Comfort food at a Slow Market: Belgian flavours

Slow food markets has become a huge trend over the last few years in South Africa.  Exploring different artisan foods is a brilliant way for me to spend some of my weekends.  The food quality and locations of the markets are excellent.  Some are held in the city center of Cape Town while others lurks on the outskirts at small bay towns or deep in the wine country on some of the most pristine wine estates.  You can taste flavors from all over the world.  I usually enjoy Asian with freshly made dim sum and soft pork buns.  The other day I had a toasted haloumni wrap of sorts made Cretan style.  Lately I have noticed a pattern though.  I always seem to track down the same BELCROQ stall and end up with a delicious cheesy Belgian croquet on my plate…The last time this happened, at the Blaauwklippen family market on the Blaauwklippen wine estate in Stellenbosch, I made a few notes.

There’s a variety of flavors to choose from.  The croquettes can be filled with beef, prawn, chicken and my favorite cheese.  They also sell other popular Belgian delicacies like oliebollen, bitterbalen, Belgian waffles and delicious Belgian frietjes (fries) with that really, really tasty and deliciously creamy Belgian mayo.  I have tried everything on the menu.  The croquettes look extremely simple but they’re packed with flavor!  My favorite is the cheese croquet, which comes served with strawberry jam as a perfect combination!  This is my ultimate comfort food and reminds me of my time in Belgium when I traveled there in high school.








8 thoughts on “Comfort food at a Slow Market: Belgian flavours

  1. Oh wow, I wouldn’t have imagined that these kind of dishes were popular abroad 🙂 this is crazy ! Thanks for sharing that 😀 I love the ones filled with prawns, then I put ome fresh lemon on it and drink a glass of white wine… hmmm


  2. Those croquettes look absolutely delicious – I’m going to Belgium next week so really looking forward to trying the frites with Belgian mayo after reading this!


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