10 South African Dishes Nigerians Will Fall In Love With

September 7, 2018
We know it’s hard to convince Nigerians to try any food that isn’t theirs. But forget about our awesome jollof rice for a bit and get lost in these tasty South African dishes.

Bobotie

Bobotie is to South Africa as Jollof is to Nigeria. It’s basically considered their national food and you might denounce Jollof (jokes) when you have a taste of it.

Biltong

Biltong is described as dried cured meat. We’ve figured that this is the South African version of our suya.

Boerewors

Boerewors is local sausage made from mince beef. Rumor has it that South Africans love their boerewors as much as we love our suya.

Chakalaka

The easiest way to describe this dish to a Nigerian is as beans porridge with international exposure. The main ingredients of Chakalaka are beans, cabbage, carrots and tomatoes cooked with spices.

Malva Pudding

The closest thing Nigerians have to a dessert dish is puff puff which is why you need to try this deliciously decadent South African baked dessert.

Bunny chow

If we had to describe Bunny chow in strictly Nigerian terms, then we’ll describe it as agege bread and beans except with bunny chow the beans is replaced by a delicious curry sauce.

Potjiekos

Potjiekos is basically stew like you’ve never seen it. Cooked with meat and tomatoes and vegetables you might never want your regular Nigerian stew again after trying it.

Bredie

Bredie is another traditional South African stew that is guaranteed to make you lose your home training.

Pap

Yes, the same pap we all know and love, the only difference is while we process our pap from corn South Africans process their pap from sorghum millet or rapoko.

Koeksisters

Koekisister is another South African desert we need to get on the streets of Nigeria. Not everyday puff puff and donut.

To our South African readers did we leave any out? What other awesome South African dishes are we sleeping on.

Join The Conversation

Bring a friend.

You'll like this

October 3, 2019

You have no control over what you see when you sleep. It is funny how dreams work; sometimes, you wake up with a smile plastered on your face. And sometimes, you jolt back into reality with a massive footage of experiences you can live without. Like your landlord decided to increase the rent, or the […]

November 20, 2019

Christmas is legit the best time of the year, particularly in Lagos where everybody seems to migrate back to the village for awhile, leaving a lot of breathing room and traffic free roads for everyone else. Did I really just type that? No, I was joking; there’s never a time that Lagos is traffic free; […]

August 26, 2020

Look, life can be hard, especially when you’re adulting. Breakups, rent money, traffic, job stress, parent wahala, and all such other bad things can suck your blood pretty easily, leaving you looking like a Internally Displaced Person. We curate 5 reasons adult milk might just be good for you: 1. It Can Help Make You […]

January 15, 2019

In this episode of VRSUS, history was made. For the first time ever instead of having @Toketemu eat and judge other people’s food, she and two other people got their signature yam pottage recipes judged. She wasn’t happy with the result. CREWToketemu Ohwovoriole, Director Kayode Idowu, Video Producer Adeboyin Plumptre, Associate Video Producer Temitope Odutola, […]

Watch

Now on Zikoko

Recommended Quizzes

October 29, 2019

We are going to be attempting to guess when you’ll marry based on your favourite Nigerian foods. What does your fave swallow have to do with when you’ll tie the knot? Please, don’t ask complicated questions. This quiz is rigorous and accurate (don’t quote us), so just take it already. QUIZ: Why Do You Have […]

November 11, 2019

Today, we are going to be using your taste in music to determine how good you actually are in bed. All you need to do is create the ultimate Nigerian hit — from the lead artist to the producer — and we’ll tell you if all your partners leave satisfied, or if you are just […]

November 1, 2019

Twitter is buzzing right now, bringing a new conversation to the concept of cool vs not-so-cool, especially in relationships. If you’ve been thinking about how much of a red flag you are, why don’t you let this quiz help you decide once and for all?

November 19, 2019

Regardless of what society has tried to tell us, enjoying sex is not something to be ashamed of. So, in a bid to celebrate our generation’s sexual agency, we’ve created a quiz that will accurately (again, keep your complaints to yourself) infer how many people you’ve spelt with. Try it out: 11 Quizzes For The […]

October 10, 2019

2019 is certainly Burna Boy’s year, but, if we are being honest, so was 2018. Since his transcendent mixtape, Outside, the afro-fusion star has refused to get his foot of our necks — dropping a string of fantastic singles and then capping it all off with his career-best album, African Giant.  So, in a bid […]

March 24, 2020

While we know that a lot of the best Nigerian artists deservedly have fans across generations, that won’t stop us from attempting to guess how old you are based on your taste in Nigerian music. So, take this quiz to see if we got it right:

More from General

December 12, 2022

Vol 8 | 12-12-2022 View in Browser Brought to you by | We should pop something today! The first Naira Life story was published in February 2019 and since then, we’ve been putting out the most honest stories about Nigerians and their money. Today, I’m happy to be sharing the 200th Naira Life story. This […]

November 11, 2022

We know a lot of things are happening right now but let’s not forget that millions of Nigerians are still suffering the effects of flooding. Although coverage of the issue has reduced, it’s important that we keep in mind that a large part of over 30 Nigerian states are under water.  This is not just […]

Watch

Trending Videos

Zikoko Originals

September 13, 2022
Vs The World is a Zikoko original video series that follows best friends Astor and Hassan as they take on the world.
August 23, 2022
Zikoko Ships is a Zikoko Original series where we invite two people who share a relationship to play the Zikoko card games
December 14, 2020
What happens when a group of chatty young Nigerians talk about things they're passionate about? You get Nigerians talk. A show that discusses very familiar struggles for the average Nigerian. From relationship deal breakers to sex education with Nigerian parents to leaving Nigeria, be prepared for a ride.
November 2, 2020
'The Couch' is a Zikoko series featuring real life stories from anonymous people.
October 26, 2020
A collection of videos documenting some of the events of the EndSARS protests.
June 22, 2020
'The Couch' is a Zikoko series featuring real life stories from anonymous people.
June 22, 2020
Hacked is an interesting new series by Zikoko made up of fictional but hilarious chat conversations.
June 4, 2020
What happens when a group of chatty young Nigerians talk about things they're passionate about? You get Nigerians talk. A show that discusses very familiar struggles for the average Nigerian. From relationship deal breakers to sex education with Nigerian parents to leaving Nigeria, be prepared for a ride.
June 2, 2020
Quickie is a video series where everyone featured gets only one minute to rant, review or do absolutely anything.
May 14, 2020
Isolation Diary is a Zikoko series that showcases what isolation is like for one young Nigerian working from home due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Z! Stacks

Here's a rabbit hole of stories to lose yourself in:

Zikoko amplifies African youth culture by curating and creating smart and joyful content for young Africans and the world.
X