the various influences on rainbow cuisine and what might go into a well-stocked South African pantry.