Bunny chow is a popular street food dish hailing from Durban, South Africa that has become an integral part of the nation’s gastronomy. At Lion’s Head Restaurant and Brewery in Amsterdam, we are proud to offer our own twist on this classic dish, which combines rich, flavorful curry with a hollowed-out bread loaf.
But what exactly is bunny chow, and how did it become such a beloved part of South African cuisine?
The origins of bunny chow can be traced back to the Indian migrant workers who arrived in South Africa in the early 20th century. These workers, who were primarily from the KwaZulu-Natal province, brought with them their culinary traditions, including a love for spiced, hearty stews served with bread.
To make bunny chow, a hollow is dug out of a loaf of bread and filled with a spicy curry made with either lamb, chicken, or vegetables. The bread acts as a sort of edible bowl, allowing people to eat the curry on the go without the need for utensils.
Bunny chow quickly gained popularity in Durban and beyond, becoming a staple street food in many parts of South Africa. It was originally sold at informal food stalls and markets, and was particularly popular among the working class and students due to its low cost and satisfying flavor.
As bunny chow gained in popularity, it began to be served at more formal restaurants as well. Today, it can be found at a wide range of dining establishments throughout South Africa, from fancy eateries to humble food carts.
But bunny chow isn’t just a tasty treat – it also has cultural significance. For many South Africans, it represents the diverse and vibrant culinary traditions that have developed in the country, with influences from India, Europe, and Africa all coming together in a single dish. In fact, the history of bunny chow is closely tied to the history of immigration and cultural exchange in South Africa.
In recent years, bunny chow has also gained popularity abroad, with restaurants and food stalls in other countries offering their own versions of the dish. At Lion’s Head Restaurant and Brewery, we are excited to introduce our guests to the joys of bunny chow. Our version combines traditional South African flavors with a modern twist, making it the perfect choice for foodies and anyone looking to experience a little piece of South Africa in Amsterdam.
So if you’re in the mood for something hearty, flavorful, and a little bit different, come on in and try our bunny chow. We promise you won’t be disappointed!