Originally Posted by cave76
Lisa Mmac----- Does South Africa (or is it the Republic of South Africa, forgive my ignorance) have as many diverse cuisines as the U.S.?
I'm as curious about those as you are about ours.
Oh, and as soon as you pick the seven dishes from the U.S. get ready to hear howls of (gentle outrage) from many members here. I'll try not to join in.
Hi cave76 and thanks for your interest. Officially Rep of South Africa, but we usually just say South Africa.
Bearing in mind that SA is a much smaller country than the USA (it's not even twice the size of Texas) we do have a fair amount of diversity in our cuisine, partly from the European influence from Dutch, British, German, French, Italian, Indian and Portuguese settlers to name a few, as well as the slaves from Indonesia who had quite an influence on the cuisine of especially the Western Cape area around Cape Town. As well as the African influence. Cooking with spices is quite a big thing in SA due to the Indian and Indonesian/Malay influences. The native food in SA is mainly meat and maize (corn) with some green vegetables. I think in the USA you have taken specialities and dishes from Europe and owned them and adapted them to USA far more than is the case in SA. Many popular dishes are recognized as being from their country of origin and not particularly adapted to SA. We have some really delicious dishes though, which I will post here when I have the time.