Historical Bo Kaap can be a great place to pause, interact with some residents and get a flavour of Cape Malay cuisine. If you don't have time (2.5 hours) for the full Cape Malay cooking experience, you can opt for Cape Malay snacks.
Local residents open up their homes throughout the day and show us the fine art of samosa folding (with a variety of fillings), and you get the opportunity to interact with their families.
After you have prepared your samosas they are deep fried immediately, along with some chilli bites and for dessert, some koeksisters. Once you have tasted samosas freshly fried you will find that this is the only way to enjoy them.
Koeksisters are like a spicy doughnut and enjoyed in the Cape Malay culture for a dessert or on a Sunday morning breakfast
This experience can be enjoyed by two people or a group and a great way to take a pause on a city walk.
The whole experience takes around 45 minutes, and afterwards we take a walk down the hill, enjoy this cultural heritage area of Bo Kaap and learn about the history of Muslims in South Africa.
I have taken many guests over the years for a cooking experience with Faldela in her home in the Cape Malay Quarter (BoKaap), and last week we enjoyed the special experience of breaking the fast with her family during the holy month of Ramadan. At this time of year the fast is broken around 5.50pm so we planned our arrival at her home for 4pm so that the guests could have plenty of time to enjoy the cooking experience of making chicken curry, samoosas, and roti.
For the lunch time cooking experience I usually arrive around 11am and the house is quiet as the children are at school. A totally unique experience today as it was a Saturday and Ramadan. It was all hands on deck in the kitchen as the children were assisting in making special treats for the neighbours. It is customary for the children living in the Bo Kaap to deliver treats to the neighbours about an hour before the fast is broken so the kitchen is busy with local children in and out bringing treats.
First up we made roti my mixing flour and water and then followed Faldela's instructions on the special way they need to be prepared and rolled out.
Next we made the salad and the chicken curry
Faldela explains all the spices
We don't need a watch or a clock to know the time to break the fast. We are in the heart of the Bo Kaap so we wait until we hear the mosque, prayers are said and supper is served. The fast is often broken with something sweet, like a cake, and then the feast is enjoyed
If you would like to book a cooking experience with Faldela in the Bo Kaap please contact her 072 483 4040