|Store Type |||Food/Drink|
|Payment |||Interac, MasterCard, Visa|
|Neighbourhood |||North Vancouver|
|Cross Street |||3rd Street|
|Tues-Fri: 10AM-6PM Sat: 10AM-4PM|
Profile Last Updated: September 08, 2008
South African cuisine comes from a climate that produces fresh food all year round. The mix of African, Dutch, Malay, Indian and British cultures produced distinctive tastes, even in the everyday commercial products. Biscuits, for instance, have far less sugar than Canadian, and are, thus more flavourful. Lemon Creams are unique too.
Owners Pasquale and Ria Cozza ran a butchery in South Africa, and prepare cuts of chicken and beef South African style. Pasquale immigrated from Italy to South African, where Ria's Afrikaans heritage introduced him to traditional meat preparation. In Canada, they found South African expats nostalgic for things like instant coffee (amazing!), and concentrated juices at reasonable Canadian prices.
Traditional Dutch influence is in their house made biltong (like jerky) and boerewors (spiced sausage), also dried. Try the rusks, a uniquely South African coffee accompaniment – dried biscuits with buttermilk flavour that are a Superhero version of biscotti.
All Flavours Are Welcome
Oriental spices from Malayan and Indian cuisine are now universal South African favourites. Tops on the list might be Mrs. Ball's Chutney, which isa great curry condiment. Also, Pakco's Chili Bite mix, a spiced flour mix that's mixed with water and dropped into hot fat, results in a very spicy, crunchy snack. Ceres fruit juices sell throughout Vancouver, showing off South Africa’s cornucopia of fresh fruit, and their jams also encompass those flavours, such as gooseberry, fig and youngberry.