Cape Malay cuisine is extremely unique to Cape Town, as it was brought to the area in the 17th century when slaves were being imported from SOutheast Asian (particularly Malaysia.) The cuisine isn’t completely Malaysian, as the Dutch colonizers added their own culinary preferences to the cuisine as well, creating a fusion known today as Cape Malay cuisine. The best Cape Malay food can be found in the colorful neighborhood of Bo-Kaap, one of my favorite destinations in all of Cape Town, and you can even organize a cooking class with women who live in the area. A group of IES students and I did just that and had such a blast learning how to correctly make curry, rooti (a cape malay style naan type bread), samosas, chili bites, and many other delicious treats! It was such a wonderful experience, and in case you don’t quite grasp all the is going on during the cooking class, a full list of recipes are provided after the session. A great experience for food lovers at all different levels of culinary expertise!
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<p><span style="color: rgb(29, 29, 29); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: normal; background-color: rgb(237, 237, 237);">Jules Ashe is Senior at the University of Vermont majoring in Environmental Studies and minoring in Women's and Gender Studies. Her passions include traveling, cooking, music, photography, and making new connections and relationships with people all over the world. She is very excited to live beside both the Atlantic and Indian Ocean in Cape Town, and be surrounded by a range of beautiful mountains. Mostly though, she cannot wait to take many new pictures and share them with everyone back home!</span></p>