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Jul 15, 2013 12:50 PM

Food/Foodie related items I should request from South Africa

My daughter is going to South Africa. Is there some food/foodie related item I should request? I have requested rooibos tea. And she is bringing back some dried biltong. Anything else? Thanks in advance

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  1. Those are good ones. Others you might want to try:
    Maybe droewors? (same vein as biltong - dried sausage)
    Mrs Balls chutney

    1. Beware biltong and dreid meat even vacum packed can be confiscated and the carrier fined.

      1. The best food item I brought home a few years ago was Rozendal vinegar. Outstanding. (Does anyone know a Capetown source for these products?)

        Also: Bottled peri-peri (piri piri) sauce.

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        1. re: erica

          Not sure about where to find the vinegar, but in the US World Market stocks Nando's peri-peri sauce, Mrs. Balls chutney (some branches, and interestingly, she was a Canadian) and occasionally Lunch Bars. The birdseye chilis used for peri-peri can sometimes be found as Thai chili's here also.

        2. Thanks all. She leaves this coming Sunday

          1. If you're living in America, have her bring back some Twix or Kitkats or other chocolate bars. Ours are definitely superior in taste, and yes I know it's not a "foodie" thing but it will make you never want to eat an American Kitkat again.

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            1. re: yasminza

              Here's another idea: Lime and Soda is a very popular non-alcoholic drink, using soda water and bottled lime juice. But the Roses's Lime JuiceI saw in CapeTown was made with real sugar, and was far superior to the product sold under that name in the US.

              I plan to bring home, or ship home, a few bottles. It is easy to ship home a carton of things from one of the many PostNet offices.