Food Trend: An Edible Lunch Box, Bunny Chow Is Doing The Rounds

by Simona Terron

We’re always keen on trying healthy, tasty and interesting food, which is why we’re excited about the rise of a not-so-new item that’s doing the rounds of social media. Gourmands and gluttons in the US and UK are going nuts instagramming this delicious dish called bunny chow. Let’s find out why.

What Is It?
Originally from South Africa, bunny chow is a traditional one-stop meal that is made of curried mutton or beans stuffed into a hollowed-out loaf of bread. It started out as a portable and convenient option for immigrant Indian field workers, who found that the way to keep their curry from spilling all over, was to simply pop it into the very same loaf they would eat it with. And the bunny chow was born.

When Did It Get Popular?
This durable, delicious and totally edible lunch box found its way onto the menu of a food truck called Bunnychow in London circa 2013, when its co-founder Lyndsay Anderson heard it mentioned by her colleagues, who had tried it on their visits to South Africa. She thought it would be a hit with the spicy curry-loving Brits, and she was right. It was such a success, that she progressed from owning a food truck to opening a stand-alone restaurant in 2014, which led to them winning several culinary awards including the ‘most innovative breakfast’ award.

What’s In It?
So what can you expect to find in a slightly modern bunny chow? That depends, it could be either slow-cooked mutton curry, served with raita and mango chutney; spicy chicken and tomato, cauliflower, chickpeas, paneer and spicy South African sauce; or 8-hour pulled pork with Bunnychow’s Piri Piri sauce. All of these come with a choice of bread; you can select from whole meal, brioche, white and gluten-free. The award-winning recipe, though, was the breakfast special known as The Full English Bunny, packed with delicious sausage, bacon, mushrooms, beans, tomato, black pudding and a fried egg in a brioche bowl.

Where Can I Get One?
The craze might have begun in Soho, London, but it’s spreading like a curry stain on a tablecloth. You’re likely to get bunny chow at South African eateries like Madiba Restaurant, NY. Watch this space to know where you can find it in your neighborhood and better yet, how to make it at home.

Disclaimer: No bunnies are harmed in the making of any bunny chow!

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