5 Popular South African Foods For Nigerians To Try

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Tribe/ Mogodu and Pap
Dumpling/ Dombolo
Boerewors/ Wors
South African Food - Vetkoek/ Magwinya
South African Food - Chicken Feet/ Maotwana

You will be introduced to five popular South African foods in this blog post. But before then, it is interesting to note that South African cuisine is as colourful as its people – who speak 11 official languages and unofficial languages such as the Tsotsitaal. Despite this, I’ve realized that most Nigerians in South Africa are yet to try South African food.

This is why I’ve decided to write this article about five popular South African foods for Nigerians in South Africa to try.

Remember the saying: when in Rome, you do what the Romans do? I think it is very applicable in this case. Here is my recommended list of South African food that will give you a good taste of South Africa.

Vetkoek/ Magwinya

  • Pair with curried mince
  • Shop at Vuyo’s Restaurant in Soweto
South African Food - Vetkoek/ Magwinya

Tribe/ Mogodu

  • Pair with Samp, Dumpling Or Papa
  • Shop at Pata Pata Restaurant in Jeppestown or Vuyo’s Restaurant in Soweto

Dumpling/ Dombolo

  • Pair with your favourite stew
  • Shop at Vuyo’s Restaurant in Soweto

Chicken Feet/ Maotwana

  • Pair with Gravy and Pap
  • Shop for chicken feet at Ayepyep Lifestyle
South African Food - Chicken Feet/ Maotwana


Akindele Olunloyo

Digital Entrepreneur

My love for travel across South Africa led to the creation of Lagos to Jozi. It is a blog platform with the objective of inspiring my fellow Nigerians to come experience South Africa as a beautiful holiday destination, while also educating by giving practical ideas on how to do it.

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