Where does it come from?
It’s a meal that’s part of Durban’s DNA.
Aaah, the glorious bunny!
According The cultural tripthe bunny chow is part of Durban’s DNA.
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As South Africa gears up for Heritage Month, a rabbit is definitely a favorite South African dish.
The question is, where exactly does it come from? Darren, Keri and Sky recently talked about it on Darren Maule’s Get Fact’d show on Aug. 11.
They returned to the subject this morning and also turned to KZN for information. We think they may found the origin. Listen to that below.
Then there seem to be other theories as to how the bunny chow came about.
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The exact origins of bunny chow are shrouded in myth and legend, but one school of thought claims they were invented by a chef at the Queen’s Tavern.
Another theory is that it was invented for Indian shopping carts in Durban Royal Golf Coursewho couldn’t get away from work long enough to hit Gray Street for a lunchtime curry.
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The story goes that they brought their friends over to buy them the curry and it was brought back to the golf course in hollowed-out loaves of bread, as there were no disposable food containers at the time.
The explanation that rabbits were first created in gray street holds some water because the traders there were known as banias.
Therefore, the phrase Bunny Chow could mean traders’ food.
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