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What on earth is Bunny Chow? This has to be the question you have asked yourself if you landed up on this page, and also means you have never been to South Africa.
It is a half or quarter loaf of bread with the inside scooped out, filled with any type of delicious curry, topped with the scooped out bread and eaten by hand with great relish...... Got it?
There are many stories circulating as to the origin of this spicy meal and the one that we tend to believe is that it started on the East Coast of South Africa in the Durban Indian Community, and is believed to have started sometime in the early nineteen forties.
Round about that time in the history of South Africa, migrant Indian workers were brought into, what was then known as Natal (now known as Kwazulu-Natal), to work the sugar cane plantations. These workers had to find a way to carry their lunches to work and very cleverly found that by hollowing out a loaf of bread they could easily transport their vegetarian curries into the sugar canes for eating at lunch time
No plates required, it is served in a half or quarter loaf of bread.
As the love of this type of eating curry grew, all sorts of extra's started been added:
But it will still be recognized for it's key characteristic which is when the gravy from the curry filling soaks into the walls of the bread.
This way of eating has developed to such a way in South African (especially in Durban) that you can find it in the smartest Hotels in Durban and us local's call it the Hoity Toity Bunny chow.
This article was printed from Home-Cooking-Haven.com.com