Okay, so a new country, a new taste test.
We are in South Africa right now and you can’t come to this country and not try Biltong.
So that is what I have right here in this brown paper bag. So Biltong is a dried cured meat similar to
beef jerky and this is what it looks like. So we got ourselves some beef biltong but
apparently you can get different kinds of meats. Like game meat or ostrich. This is
cow. And it is quite hard and chewy but it makes a really nice snack, so let’s say you’re
riding the bus or going on a really long trip it is kind of nice to just have a bag full
and be munching away. That’s what we have been doing for the past few days. So for me Biltong is kind of like premium
jerky. And there is three key differences. First off, it is sliced a lot thicker. Secondly,
they use vinegar in the curing process along with salt and pepper. Which is a little bit
different from regular jerky which doesn’t have any vinegar whatsoever. And the third
key difference is Biltong is not smoked whereas jerky is. Okay, so the purchasing process? What was
awesome is that we went into a kind of like what would be considered a deli that specialized
in Biltong. And when we went in there was all of these different kinds of dried meat
hanging up in different sections. There was one that was game meat, there was one that
was regular, there was a premium kind. I can’t remember but there was a forth kind as well.
And anyways, what you would do is pick this meat off of a hook and bring it over to these
ladies who would then put it through a grinder and it would go into this bag like that. So
it was a really cool to be right there involved in the process. And it just made it a lot
more special. And the other thing that I really noticed that was a big difference is that
the quality of the actual meat itself is a lot better than what comes from say packaged
pre-packed stuff you would find in a store. So the word Biltong. What does it mean? I
actually had to look this up but now I can tell you. So ‘Bil’ apparently comes from the
Dutch word for rump and ‘Tong’ means strip or tongue. But contrary to popular belief
Biltong is not made from bull’s tongue, so don’t be afraid to try it because of that. What have you got in your hand over there?
Okay, and last but not least we have something called Cabanossi which kind of looks like
a dried pepperoni stick. We also picked this up at the same store we got the Biltong. So
I’m going to try that. Yeah, so it is kind of like a greasy salami stick. Again, chewy,
salty, flavorful. I think it makes a great snack. Which one do you like better? Or do
you like them both? I do like them both but this reminds me of
salami or like a pepperoni stick so it is something I am familiar with. So I quite enjoy
the flavor. One more bite. So when you’re visiting South Africa, unless
of course you’re a vegetarian, be sure to try Biltong. I swear it is pretty much addicting.
I can’t seem to stop myself over here.