If you really want to enjoy South African cooking at it’s best you should taste Cape Malay cooking!
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The “Cape Malay” community is rich in culture and religious traditions that have played a major role in shaping the history and diversity of Cape Town. Their ancestors came from modern day Indonesia and they were shipped as slaves to the Cape as far back as 1654!
The founders of this community were the first to bring Islam to South Africa. The community’s culture and traditions have also left an impact that is felt to this day. The Muslim community in Cape Town remains large and vibrant. It has expanded greatly beyond those exiles who started the first mosques in South Africa.
Ox liver, mash potatoes and onion stew
People in the Cape Malay community generally speak mostly Afrikaans but also English, or local dialects of the two. They no longer speak the Malay languages and other languages which their ancestors used, although various Malay words and phrases are still employed in daily usage.
Malva pudding with a lemon butter sauce is always a winner!
This cultural group developed a characteristic ‘Cape Malay’ music. An interesting secular folk song type, of Dutch origin, is termed the nederlandslied. The language and musical style of this genre reflects the history of South African slavery; it is often described and perceived as ‘sad’ and ’emotional’ in content and context.
Lamb and pea stew (bredie)
Photos from: “Cape Malay Cooking with Fatima Sydow" (Facebook)
Interesting reading and listening
The Cape Malay: http://www.sahistory.org.za/article/cape-malay
Recipes: Cape Malay Cooking with Fatima Sydow
Music: Kat and the kings perform ‘Lonely Girl’ (07.06.2012) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxApzEXMAYE