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Thailand Restaurant celebrates Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela Restaurant

In loving memory of Nelson Mandela, a new restaurant has been opened in Bangkok in Thailand.

The restaurant called Madibaz specialises in South African fast food including burgers and bunny chow, potjiekos, and snacks such as biltong, all of which use meats from South African butcher Siam BBQ Company.

Speaking to SA People, co-owner of the restaurant Charles Greeff said with a growing South African community in Thailand, they decided to make it feel a little more like home.

“With great excitement, we started the first South African restaurant in Bangkok called Shebeen Bangkok and kicked it off with a bang. With this unexpected pandemic, we suffered a big blow. Refusing to give up, we went back to the drawing board to figure out how we would persevere through these dark days. With only hope left, I remember what a great leader once said. With those words etched in our minds and with the inspiration of a true South African, ‘Madibaz’ was founded. We are serving all the traditional South African meals and some new exciting dishes. The restaurant is a tribute to our beloved president, Nelson Mandela,” said Greeff.

Mandela Day may have passed, but you can still honour him by making a dish which was one of his favourites: Umleqwa (boiled chicken).

Here’s how to make this easy meal:

Serves: 4


1½kg chicken (farm is best but otherwise free-range), cut into pieces

1 onion, chopped

1 tbs flour

3 cups (750ml) chicken stock

chopped fresh parsley to serve


Season the chicken with salt and pepper.

Boil the chicken in 1 cup water for 10 minutes with the lid off; the water will evaporate.

Allow the chicken to fry in its fat for a further 5 minutes.

Add the onion and the flour, and cook for another few minutes.

Stir in the stock, bring to the boil and cover.

Cover for 20-25 minutes until the chicken has cooked through.

Scatter with parsley, and serve with the sauce on the side.

Recipe by chef Xoliswa Ndoyiya.