When I think of the South African foods I’ll miss in the States, this one is near the top of the list:
This is sphatlo. I have no idea what that means, but I’m gonna assume it means “delicious” in some language. Let’s take a closer look:
You take a quarter loaf of bread and hollow it out. Then you start with atchar, a spicy relish made of chopped un-ripe mango aged in a mix of pepper and oil. Ketchup and other sauces are also often added. The most vital ingredient is the french fries. Next comes a fried egg and a slice of paloney (bologna). Then, if you want to get fancy you add a hot dog (called a vienna), a big brat-like thing called a russian, or a hamburger patty. Or maybe all 3.
Sphatlo is surprisingly good and very addictive. The baloney and egg variety only costs about $1.25, and a full on russian and burger variety isn’t going to set you back more than about $2.50. A guy down the street opened up a little place a few months ago and I’ve been packing it on eating these guys.
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That’s paloney on whole-wheat bread covered in feta cheese and drizzled with barbeque sauce.