Some of our kind friends here in Qingdao invited us over to their apartment for a South African inspired dinner. Justin and I had been talking about having bobotie (pronounced ‘buh-booty’) for ages, so we were really excited when this evening finally rolled around. I must add that our host, Warren, was NOT South African so he felt a little nervous cooking a South African dish for me, but he did a great job! Another South African friend of ours, Jenny, also came to the dinner and she brought a huge milk tart for dessert. If you recall the post we did in July about our friends bringing us dinner after Elijah’s birth, you will remember that Jenny brought us milk tart then too. We couldn’t get over how incredibly tasty those mini-milk tarts were… there’s something amazing about eating the foods that you grew up on when you are in a foreign country! It’s that deliciously familiar taste and great conversation with good friends that makes you feel like you are right back at home again!
The dinner table is set
For our South African dinner we enjoyed bobotie, yellow rice, bread rolls, fruit salad, wine (not South African but still delicious), and finally milk tart for dessert. Little Eli got a seat at the table too, but he ended up staring at his reflection in the silver fruit salad bowl on the table. He’s not much of a talker (yet). We really enjoyed the good company and absolutely amazing food. If you are wondering what the heck bobotie, yellow rice and milk tart are, here’s a little more on each of those…
Bobotie (or bobotjie) is a South African dish consisting of spiced minced meat baked with an egg-based topping. Yellow rice is a traditional South African side dish which comes from the Cape Malays, originally brought in as slaves in the 17th century. It is easy and plain, great with meat dishes, and almost always served with bobotie. The yellow colour comes from the turmeric in the recipe. Milk tart (or “melktert” in Afrikanns) is a South African dessert. It is a sweet pastry crust containing a creamy filling made from milk, flour, sugar and eggs.
Justin, Zach, Warren, Jenny and Baby Eli
The main dish… bobotie
Hmmm.. milk tart for dessert
This was a wonderful dinner with friends, and we appreciate their efforts in preparing such amazing food for us. Justin had only eaten bobotie once before this, in Cape Town, and he loved it so this was a real treat for both of us. Thank you kind friends!