South Africa’s most-loved heritage dishes

Here are some delectable and cherished dishes perfect for celebrating Heritage Day.


Steamed dumplings, often served alongside a slow-cooked stew? It’s no wonder these are one of South Africa’s national treasures. This classic heritage recipe by chef Mmabatho Molefe pairs an unctuous lamb shin stew with beautiful, satisfying dombolo.


This one needs no introduction. Did you even have a braai if there wasn’t boerewors on offer? Whether served as is, or as part of the classic ‘boerie roll’, topped with tomato sauce and crispy onions, there’s nothing quite like a boerewors on the braai.


Whether you love it or hate it, there’s no denying that tripe is one of South Africa’s most treasured foods. Looking for an easy recipe? This recipe by Lucia Mthiyane is lightly spiced and cooked in a rich tomato sauce. Serve with amasi or yoghurt and the starch of your choice.


A wonderfully humble and hearty combination of samp and beans, umngqusho holds up as a dish all on its own but also plays very well on the side of a rich stew.


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