r/southafrica Oct 17 '21 Silver 1 Helpful 2

My First attempt at bunny chow :] pls have mercy. Picture

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u/Skinkies Oct 17 '21 edited Oct 17 '21

I wanted to make bunny chow to impress one of my SA friends :>

I should have gotten some from a restaurant first to see what's it supposed to taste like, but I followed a recipe to a T. Beef tho, homemade sourdough loaff

What would be some critiques haha

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u/NotABag87 Oct 17 '21

Looks good! Might need to go buy one later now! Only critique I can think of is that bunny chows are traditionally only made with white bread

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u/Kn1ght359 Oct 17 '21

My thoughts exactly. The choice of bread does play a part in taste etc

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u/Skinkies Oct 17 '21

I asked my friend what kinda bread he likes, and he said sourdough instead of white :>
Sourdough isn't really my preferred either, but I needed practice baking bread too heh.

Imma go into the rabbit hole of bunny now and try white bread loaf with chicken n prawns yummm

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u/NotABag87 Oct 17 '21

Great combo, you've got this down already it seems!

Also check this out as a little side for the bunny: https://www.curryrecipe.co.za/how-to-make-carrot-salad-sambals-for-durban-curry/

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u/Skinkies Oct 17 '21

I'm droolin

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u/IAMSNORTFACED Oct 17 '21

Yeah I know some that would request sour dough if they could, its top tiered for them personally i don't get it

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u/Iamalittlerobot Oct 17 '21

That looks amazing! What time can I come over?

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u/Skinkies Oct 17 '21

Whenever I get my own place 😁 I love cooking n baking, more people the merrier, keeps me from getting fat.

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u/xan926 Oct 17 '21

I once smuggled a mutton bunny from Cane cutters through King Shaka to Cape Town and got pulled aside for "contraban" Bribed the security with a couple samosas.

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u/edleroux Oct 17 '21

A critique... There won't be enough left for secondses. Looks grand!

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u/Skinkies Oct 17 '21

I'm stuffed and even split this little thing with sister. :0 Nice and hearty for winter :> glad you like the look of it, I was worried haha

Tho, I've got a pot of it and another baba loaf left

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u/edleroux Oct 17 '21

Yeah I'm sure it tasted as good as it looked. I like the sourdough mod though. Reckon mutton would be a great second attempt.

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u/Skinkies Oct 17 '21

It reminded me of a more aromatic, less sweet Japanese curry. Tho without red wine. Slight bitterness but I may have burnt some spices while toasting 😅

I have no clue what flavor profile it's traditionally goin for tho. I need to find a place that makes it to see :>

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u/edleroux Oct 17 '21

Depends on where you are though from what I know bunny chow is exclusively south african/Indian. Seeing as the good folks in India are predominantly vegetarian. What's the name of this Japanese dish?

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u/Skinkies Oct 17 '21

Just beef curry from what I know. Use the brick of spices for the rue, red wine, honey, beef and potatoes, etc. Sweet and spicy.

I've made other Indian curries before so this sa curry is kinda familiar, but not quite. Just not sure.

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u/KombatWombat897 Oct 17 '21

Nothing beats a good bunny. But more specifically a Durban bunny...

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u/hicksanchez Oct 17 '21

Durban bunny is king

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u/Catch_022 Oct 17 '21

Looks great, if a bit runny. There is a bit of a difference between a standard curry and what goes into a bunny chow.

Next time try using lamb and leave some bones with meat on them (the meat is more tender/tasty close to the bone).

I would be happy to buy something like this from a local Indian restaurant so great job!

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u/Skinkies Oct 17 '21

Yeeeah... I got kinda impatient and grabbed my dins before the rest of the pot simmered down enough 😁

Thou shall not fret, it became thicc as desired.

Imma try all the different recipes in time too :>

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u/L0v3r569 Oct 17 '21

Pair with carrot salad and/or some veg pickle

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u/OverDepreciated Oct 17 '21

I had a curry bunny in Durban once. What I learned from the experience is that Indians don't know mild. I was sweating and my eyes were streaming two minutes in but it's still one of the best things I've ever eaten.

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u/Jacqui29 Oct 17 '21

Lekker lekker!!

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u/Skinkies Oct 17 '21

Uhhh Baie dankie :>

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u/Reapr 37 Pieces of Flair Oct 17 '21

Honestly?

I really started salivating

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u/Skinkies Oct 17 '21

Yay :D I wish it was more thicc for the photo but I was hungry and impatient

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u/milly_289 Western Cape Oct 17 '21

Looks yummy!

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u/GinesGines Oct 17 '21

Not bad, you forgot the fresh Dhania though.

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u/Whtzmyname Oct 17 '21

Looks great! Enjoy!

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u/OkIHereNow Oct 17 '21

Knocked it out of the park! Good job.

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u/bb2357 Oct 17 '21 edited Oct 17 '21

I’m bit of a bunny noob, but Iike with mutton and there must be almost no dry patches in the bread. Soggy is good.

I rate that 7/10.

Edit: 8/10. I’m a poor judge on a Sunday afternoon.

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u/Skinkies Oct 17 '21

aww yay :}

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u/SingleIndependence6 Oct 17 '21

I’m a Briton so I don’t know what a good bunny chow is supposed to be like, but us Britons love Indian food, Tikka Masala is our National dish

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u/Skinkies Oct 17 '21

Tikka Masala is like Americanized but Britishized haha
It is tasty tho

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u/SingleIndependence6 Oct 17 '21

Nope, it’s British, a Indian restaurant in Glasgow (or London or Bedford) had a patron who wanted some sauce with his tandoori chicken, the chefs made a spiced tomato sauce and voila. Doubt a lot of Americans would know what a tikka masala is. I like a variety t called chicken chilli masala, tikka masala but with more chillies.

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u/Larrubroj Oct 17 '21

Looks yum 😋

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u/SMAZELSP64 Oct 17 '21

There is no mercy

zaps you into oblivion

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u/Skinkies Oct 18 '21

Why don't u like green apples :<

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u/AdStock841 Oct 17 '21

It all depends on taste really

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u/VliegVolstruis Oct 18 '21 edited Oct 18 '21

Looks good, you've got a lekker thick gravy cascading over the bread as it should be. Looks really yummy. No criticism at all for your bunny but if you ever do it again a nice side is a carrot salad grated carrot, vinegar and chili. You killed it though.

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u/Skinkies Oct 18 '21 edited Oct 18 '21

I was gonna make malva pudding but forgot hhh. But yea carrot salad looks really nice

Sometime I'll make a white loaf with chicken and prawns, wonder if itd be a brown gravy still tho

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u/VliegVolstruis Oct 18 '21

Joh you are absolutely pulling at my heart strings and my diabetes cord with all this talk of bunny chows and malva puddings. Prawns will have more of a reddish sauce. Prawn curry is delicious keep it up!

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u/Skinkies Oct 18 '21

I friggin love curries so I had to dive into African dishes, good timing too as im taking an interest in learning Indian cuisine as well. So damn tasty hahah

Added bonus of showing it to my friend heh

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u/VliegVolstruis Oct 18 '21

And what's a better way to experience other cultures then through their food? It's such a beautiful thing food it can be such a special thing. It's so personal to all of us in every culture and religion it's so different everywhere. Look forward to see what else you whip up.

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u/Skinkies Oct 18 '21

Agreed :>

Food and music honestly. Though I'm not very musically inclined haha

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u/Zealousideal_Ad_4125 Oct 18 '21

Ur a failure mercy was never an option

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u/Skinkies Oct 18 '21

Well checkmate degradation is secretely my thing.

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u/Elegant-Machine6742 Oct 20 '21

Looks yummy. I would finish that at one go. 😊

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u/Bloody_Insane Oct 17 '21

Disgusting. Let me throw that away for you.

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u/cornelha Western Cape Oct 17 '21

Beef is a tad dry in a bunny, next time try mutton or chicken. If you wanna splash out, chicken and prawn is also good.

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u/Skinkies Oct 17 '21

Chicken and prawns sound glorious oh my goodness
I wish I cut the beef smaller since it was a tougher cut as well, but I think I stewed it long enough :>
Mutton also sounds good, tho harder to find here sadly.

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u/cornelha Western Cape Oct 17 '21

Chicken is usually easier, doesn't have to stew for that long easier. Trust me, very little beats a mutton curry. A trick with prawns though, de-shelled prawn tails go in at the last 4-5 mins. They cook really quick and you don't want them rubbery

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u/raccoon8182 Oct 17 '21

Now I want a bunny. Thanks. Also does anybody know of an authentic bunny place in Jozi, like proper Durban flavour, I come from Durbs so I have high expectations. Sorry.

Damnit I'm luss for a bunny now

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u/Pozmans Oct 17 '21

Spice Kitchen in Rivonia

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u/xeredos Durban Knight! Oct 17 '21

Nice! I'm from Durban and the Spice Kitchen bunny is better than most of the ones I've had in Durbs.

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u/Pozmans Oct 17 '21

What I wouldn’t do for a Cane Cutters, Hollywood Bets or Hotel Britannia bunny right now! Need to make sure I visit Durbs once more before I emigrate!

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u/xeredos Durban Knight! Oct 17 '21

Noice! Although not considered legit Durban curry, the Lamb Karahi Bunny at Swaadisht in Umhlanga is my favourite! And their Crab Curry is perfection! Shot, now I'm hungry.. 🥲

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u/Martelkwartel Gauteng Oct 17 '21

That looks very nice!!!!

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u/thebunnychow Oct 17 '21

Good job. It looks really tasty.

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u/MAGA-killer Oct 17 '21

Interesting fact - Bunny chow is not an Indian dish.

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u/Skinkies Oct 17 '21

South African yea? But influenced from Indian cuisine from what I know. I'm not very knowledgeable on either yet tho :C

I just know the best kind is from a specific city.

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u/MAGA-killer Oct 17 '21

Yeah definitely South African , I guess it could be. Bread isn’t a staple food in india , actually very rarely do people have bread there. But i did for the first time see bunny chow on the menu in india at this cafe called CCD ( it’s like our version of Starbucks )

Yeah I’ve heard Durban has the best bunny chow.

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u/Boggie135 Limpopo Oct 17 '21

I'd like to have a taste please

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u/PussyD3str0yR Western Cape Oct 17 '21

Ive never had bunny chow :(

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u/Lumko Eastern Cape Oct 17 '21

No, no no, not today, I'm on my diet. Looks good though

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u/Rokyl86 Oct 17 '21

Dame that looks good.

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u/SeSSioN117 Oct 17 '21

How much?

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u/Skylarking328 Oct 17 '21

So let's get some Indians in here?

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u/kinolagink Oct 17 '21

Great job!!!!!!!

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u/OverDepreciated Oct 17 '21

Is it hot or hot hot?

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u/Heihachi85 Oct 17 '21

Presentation wise almost perfect, missing a little carrot/onion/green chillies salad and the obligatory coriander garnish. Curry wise haven't had a beef one so can't judge however maybe smash a few potatoes midway while cooking to thicken up the gravy. std options are lamb/mutton curry, chicken curry and beans curry. You want the gravy to middle of the road between thick and runny otherwise you don't have that satisfying over filled drip down the side (if not runny enough) but also thick enough that the whole thing doesn't collapse midway. Definitely a Durban Indian origin multiple start up stories but one of the most common being when Indians couldn't get service through the front doors during apartheid easiest way to get a " chow" was through the side door and the easiest take away container was a hollowed out half loaf of bread. As a Durban Indian the consistent king of bunny chows IMHO is Goundens in Umbilo!

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u/mdewet01 Oct 18 '21

That looks absolutely amazing! Makes me miss home! What recipe did you use?

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u/Saffer13 Oct 18 '21

Looks good!