Lately I’ve been really missing South African food. So much so that we ended up making a delicious gatsby for supper the other night. I also tried making a beef stew, but there’s some knack to it that I just don’t have. Probably I need to cook the beef longer.
So I’ve been lussing for biltong and droe wors and even rooibos tea. I didn’t used to drink tea much in SA, but now that we’re here, if I’m gonna drink tea, I’d rather it be rooibos.
The Irish (except for my hubby, whom I’ve converted) don’t really seem to favour biltong, though, so I had my doubts that I’d be able to find it in any butchery here. The reaction has often been one of puzzlement mixed with disgust – why would you want to snack on meat?! Obviously they haven’t tried the right biltong.
Then I had a brainwave – type “biltong” into google.ie and see what it comes up with. Lo and behold, I found a shop in Ireland that sells all kinds of South African food – from biltong, to Fritos, to All Gold peaches. I looked up their address on Google Maps, and as you can see in the picture below, they’re quite a bit west of the city centre, in a place called Kilcock. Yep, the name’s for real, and you say it exactly the way you think you do.
After a bit of further searching, I found another South African goods shop, this time a bit closer, in the city centre (where the green arrow points). So just a train ride from Balbriggan (where we stay) to the city centre, then a little walk from the station to the shop. I am quite pleased with my find, and looking forward to some yummy snacks 🙂 Thank you Google!