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Loyiso's take on snapstick biltong

By unknown | Aug 07, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Loyiso Bala is one of South Africa's best known R'nB artistes and distinguished in his field of music.

Loyiso Bala is one of South Africa's best known R'nB artistes and distinguished in his field of music.

As a South African icon, we asked him to taste a popular South African treat - biltong.

Loyiso arrived at our rendezvous looking dapper in a red leather jacket and sunglasses.

He had recently returned from Norway and Germany where he performed at an event called "Goal for Africa" organised by Dutch soccer star Clarence Seedorf.

There's nothing that goes well with a good game of rugby than some snapstick biltong and after the bratwurst, bloedwurst and frankfurters eaten in Germany, Loyiso was happy to sample some home stuff from a variety of stores.

First, the singer picked up the 80g packet of Woolworths snapsticks that cost R39,95.

"Hhhmmm, pricey," he quipped as he put a medium-sized piece in his mouth and commenced chewing.

"This is delicious. Lightly salted, not too spicy and with a taste that envelopes the mouth.

"Just the right snack to get you ready for an ice cold beer, although I think that whiskey is a good drink to have with biltong."

He munches on a piece while taking another piece out of the packet.

"It's also just dry enough to retain its flavour while being easy to snap."

Loyiso thinks biltong is a great snack for either winter or summer, although it's traditionally associated with summer braais and sporting events.

"I always have packets of the stuff in the car. It acts as a meal replacement when I know that I'm going to miss one. I could finish the whole packet without thinking twice."

He snaps another piece to put in his mouth.

"It's got enough moisture and is not too flakey."

He also finds the packaging appealing.

"It's a large, air-filled packet that gives the snapsticks room to remain fresh. This is definitely a snack that I could eat all day," he says.

The next packet that draws Loyiso's eye is the d.licious brand of beef snapsticks from Clicks.

"These are more spicy and not expensive.

"They're also easy to snap, which makes it easier if you are driving because you can munch while you drive without having a big piece of meat hanging out of your mouth," he says.

He thinks that the Clicks sticks are a little dryer and flakier than the Woolworths brand, but admits that the packaging is very similar to Woolworths' and equally appealing.

"The texture of this biltong is quite hard," he says.

"I couldn't eat a whole packet of these because my jaw would get tired. I can't have an aching jaw in my business," Loyiso says.

He found the flavour of these snapsticks a bit bland, yet out of the two he says they are probably better value for money.

Pick 'n Pay also produces their own brand of snapsticks called Halftime.

Loyiso also tried these.

"I need a drink of water. These are very, very salty. I think that this brand has overdone it on the salting at the expense of other spices," he muses.

"Also, these snapsticks taste a little stale. If they were more fresh they'd be nicer.

"The packet is a great purple colour and I like the name of their product as it gives it a sporting theme," he says.

"It's not very appetising and tastes more like dry wors than snapsticks biltong."

The last to be tasted are the Spar snapsticks.

These are not pre-packaged but are wrapped up in plastic on a polystyrene tray and look like they came directly from the butchery.

This gives the impression of freshness and quality.

What does Loyiso have to say?

"I would say these have been made from freshly slaughtered beef and dried out for a few days."

He finds these snapsticks spicier than the others and the best by far.

"This is how real biltong should be. It still retains that taste of fresh meat. It's not too dried out but still snaps easily."


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