In Durban the Indian media group members were already talking about Bunny Chow. Being a vegetarian I initial thought it has something to do with a rabbit! After all we were in South Africa! Thankfully my suspicions were completely unfounded and Bunny Chow feels like a close cousin of our Paav Bhaji in India. Both vegetarian and non vegetarian options are available for Bunny Chow.
I was surprised to see a detailed Wikipedia page devoted to Bunny Chow, it is a popular dish in Durban and beyond! The article traces two origins of the dish in Durban and both have unmistakably Indian roots. The first time I tried it out the bread and the gravy was kept separately and I don’t think I did a decent job of mixing it. I was underwhelmed by this iconic dish when I tasted it at the hotel breakfast. But it was talked about so much that I was willing to try it again.
The next time we ordered at the Taste of India Restaurant at Durban and they made it really well. This is a popular Indian dish at Durban and if you are craving for some comfort home food you can safely order it. The restaurant also had daal/rice and many other types of biryani. Now I am someone who just needs vegetarian food, I do not look for Indian food on my trips abroad. But I realized, I become so happy when I accidentally do get home food away from home! I secretly crave home food after all!
South African food is also spicy in general and you don’t have to worry about the food being bland. But if you want to taste Indian food in Durban, Bunny Chow is a legend and it has to be tried at least once.