At food events I am constantly being asked whether there is any rabbit in the bunny chow! 

Some people also find it hard to grasp the concept that you take a hollowed out loaf of bread and fill it with curry  - and a. a curry is South African (Durban has the highest Indian urban population outside of India) and b. it doesn't come with rice.  

So here it is - the Bunny chow story

During the Great Depression in 1933 Indians, whites and Chinese in Durban, South Africa, suffered hunger like everyone else. The kids then discovered that the cheapest curry they could buy (for a quarter penny or half a penny) was made by a vegetarian Indian caste known in Durban slang as the Bania. It was made from dried sugarbeans (no meat). The children didn't have plates, and one kid got the bright idea to hollow out a quarter bread, asked the seller to put the bean curry in the hollowed-out bread, and then used the broken bread he's taken out as a sort of eating utensil. Chinese food was called "chow". Somehow the two words came together: Bania Chow. In time it simply became known as Bunny Chow. Bunny Chow was what the Indian sugar plantation workers took as their day's food to the lands: curry in hollowed-out bread halves. Cheap and practical ... Today it does not matter what your skin colour or station in life is: Durbanites and people from the Kwa-Zulu-Natal province love their bunny chow ...

.....and we love it too!! - You can find us serving up our famous mutton bunny at Digbeth Dining Club (Lower trinity street, Birmingham)  next Friday 26th May 2017


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