SA expats miss biltong the most

2012-04-26 22:12

Johannesburg - Biltong, droëwors and boerewors are the foods most missed by South Africans living in London, according to a survey released on Thursday.

"It's not surprising that three of the foods that came up in our top ten list were of Dutch origin - biltong, droëwors and boerewors," said Ryan Mackie from SA Hotels, which conducted the research.

"It's interesting to see the long-term impact the Dutch have had on South Africa's current-day culture."

These three high-protein favourites were followed by Sparletta Creme Soda, Simba Nik Naks and Mrs Balls Chutney.

The other four foods making the top 10 were Peppermint Crisp, Ouma Rusks, maize meal (pap) and Tennis biscuits.

The research was done in London, where about half of the estimated 140 000 South Africans living in the UK are found.

Researchers interviewed the owners of South African food stores in the UK to find out what foods they sold most, and consulted expatriates through e-mail, phone and Facebook.

  • Derek - 2012-04-26 22:43

    the weird thing is is boerewors made in the UK is better than any you can buy in SA. The poms go mad for it when we give it to them and their kids love Creme soda nik nacks and simba chips. i think its the e numbers that the kids like.

      Roland - 2012-04-27 00:05

      You obviously have been deprived of boerewors bought on a trip out of the city in the Karoo or's easy to lose touch and delude yourself that some oke in London can produce a better wors than someone out in Calitzdorp, Calvinia or Cradock...or on any plaas (if you're so lucky as to have that kind of contact...), you're a long way from that kind of paradise my friend...

      Benn - 2012-04-27 05:49

      Derek is correct. The socalled research could not have been done very well. Every second shop in Wimbledon, sells SA products, including biltong, droewors and boerewors. And the quality varies as it would in SA. It is made by SAs, just as in SA.

      Gestoffle - 2012-04-27 08:34

      Benn & Derek - Right on the money! People forget that there is brain drain....those brains took the recipes with them....the thing is "if you dont go you will never know".... @Bonzi - did it cross your mind that it was otherwise implied that a saffa is actually making it? Motor-mouth!

      christinephillips1000 - 2012-04-27 09:55

      to some extent I agree. Would say its on Par with the best I have tasted in SA (but not all of it - some is just terrible). the koeksusters and milktars you can buy from Saffa shops are terrible. I believe there is an opportunity there :)

  • Denise - 2012-04-26 22:56

    ... what SA expats do not miss is blatant criminality and ethnic purges and government corruption and quasi-militant unions and job quotas and racial hatred and potholes and dysfunctional hospitals and corrupt police and... and... and... - biltong is not going to save our lives or give us freedom or safety or human rights or education or... or... or ... etcetera! etcetera! etcetera! So tell somebody who cares!

      Cheryl Gow - 2012-04-26 23:12

      I think will stay with education in SA the kids in Uk are rude and obnoxious

      Phillie - 2012-04-26 23:52

      @Cheryl Don't worry our kids are catching up very fast

      goldwright - 2012-04-27 00:05

      Lighten up Denise, this article was about food. Why don't you go find an "expat" forum where you can vent out all your anger on.

      Koos - 2012-04-27 01:34

      Who wants to go and stay in the UK anyway? Bloody dump if you ask me.

      Keith - 2012-04-27 02:10

      Everywhere there is crime It's not south Africa only I live in Britain but I cannot walk safely without fearing being shot or knifed in the streets of mersyside in Liverpool,Salford and hazel grove in Manchester,Blackburn,Burnley,Birmingham barking in east London or croydon south London elstree

      Benn - 2012-04-27 05:56

      Crime is indeed everywhere but may I remind you that in SA there are 90 (NINETY) murders per day.We also have genocide of SA farmers and the victims , including women and children, are brutally tortured before they are mercifully killed. SA is rated 6 on Genocide Watch- that is serious and SAs must remove their blinkers.

      Koos - 2012-04-27 07:12

      wesleywt: reality boet, reality.

      Benn - 2012-04-27 08:18

      Those who are unable to leave the country, are invariably the most sensitive to critical comments.Despite the efforts of many, I am yet to see the improvements or change. On the contrary, things have been in decline for a while and the tempo of decline, is increasing rapidly. All indications are, that SA is just yet another failed state. Off with the blinkers.

      cosmos.ndebele - 2012-04-27 08:18

      Denise dont speak for us!!!

      Nigel - 2012-04-27 09:51

      @ Cheryl IMO not true of all UK kids. Depends where you are and on the kids and their upbringing. Some are horrible, some are great. @ Keith IMO not true of all UK. I walk at night in many different places and have no problem. I accept that there are places in UK where I would not walk alone at night. Trouble is that we make sweeping generalizations about people and places (UK, SA, USA etc.) that do not hold up at all times, with all people and in all places. BTW I know a guy in Salisbury UK who's starting a Biltong business and there's one on the Isle of Wight. A growing market, perhaps? Trouble is price of meat.

      christinephillips1000 - 2012-04-27 09:57

      Geez, have a chill pill. My family still lives in SA and the crime is bad. What amazes me tho is the spirit of south africans to try and improve and better the country. South africans are amazing. So if people "Do not care" then they are better off elsewhere.

      bluzulu - 2012-04-27 10:51

      Poverty breeds crime, This is a worldwide fact. As illustrated by the recent riots in many Countries, Immigrates are tired of being sidelined to the lower economic sector after promises of a better life for their kids. Face the facts is takes a special kind of person who would forsake his country,history and family for a better future for their kids , for whatever reason. We all know they are harder-working and dedicated to a portfolio however after many years of driving a taxi with a Degree in the back pocket....Some have had enough.

      Nigel - 2012-04-27 11:11

      @Keith Not all immigrants are bad, are they? I know of plenty who make a great contribution to life in the UK (including people from SA). Let's face it, the English (and that's me) are a mongrel race. I know what you mean, though, I do realise that there are plenty of foreigners that the UK could do without. Good and bad among all of us, I guess.

      Trotse - 2012-04-27 11:34

      @Keith You must either be scared of everything or you live in the crappiest part of the UK, I know London and the UK very well and i also know SA very well (Pretoria), if you think the UK is worse than SA then you are either mentally unstable or you fear everything around you. A hoodie in the UK is a Kid with and attitude, regarding the "Guns and Knives" comment, how many of those are related to non gangs??? so far 3 this year...... SA is MUCH higher and more dangerous.

      Trotse - 2012-04-27 11:36

      @Keith I am a proud South African.... Well a proud Boer and i will always love SA but the raw truth is all around you, when was the last time you lived in SA? which probably explains your comparison.

      wesleywt - 2012-04-27 11:52

      More complainers. Who is joining COSATU to protest the toll roads? I expect none of you whiners will pitch up.

      Keith - 2012-04-27 12:26

      @trotse, I think you're drunk already because its friday today,did you grab those 12 cans of Stella atoir lager at lidl's supermarket,you're not even a south African let alone being ever went to Pretoria, south Africa is a huge country is not made up of Pretoria, so for you to have been in Pretoria that does not make you to claim to know south Africa very well, I'm from Woodstock in the Western cape and I go home so often because I have got businesses in south Africa, here in Britain I live in a seaside town called Portobello in Edinburgh I don't live in a crappy place like you said,it's you who don't know what you're talking about.

      Benn - 2012-04-27 14:40

      Keith- This may come as a shock to you but 90 murders per day is about right. 33000 pa is not going to deplete the population substantially- there are enough promiscuous characters who make that up. In 2010 alone. school pregnancies in KZN alone numbered 17000. Extend that to the whole SA and ask yourself what those kids will be doing a few yrs down the line. There are over 2 mil. aids orphans, soon to more than double. More than half of SA s substantial prison population is under 25 yrs. There is a lot more, but I think you "get my drift"

      Jack - 2012-04-27 17:57

      Ag ou wesleywt can't get out of the country?. Only a SA passport?. Shame ou,paying the e tolls will make you feel better, right?

      Moses Buyani Radebe - 2013-07-20 06:26

      Denise, I believe you have just spolied it. Everyone is talking about food here.

  • Sharon - 2012-04-26 23:01

    Why not buy a biltong maker? Meat is expensive in the UK, but hell, it will be so worth it!

  • dan8472 - 2012-04-26 23:16

    This is not what overseas South Africans miss the most, it is the food overseas South Africans buy the most of (how can we be missing it if we have it?). It's also a bit skewed because quite a few other nationalities (some Brits included) really love biltong and buy it regularly at "Saffa" shops.

      Sharon - 2012-04-26 23:24

      I once saw "biltong" in Tesco in the Uk, and bought some. It was prepacked, and in chunks. I chucked it, because it tasted AWFUL!

  • nelietam - 2012-04-26 23:21

    The list is spot on! Unfortunately the only South African product that you can buy here is Amarula Cream.We make our own biltong :)

  • jacques.d.devilliers - 2012-04-26 23:22

    Dutch origin? Wtf

      Roland - 2012-04-27 00:14

      They make cheese don't they???

      seanpresherhughes_1 - 2012-04-27 00:52

      Simon v d Stel must have introduced it......

      watsongeorgejan - 2012-04-27 01:33

      The study was probably commisioned and conducted by people who've never set foot in S.A or even bothered to research our history before their survey.

      Koos - 2012-04-27 01:35

      Dutch origin.....BS!

      Ouklip - 2012-04-27 03:03

      The boerewors is German. People forget that the Afrikaner's make uyp is German 34%, Dutch 33%, French 14% and the rest English and what ever.

      Brian - 2012-04-27 04:36

      Check the sources including Wikapedia - All 3 are of Dutch origin.

      Koos - 2012-04-27 07:15

      Brian: Don't believe everything in Wikapedia. I'm the first born SA from Dutch parents. Boerewors, bilting and droewors is not anything close to Dutch.

      bluzulu - 2012-04-27 10:58

      Germans yeah, Geez.........Some History here,

  • Jacques Nel - 2012-04-26 23:44

    Were was this survey don? definitely not in London! I lived there a few years and could get all that was mentioned in the list and way more, being sold at off license's, tesco and not even talking about SA shops.

      Keith - 2012-04-26 23:58

      Tesco,Sainsbury's,Asda,Morrison's and other British supermarkets don't have south African food such as biltong,boerewors and iwisa maize meal, they only do American beef jeckers which doesn't taste nice at all, and they also do a fake mealie meal powder which doesn't taste good at all, the only section these supermarkets are excelling when it comes to south African goods is the Western cape wines they have got all the variety of them and also our fruits aswel.

      Geronimo - 2012-04-27 00:43

      @ Keith - incorrect. Tesco sells "Kruga" biltong nationwide. Found in the wine aisle.

      Keith - 2012-04-27 01:03

      @Gero, I will go and check at tesco what you said.

      tjohnsonuk - 2012-04-27 11:08

      Jacques is right, biltong is available in Morrisons and a number of shops, even surprisingly have seen it in Lidls too ... not cheap though at £1.79 for 35g. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with it.

  • Roland - 2012-04-26 23:56

    I don't think any Dutch person (Hollander) would have had any clue - now or 300 years ago - how to produce biltong, boerewors or droewors - it's an affront to say they have had anything to do with it...Hulle eet rollmops, chocolate vermicelli op toast, drink half-bier-en-half-"head", ens... 'n kaaskop is so Suid-Afrkaans, soos 'n Zulu Skots is...

      John - 2012-04-27 07:05

      Bonzi, It wasn't invented in Holland but it was invented here solely by Dutch colonizers. When they were on the Great Trek it was the only way to stop meat rotting. Boerewors came from a Holland recipe brought here by those same colonizers.

      bluzulu - 2012-04-27 11:06

      No John B, It was not invented by the Afrikaaners , hahhaahahahhaahaa. The Egyptian mummies were entombed with vessels containing Dried meat. This was a 1000's of years before the Afrikaaners, In fact many of the existing OLDER cultures continue this practice.

      Jack - 2012-04-27 18:02

      Have to agree with Bonzi, since I go there often. No dutch biltong or anything there. That is not to say they don't have some lekker chow them selves but biltong and real afrikaans borewors ainty there.

  • Bruce - 2012-04-27 00:24

    My daughter missed tastic rice, says the rice in the UK is ghastly, But I think she has found a store selling SA goods, most important, Mrs Balls.

      tjohnsonuk - 2012-04-27 11:11

      Mrs Balls is available in Tesco and Sainsbury. As for good rice, there are so many options available in the UK, she could not have tried all of them. Suggest she try the Lidls easy cook rice, that's a really good one. 99p per 1Kg pack

  • Scouter - 2012-04-27 00:35

    Small price to pay in order to escape the all consuming corruption, the never ending crime and a thoroughly inept government ...... and of course, no future under Chinese colonialisation.

  • Geronimo - 2012-04-27 00:42

    Not sure why, biltong, wors and droewors are available at quite a few shops in London. Admittedly it is not as good as the stuff back home, but it is there for the lonely expat.

  • Peter - 2012-04-27 00:48

    Been living in the UK for 13 years now and I have missed those foods, maar "'n Boer maak a plan", so i buy meat when it is on special and make my own biltong, boerie and droewors. A request to Tesco ensured that we can now get Mrs Balls Chutney there.

      tjohnsonuk - 2012-04-27 11:13

      Peter, there are many many places selling authentic wors and biltong, all over the UK. And made by expats living in the UK now, so ignore the comments saying its not the same ;-)

  • seanpresherhughes_1 - 2012-04-27 00:48

    To mak your own biltong and/or boerewors is not rocket science! Comeon lazy people get off your but and start making some and stop complaining and do samething about it! Even inn that country, if you follow the correct procedures and climatic control/principlis and a homemade device you can do it!

  • Nikki Bodenstein - 2012-04-27 00:49

    Who cares really?

  • Carol - 2012-04-27 00:51

    Oh piffle !!! we are in Oz and have simply adjusted ,, Mrs Balls can be bought at any Coles and IMO the stuff is flippin awful, never used it. Maize meal can be bought and if you scout around enough you will find really good sausages. When in Rome etc as far as we are concerned !

      Wayne Hambides - 2012-04-27 08:33

      well i could not care less about the food i am gonna miss, i am immigrating in October and after living in SA for 44 years , i am glad to be leaving, sounds terrible but true. At least i know my son will have a better life and many more opportunities than here. Not trying to cause a stink i love SA but all its morales are gone and its only gonna get worse. face it. So dry wors, chutney etc etc aint gonna make me stay and be doomed

  • Honjiswa Luvalo - 2012-04-27 01:35


  • thokozani.mchunu - 2012-04-27 02:18

    you forgot Spur on the list. I missed it the most when i was living in the UK. I love SA

      Mark - 2012-04-27 15:37

      Dont know when you where here in the uk but there is now 10 spurs around the UK

  • Jayson - 2012-04-27 04:05

    Honestly,,,, I thought you guys would've missed the murder, rape, gang rape, government extortion, drive buy shootings, farm murders, etc..... Hell, this is sunny SA. Who would not miss a lekker piece of biltong. What a cr@p piece of journo,,,,

      Jayson - 2012-04-27 06:47

      Fannie. Its not that I'm pointing out the negativity in this country. I hear what you are saying. I was pointing out,, that there are more pressing issues to worry about. Than being concerned that our ex pats miss there biltong. Please lets be real about this. Its a poor stab at making a news story.

      Dean - 2012-04-27 14:35

      good luck jayson been living in canada for 5 years now best move ever.

  • Brian - 2012-04-27 04:41

    Guess wot guys but the 3 items are of Dutch origin. Check the suorces including Wikipedia. We however have made them our own.

  • jdvos - 2012-04-27 05:40

    Up the road from me in Christchurch is a South African family, butchers from Pretoria, who now have their own butcher here. They make the best boerewors! Our major chain stores over here have whole sections shelved with only South African goodies! we don't even need SA shops, makes me realise how many South Africans are over here.

  • hannesenbrianda - 2012-04-27 05:41

    Since when is Biltong. Droee Wors and Boerewors "Dutch"? It originated from the "Afrikaner" and the Afrikaner should get credit for it. If you eat Hutspot, rookworst, sauerkraut, rye bread etc that is Dutch. It is interesting to see how Australians developed a taste for Afrikaner food with Boerewors, Droee wors and Biltong readily available at normal Australian food stores. Even Appletiser and Mrs Balls are availabl.

      John - 2012-04-27 07:17

      Go here biltong was made in SA by Hollanders before they became Afrikaners. And boerewors - 2012-04-27 11:15

      what is with you people! who cares who invented you praise Bill Gates everyone you use your computer? you don't, so put a pipe in it!!! Play Texas hold em poker and have some biltong

      bluzulu - 2012-04-27 11:26

      No John B, It was not invented by the Afrikaaners , hahhaahahahhaahaa. The Egyptian mummies were entombed with vessels containing Dried meat. This was a 1000's of years before the Afrikaaners, In fact many of the existing OLDER cultures continue this practice.

  • bashin.monyela - 2012-04-27 07:04

    So its mostly white people, but wonder if black leave for the same reasons.

      cosmos.ndebele - 2012-04-27 08:00

      i left for better money !!!

      bluzulu - 2012-04-27 11:28

      So did I , now I'm back.

      Mtshezi Yonk'insipho Iyawasha Mkhize - 2012-04-28 15:59

      M out of the country too, n yeah twas to make money, learn a new culture n to experience something m not used to eg the food, Culture oh n Girls....

  • bashin.monyela - 2012-04-27 07:04

    So its mostly white people, but wonder if black leave for the same reasons.

      Balan - 2012-04-27 11:50

      bluzulu, you failed to live in NZ and don't have the skills to get you to Aussie thats why you are back in SA you SUCKER.

  • Daan - 2012-04-27 07:33

    Boerewors from Dutch origen!! - I understood it came about to make game more edible. Nothing Dutch about that.

  • Liezl - 2012-04-27 07:59

    I must say, after you have figured out how to do your own wors and biltong (even if it's not from the Karoo) the thing I miss most is Grapetizer!! Please sign a treaty with France and send some...

      Gavin - 2012-04-27 09:04

      Liezl, Appletiser & Grapetiser are SAB Miller products but distributed by Coca-Cola in the UK. You can buy them in any Tesco or Asda as well as many other shops & pubs. Hop across the channel and stock up. Currently on special @ £1 for a 750ml bottle ;-)

  • Lazarus - 2012-04-27 08:03

    Deport them to Holland before they steal your cows.

  • Gerhard - 2012-04-27 08:24

    Buying biltong overseas costs a fortune. I refuse to pay €40/kg for beef biltong, so I searched the web for tips on making your own. Turns out you can make it yourself using a cardboard box, 70W lightbulb and spices that you can buy anywhere. I built one out of wood and now make my own from German beef (which is poor quality) with really good results and it only costs me €15/kg.

      Gavin - 2012-04-27 09:10

      Dead easy Gerhard. I use a small fan heater, wooden box and Tesco beef at £6.99 per kg. Local butcher does venison & game sausage which is as good as Karoo wors. I'm not too sure about the Afrikaner claims to biltong though. The Americans were making "jerky" in the old frontier days.

      Gerhard - 2012-04-27 09:27

      Gavin, I have seen plans for the box with the fan heater, but mine uses only the heat and airflow generated by the lightbulb. I live in Germany so have to be content with "Rinderbrust". Buying it at €6,50/kg and factoring in spices, weight loss and electricity the biltong works out at roughly €15/kg. Bargain if you ask me. Soon I'll have a meat grinder and then I'll be giving homemade dried wors a go.

  • Susara - 2012-04-27 08:55

    Luckily we get biltong/wors at all the SA Shops. Quite a lot of shops make real Boerewors (Gold Coast Qld Aus)

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-27 09:09

    I thought they would miss the government too.

  • Elmarie - 2012-04-27 09:33

    I live in France and I make my own biltong, I can take the boerewors spice to the butcher and he makes it for me, mieliepap, I make, I find the maize in the Turkish shops, and no its not Polenta, I can find Mrs Balls and Marmite... So, I am pretty much sorted...

  • ASRPringle - 2012-04-27 09:37

    SPAR Beer mix biltong, decent (fresh) koeksusters, Chicken Licken Chilli Sauce and Mazoe OJ (I know its Zimbabwean but its still good) and a decent Blou bul steak of course...

  • christinephillips1000 - 2012-04-27 09:54

    I live in London! I miss biltong too but my local butcher, an English chap, makes some of the best biltong i have ever tasted. So I am a regular in his shop!

  • Stanton - 2012-04-27 10:18

    Im in Dublin and have access to almost everything you can buy at home.The biltong and boerewors isnt bad either.

  • antonvanzyl - 2012-04-27 11:55

    Stop talking nonsense, do you not know where the Snoggies or a Savannah outlet closest to you are?

  • lytteot7 - 2012-04-27 12:16

    I'm really interested to know how many brits are in south africa so is OZ and NZ compared to our countrymen that left for those countries.

      bluzulu - 2012-04-27 12:44

      Heaps in Auckland,

  • Mark - 2012-04-27 12:21

    and we have all the goodies and biltong and drywors and great braai worse here in SA outlets here in Taiwan too :)

  • antonvanzyl - 2012-04-27 12:35

    What I am really saying is I could not care two hoots about why you are here, just glad you are. There is a Snoggys right above platform 8 at Wimbledon, as you exit the staircase. Their droewors in not that good, but their biltong is excellent.

  • antonvanzyl - 2012-04-27 12:39

    And of course if you are really desperate you can ask the Els Clan to make you some biltong, even built their own machine, and they are really good! The only thing we miss is our family.

  • Ken - 2012-04-27 14:27

    It was a worldly craze.When the Dutch started to make biltong around the early 17 th century,the English in America were making jerky(biltong)and so were the English making biltong in Australia too.Its not a boere thing.However the expats love biltong more than the locals all over the world

  • Carolyn - 2012-04-27 15:00

    I have to agree with this article as all the items mentioned are the things that I miss. I have to also add that After 11 years in the U.K. I cannot find a replacement for Tastic rice and Handy Andy. Fortunately there are loads of Shops That I can buy these products from and they are delivered the next day. I do, however, make my own biltong and it is delicious, even if I do say so myself.

  • Mark - 2012-04-27 15:07

    Firstly your stats about 140 000 south africans in london is so far off the mark. That is the offical jargin from the high commission. However they only calculate people who have duel nationality. Actual estimate by the EU on south african in the UK exceed 400 000 and int he greater EU over 750 000 . facts rather than spin by the terrorist goverment. Biltong is freely available in over 190 outlets in london and the surrounding counties all manufactured by butcheries with importeed spices and south african owners and butchers, some shops sell Mrs balls and nik naks cheaper than the super markets in SA.

      Hadebe - 2012-04-27 19:59

      N ure stil here? You must be loving it here.

  • Mark - 2012-04-27 15:32

    The best priced butchery and retail shop , must be the biggest shop is in Erith nr the dartford bridge . called Foods4u . awesome meats and the prices are the best . peppermint crisp is 60p ( pick n pay R6.79), cans of coldrink only 70p ( pick n pay R 6.10) even Mrs ball chutney is only £1.50 a bottle ( pick n pay online R14.99) and we have 20% VAt here in the UK , you people are being ripped off badly in SA

  • Pj - 2012-04-27 17:05

    So true

  • PieterSarel - 2012-04-27 23:31

    I lived for 7 years in the UK, bought UK made biltong and droewors wherever I could find it, even at £100/kg, smuggled some in on visits until my wife got caught at Gatwick. The guards at London tower said once on a tour "oh, a biltong smuggler" when he heard we were from Saffa. I reckon that is probably a true reflection of my own experience.

  • Mtshezi Yonk'insipho Iyawasha Mkhize - 2012-04-28 15:54

    I live in Korea n yeah I got my days when I miss Biltong bt not as much as Pap n some Vleis, I took my Canadian, Australian n American colleagues to a South African restaurant last weekend we had some Pap, Vors, with some Some Braai Meat. They liked it a lot n wana go back soon!! I miss Mzansi its people, its amazing sceneries and its food......Proudly South African wherever I am....

  • Ryan - 2012-04-30 17:10

    I love South Africa & I like living in South Africa.

  • Amanda - 2012-05-01 05:11

    Mmmmmhhhhh I wonder why the "dutch" impact is pointed out ???? Hello !!!!! its still South Africa or should I say Suid Afrika, if it was the dutch that started the country and why should they not still have an impact? Im just wondering if the person that did the survey was expecting the dutch to go away ?

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