6 October 2016

South Africa: Six Classic South African Sandwiches

Sandwiches - some call them food of the gods, but for most of us, they're a simple, easy meal to enjoy out and about or at home as comfort food. While technically a savoury or sweet filling between two pieces of bread, there are many different takes on what a sandwich can be.

From the Mexican tortilla to the American hamburger, the ham and cheese croque-monsieur and the Middle Eastern shawarma, cultures around the world all have their own version of a sandwich that perfectly sums up their tastes and heritage.

South Africa, with its melting pot of cultures, has its own distinct sandwiches, rich in both the history of the country as well as in taste.

Here are six of the best South African sandwiches to inspire your next lunchtime.

Bunny chow

Iconic South African sandwiches: the Bunny Chow pic.twitter.com/IEuVGsMPlg

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An African variation of the bunny chow, found in most food spaza shops in townships across the country, is the spatlo, or kota, a hollowed-out quarter-loaf filled with chips, polony and egg.

Iconic South African sandwiches: the Spatlo (or Kota) pic.twitter.com/a30twfnUNX

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The gatsby

Iconic South African sandwiches: the Gatsby pic.twitter.com/dm1bYAzXpJ

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The Great Gatsby was a way for factory workers to use dinner leftovers for next-day lunches.

As one of the country's more well-known foods, strongly integrated into the heritage and identity of the Cape Flats, gatsbys are served in up-market restaurants and corner cafés alike.

Above all, given its generous size, part of the sandwich's enduring popularity is that it is always best enjoyed when shared.

Boerewors roll

Iconic South African sandwiches: the Boerewors roll pic.twitter.com/q0xRCe24sV

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Braai broodjie

Iconic South African sandwiches: the Braai broodjie pic.twitter.com/S3KxrXgrNR

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Midundu, or vetkoek and mince

Iconic South African sandwiches: the Midundu (vetkoek and mince) pic.twitter.com/WpbXM4950Y

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As comfortable in the heart of farming country as it is at your local shis'nyama, or even as part of a bunny chow or gatsby, the vetkoek and mince sandwich is the quintessential South African sandwich.

Source: Wikipedia

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