The Fine Foodie: The Now Now South African Food Company
PUBLISHED: 14:50 23 March 2016 | UPDATED: 14:50 23 March 2016
Sharon Struckman extols the street food of her homeland, South Africa - authentically available in Herts
British street food is no longer just about pies and fish and chips but a huge variety of cuisine from Middle Eastern falafel to Argentinean empanada. New to the rich list on offer is the South African bunny chow, but what is it?
First off, it has nothing to do with rabbits. The origin of its unusual name is something of a mystery but it is made with a half or quarter loaf of bread, hollowed out and filled with hot spicy curry (right). A traditional bunny chow, or simply ‘bunny’ if you are from Durban where the dish originated, is made with mutton, chicken, mince, lamb or kidney beans. To sum it up, it’s mouthwatering and absolutely delicious.
The Now Now South African Food Company (nownowfood.co.uk)pays homage to the amazingly diverse cuisine of the country. As well as bunny chow, owner and chef Jane White makes bobotie (spiced minced meat baked with an egg-based topping), Durban chicken curry and boerewors sausage rolls, while her desserts – peppermint tart, hot malva pudding and koeksisters to name a few – are up there with the most scrumptious puddings you will ever taste.
Now Now can be found at various farmers’ markets and festivals around the county and beyond and also hosts pop-up nights at local restaurants offering a delicious three-course authentic South African dinner accompanied by some of the country’s best wines. White also caters for private functions, weddings and corporate events.
Taste her scrumptious dishes and you will experience a little bit of South Africa in Herts.
Sharon Struckman is a food writer and photographer at whatishootieat.co.uk