It is hard to describe pap as a delicacy. It is a traditional dish made from softly grounded maize, enjoyed by many South Africans on a daily basis. We tend to eat is so often, it is a "regular" on many dinner tables.

While sitting at the airport enjoying my home cooked leftovers while waiting for a flight; I befriended an international tourist, who soon became fascinated about "the white stuff" that I was eating. It was taken aback by the fact that she commented on the pap, as opposed to the meat or veggies. I offered her a bite. She politely declined saying she had tasted it at a Galitos restaurant and it was sort of an acquired taste.

On my way back home, I stopped to get some Galitos chicken and pap. The tourist I had spoken to had "expected more flavor" from the pap, especially since she realized that so many people were ordering it. It's understandable though considering that she had not tasted it before. 

As soon as I got home and settled down, I plated my meal from Galitos on a side-plate and ate it. I really enjoyed it. The chicken portions were not as generous as other chicken outlets, but the spicy flame grilled chicken and pap was absolutely delicious. I had a big serving of pap and it went well with the juicy chicken.

I must say that I agree with my tourist buddy in that pap is not the most flavored dish in the world, but it is still a hit. I personally love my pap and cook it often. The pap from Galitos had the texture and taste of a yummy home cooked dish and was complimented by the peri-peri chicken and extra sauce.

If you are after an affordable meal that tastes just as good seated at the actual restaurant or at home, Galitos is something worth considering. I must warn you in advance that it may not be your cup of tea if you are not a fan of spicy food (the chicken is a bit spicy).

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Phindiwe Nkosi with Galitos takeawaysPhindiwe Nkosi with Galitos takeaways

Takeaway Galitos chicken and pap eaten at home in a side plate. Photo by Phindiwe NkosiTakeaway Galitos chicken and pap eaten at home in a side plate. Photo by Phindiwe Nkosi


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