How would you describe the South African cuisine

Tongue acrobatics- how to pronounce these 10 South African dishes

Cooking connects cultures - that's an old saying.

October 10, 2017

But when it comes to the correct pronunciation of typical local dishes, cultural differences are particularly noticeable. KapstadtMagazin provides a remedy.

With the following list of 10 long-running culinary favorites, you are perfectly equipped for your next visit to a restaurant - including appreciative looks. Welcome to the “South African Dishes for Beginners” language course. So listened carefully and followed up.

1. Umphokoqo [say: oom-pho-koh-qoh]
The syllables are pronounced short and sharp, whereas the sound of the letter "H" requires significantly more breath. In Afrikaans, you can take the meal with you Krimmelpap translate. It consists of cornmeal, water and salt. Traditionally, the so-called “maas” is served with this. Milk with a taste reminiscent of cottage cheese or natural yogurt.

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2. Umngqusho [say: oom-nqoo-shoH]
The pronunciation of this dish requires a little more skill. Press your tongue against the roof of your mouth just behind your teeth to create the required sound. But be careful - the “Q” is not to be compared with the German pronunciation [ku:], but rather with a sharp click sound.
The main ingredients are made up of corn grits (polenta) and beans, but it can be Umngqusho prepare in different ways. There are no limits to your culinary imagination. Processing to make a stew is particularly popular.


3. Ulusu [say: oo-loo-soo]
A particularly easy exercise for loosening the tongue.
The meaning is based on the language of the South African people of the Xhosa, which is characterized by its clicking sounds, is spoken especially in the Eastern Cape, but is also spoken in Cape Town. You can translate Ulusu with "Volksstamm". The term “avfaal” is also common. What might sound like rubbish or remind you of rubbish in the German language is a delicacy in this country. The innards of sheep, or alternatively cows, form the basis of the recipe. Bread or maize porridge (pap) are typically served as a side dish.


4. Imifino / Umfino [say: ee-mee-fee-noh]
The pronunciation of this dish is also self-explanatory and extremely easy to use. Imifino is a mixture of free-growing leafy vegetables - but cultivars can also be used. Contemporary South African cuisine gives the dish a modern twist with the addition of spinach. This acts as a base and is mixed with corn rice.


5. Umga [say: oom-qah]
This savory dish is made from pumpkin and corn flour. The stew has a long tradition and is particularly popular with the older generation.


6. Ujeqe / isonka samanzi
[Say: oo-jeh-que / ee-soh-nkah sah-mah-nzee]
Ujeqe: The “Q” corresponds to a click sound and not the German way of speaking [ku:].
Isonka samanzi: The "N" is not mute here, but is pronounced regularly.
This meal is also called steamed bread based on how it was prepared. Protected by a vessel, the bread is heated in a saucepan with boiling water. Voila! Best served warm, garnished with meat or melted butter.


7. Umbhako [say: oom-bha-ko]
Seems simple, but you have to be careful with the letters "ko". These are emphasized briefly and without a break. The dish can be described in a similarly straightforward manner. Umbhako is baked bread that is prepared in a petroleum oven or on the stove. Here, too, we recommend eating it warm - it can be refined with jam.


8. Amanqina [say: ah-mah-nqee-nah]
This dish is also known by the locals as "walkie talkies" and is a long-running hit, especially in South African townships. The chicken legs are either boiled in a pot or drizzled with fat and then grilled. Works excellently as a main course, but also for a small snack in between.


9. Intloko yegusha [say: een-tloh-koh-yeh-ghoo-shah]
At Intloko yegusha, also known as "smiley", is basically boiled down sheep's head. After traditional preparation, only common household salt is used for refining, other spices would therefore adulterate the very present taste of the sheep meat.


10. Linkobe [say: ee-nkoh-beh]
The pronunciation of the letters "Li" has very little to do with the German variant. Just pronounce it like an elongated "E" and you are on the safe side. Linkobe are hand-picked corn kernels that are boiled in salt water. It's that easy. These can be served with a pinch of salt or even gravy.


Regardless of whether you are having joint cooking afternoons with friends and acquaintances or trying to pronounce it in a South African restaurant - KapstadtMagazin wishes you the best of luck. Lekker eet. [German: Enjoy it.]

by Lisa Levkic


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