Dim Sum Restaurants in South Africa

Yum Cha! Yum cha, or dim sum as it’s known in the West, refers to the act of taking tea. Here’s a countrywide dim sum restaurant round-up to satisfy your cravings for these moreish bites. Dim Sum Restaurants in South Africa, written by Ishay Govender-Ypma (@IshayGovender) for Financial Mail. Dim sum has its roots in the [...]

Durban’s Art Scene

 A tough city for artists, Ishay Govender-Ypma explores the heart of the Durban’s Art Scene and creative spirit. For AFK Travel Undercover City Durban Taxi Mural Durban’s potential tends to bubble beneath the surface, not quite as bold and direct as Johannesburg or Cape Town. Durban is a laid-back city on many counts, [...]

By |2017-07-03T21:06:53+00:00February 25th, 2016|Culture & People, Reported Work, Travel|0 Comments

How Durban, My Hometown, Made Me Who I Am

A Love Letter to Durban, city of my birth - South Africa  Durban, my hometown - the love I have for the city that made me who I am today. Durban ("Durbs") will forever live in my heart. For AFK Travel, 15 Dec 2015.  From the chilly west coast of South Africa, I find myself looking [...]

By |2017-05-22T11:42:52+00:00December 28th, 2015|Creative Non-Fiction|0 Comments

The Durban Curry

The Durban Curry - Kwa-Zulu Natal Spice Pot  The cuisine of the Indian descendants, whose forbears arrived in Durban to work on the sugar cane fields under British rule in the late 1800s, has remained and grown to represent a significant culinary contribution to both the province of Kwa-Zulu Natal and the food of South [...]

By |2017-05-19T14:26:58+00:00June 23rd, 2015|Culture & People, Food, Reported Work|0 Comments

Durban – My Kind of City

Durban - My Kind of City Durban seaside Durban by the sea - a short guide for The National UAE. Why Durban? Durban, with its palm trees and banana plantations within the Kingdom of the Zulu along the east coast of South Africa, is often overlooked in favour of glamourous cousin Cape Town. [...]

By |2017-05-19T14:32:01+00:00January 24th, 2015|Reported Work, Travel|0 Comments

Deep-Fried Green Bananas with Green Chilli & Tamarind Dipping Sauce

When I was a child living in KwaZulu Natal, spicy battered deep-fried green bananas, or plantain when we could get it, was a delicacy we loved even more than fried chips. Here's a recipe for this dish served with a green chilli tamarind dipping sauce.

By |2017-05-22T07:56:32+00:00August 28th, 2013|Food, Reported Work|0 Comments

Spiced Okra with Tomato

The trick, I think is to cook the okra for far less time than the aunties will tell you to. It can stand to hold just a little crunch. A little vinegar added will help combat the mushiness. Amchur (dried mango powder) adds a lovely tangy element, balanced with green chilli and warming cumin and coriander. It's a dry braised "curry" of sorts.

By |2017-05-22T08:00:22+00:00July 23rd, 2013|Food, Reported Work|12 Comments