THE BUNNYCHOW JOURNEY...SO FAR
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1860

The SS Truro starts shipping over Indians to Durban to work on their sugar plantations as a cheaper
form of labour.

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1860s-1930s

The Indian workers are housed in the Natal Colony area and live on the sugar plantations. They work every day in return for basic shelter and porridge (every meal).

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WHAT THE TRUCK?

Yip that’s right, bunnychow started life on four wheels as a street truck parking up at the coolest events and street corners in and around London. But we got so popular, we had to open our first pop-up shop in Boxpark, Shoreditch, London and put down some roots in the trendier part of town.

If you are not out East, then the original bunnychow truck will be roaming around wherever the hungriest people are in London (or where we can get parked without getting a ticket! Click here to see where the truck is this week.

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THE FOOD

1900s

During the early 1900s the workers start to own houses and move from the sugar plantations into central Durban. Lunch is mainly roti breads and beans. Tasty but messy.

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Early 1940s

The Indian community in Durban is now established shop and restaurant owners. They invent the Bunny Chow (filled with beans and lentils) to give people a great tasting meal that can be eaten on the move and without plates or cutlery.

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ORIGiN

ORIGINAL STREET FOOD

DURBAN CITY, 1940'S

It was the best of times and it was the best of times for Indian workers who were on the up in the 1940s for 3 reasons. 1) They started to become home owners 2) They became business men and started to open shops and restaurants, but best of all 3) The Bunny Chow was invented so that Indian workers could enjoy something more exciting than porridge or roti breads and beans. It wasn't before long that it became a local favourite for all.

Legend 1

The Origin of bunnychow

Bunny Chow was created in Durban South African to help keep worker’s lunch intact as there were no cutlery, plates or packed lunch boxes  out in the fields at the sugar plantations of Natal.

Legend 2

Beef bunny

Bunny Chow is a little loaf, hollowed out and filled with juicy curry, traditionally served in a quarter, half or even full loaf.

Legend 3

Origin Plantation

Bunnychows were often eaten by sugar plantation workers under a nearby Banyan Tree. The trees were a safe haven for them to dream big while enjoying a well earned break.

1950s

1950s South Africans start to try ‘The Durban Curry’ and it becomes a national sensation enjoyed by all. Meat is added to the recipe and becomes even more popular.

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After a trip to Durban, some clever Brits wonder why they had never seen it in the UK.

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June 2013

Bunnychow lands in Brixton, London and is served from the bunnychow truck

To be continued...

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