We’ve all been there. It’s the last day of your holiday back home. You’ve just about emptied Dischem and Pick n Pay in a frantic, last minute shop. After packing, re-packing and eventually swearing your suitcase closed, you get on the bathroom scale with your suitcase just to confirm what you already know – 1) you’ve picked up a staggering amount of weight in the two weeks you’ve been home (garage pies and Steri Stumpies for breakfast, anyone?) and 2) you’re going to pay the equivalent of your plane ticket in overweight luggage if you don’t leave some things behind.
You start wondering if you really need to take all those clothes back to Hong Kong. And as you hold a Tupperware container filled with your mom’s homemade rusks in one hand and a heavy winter jacket in your other, you decide which one sparks joy faster than you can say ‘ouma’. Fast forward to two weeks post-holiday. Despite your best efforts, you’ve failed miserably at rationing your treats from home. Your clothes still don’t fit because you’ve basically been following a Voortrekker camp diet of coffee and rusks, droëwors, biltong and NikNaks. And along with the post-holiday blues that always hit after coming back from sunny South Africa, you’ve also run out of Bar Ones to cheer you up.
Lucky for us, South African culture in the 852 has grown immensely over the past few years. We have multiple suppliers of South African products in Hong Kong – each bringing something unique to the table, while providing the all-important BBD (biltong, boerewors and droëwors) combo. If you’ve run out of your South African favourites and need to restock or just crave a taste of home, check out our comprehensive guide to all things South African right here in Hong Kong.
South African Food
If you’re craving high-quality, fresh meat for a braai, take a look at Biltong Chief. Working in partnership with a trusted family-run butchery in South Africa, they provide a delicious variety of fresh and frozen beef, lamb, chicken and of course BBD to meat lovers in Hong Kong.*
Apart from next-day delivery for orders placed before 1 p.m. (Monday to Saturday), their biltong products are also available in shops all over the city.
Rusky Business brings a little taste of home to Hong Kong with their traditional farm style rusks and other South African treats made the way owner and baker, Mariella Vlok’s, grandmother from Kakamas taught her. You don’t get any more authentic than that! Rusky Business offers a selection buttermilk and bran rusks as well as other treats such as Malva Pudding. They can also be contacted for catering and other South African dishes. Orders can be placed via their Facebook page or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking for some boerewors and biltong for a braai? Always dreamt of owning a potjie or proper braai grid? Look no further than The Saffa. Apart from handy braai gear, novelty items and BBD, they also provide a variety of South African beer, ciders, wines and spirits. The Saffa also organises large-scale events in Hong Kong. Over the past few years they have brought South African celebrities such as Suzelle DIY, Kevin Fraser and Jack Parrow to the city.
Goodies from The Saffa can be found at the following shops and restaurants – Africa Coffee & Tea (Wong Chuk Hang), Brothers Store (Lamma Island), Electric Ave (Sai Ying Pun), Ocean in Pot (Kennedy Town), Forbes 36 (Kennedy Town), Die Stoep (Mui Wo) and Three Sheets (Discovery Bay).
The South African Shop
The South African Shop has been around since 2012 and is a one-stop shop for all your South African grocery and toiletry needs. Of course, they also stock the ever important BBD. If you’re after something that they don’t stock, they’ll even try their best to bring in your requested product. How’s that for service?! Their top qualtiy biltong products can also be found in stores across the city.*
Winerack (Hoi Pong Square, Sai Kung), Butcherking (Yi Chun St, Sai Kung), Hebe Haven Yacht Club (Hiram’s Highway, Sai Kung) and the Hive (Tai Mong Tsai Rd, Sai Kung)
Central & Western District:
Winerack (High St, Sai Ying Pun)
South African Wines
We’re extremely lucky to have a massive variety of South African wine available in Hong Kong. Wines of South Africa (WOSA) have done the research for us and a comprehensive list of South African wine suppliers can be found here.
Coba Foods & Lifestyle
Finally – a solution that allows you to braai whenever and wherever you like. Coba Foods & Lifestyle brings you the Lotus Grill – an almost smoke-free BBQ which can be used on a balcony, yacht, indoors, on the beach or at a picnic. The Lotus Grill extremely convenient and easy to clean. A must for any South African in need of a braai fix!*
To check out their handy grills in person, you can visit these shops across the city.
Central & Western District:
Lift Lifestyle (Smithfield, Kennedy Town), Feather & Bone (Gage St, Central; Des Voeux Rd W, Sai Ying Pun)
Wan Chai District:
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (Kellett Island, Causeway Bay)
Patio Mart (Horizon Plaza, Ap Lei Chau)
Feather & Bone (Clearwater Bay)
Now that you’ve got your meat and your braai, check out this super handy list of Hong Kong’s best braai spots here.
(South) African Inspired Restaurants
Africa Coffee & Tea
Africa Coffee & Tea is a real hidden gem. Tucked away in an office building in Wong Chuk Hang, this beautiful cafe and event space is sure to surprise first-time visitors. ACT truly embodies their motto ‘Do good. Drink great.’ by sourcing only the finest sustainable and directly traded single-origin African coffee. Owner Charlene Hua also ensures that they follow sustainable business practices, and they constantly work towards minimising waste and being kinder to the environment.*
If you’re serious about bread, then Baked should be on your carbs bucket list. This vibey spot in the heart of Central, owned by South African chef and baker Zahir Mohamed, offers diners some seriously good food as well as incredible cocktails. Grab a seat under their Insta-worthy ‘Just Be Lekker’ neon sign for a casual weekend brunch or drinks.
The Stoep by Capo Group
The Stoep is one of the oldest restaurants in South Lantau and owner Dolla Young is a household name amongst South Africans in Hong Kong. If you’re after a true taste of home, look no further than The Stoep. With dishes such as Bobotie with Yellow Rice, Lamb Bredie and Boererwors, along with Dolla’s infamous freshly baked bread, you’re sure to leave feeling like you’ve had a hearty family meal at home. The dessert menu also offers authentic South African treats such as Malva Pudding and Peppermint Crisp Tart. Apart from traditional South African dishes, The Stoep by Capo Group also offers authentic Italian food and the new menu includes Italian staples such as cold cuts, pasta and steak. The restaurant is located in Riverwalk, Mui Wo, and its lovely terrace overlooking the canal is the perfect setting to sit back and enjoy a glass of South African wine or beer.*
*SAAHK Members qualify for an array of discounts from these suppliers. For discount terms and conditions and membership information, please visit our website.