Strolling through the warehouses of Eagle Farm on a mission to uncover Brisbane’s best biltong, I stumbled upon a little slice of South Africa. Mufasa Foods appears almost mysteriously at the end of a side street, but step inside its humble storefront to discover a world of delicious delights.
As a home-sick Saffa expat, I’ve long pined for the unique texture and spice blend of genuine biltong — South Africa’s signature air-dried meat. Mufasa’s superb small-batch recipe transported me straight back to childhood braais as I closed my eyes, savouring my first precious bite. No need for memories or imports anymore thanks to Mufasa crafting it right here in Brisbane!
Read on for my impressions on the perfect marriage of meat and spice that makes their traditional biltong an addictive experience for fellow expats. Plus why all Aussies should skip the jerky aisle and sink their teeth into this South African speciality instead for a truly wild snack time.
Why Mufasa’s Traditional Biltong Tastes Superior
As I eagerly tore into a sampler platter showcasing Mufasa’sspectrum of biltong alongside droëwors and boerewors sausage, one item immediately stood out: the traditional beef biltong.
Hand cut into satisfying chewy strips, the deep garnet slices reveal a gamey whiff of beefiness amped up by sweet vinegar during the curing before toast nuts and spices kick in. Hints of black peppercorn and coriander dance across the palate with each addictive bite.
This perfect storm creates a completely different snacking experience than anything else. The signature tang enveloping these meaty morsels had me instantly craving more – and for good reason!
What Makes Mufasa’s Biltong So Unique
1. It’s air-dried, not smoked or cooked
Unlike machine-processed jerky blitzed by heat or smoke, biltong relies solely upon air flow and precise humidity control to slowly dehydrate thin-cut raw beef over 7 days. This retains its distinctive mineral-rich meatiness for a less homogenized, mass market snack.
2. The vinegar cure and spices take time to develop
Mufasa nail the equilibrium between acidic vinegar and aromatic spices like coriander seeds. Their secret recipe permeates deep into the meat through days of curing, drying and resting uncovered – an art perfected over three generations!
3. Texture for days
The methodical desiccating process concentrates flavors while allowing meat fibres to gradually tighten. This creates an intense chewy, sinewy texture satisfying primal gnawing instincts missing from quicker-made beef snacks. Your jaw will love the workout chomping biltong!
ditional biltong air-drying techniques for superior snacks
Why Locals Can’t Get Enough
Beyond just homesick expats like myself reminiscing childhood braai memories thanks to Mufasa’s properly prepped biltong, their growing band of local fans says it all.
Aussies who have discovered just how satisfying chewing proper biltong can be are now just as hooked as Saffas – queueing up for regular supplies as top tier special occasion gifts or getting a precious stash to squirrel away all for themselves!
Once you sink your teeth into air-dried perfection and experience how uniquely scrumptious biltong can be, there’s just no going back to bland cardboard-textured jerky. Mufasa makes lionhearted leaps towards bringing South African food culture into the mainstream snack scene – starting right here in Brisbane.
Roaring for More: Mufasa Must Haves
Beyond their properly prepared and beautifully balanced traditional biltong, Mufasa craft even more drool-worthy dried meats like:
- Chilli Bites – Fiery flakes of beef biltong laced liberally through with a creeping chilli burn. Not for novice snackers!
- Droëwors – The garlic intensity in these dense, chewy farmers sausage links makes them highly addictive.
- Boerewors – Classic South African boerie gets a gourmet twist with cherry smoke in Mufasa’s plump, juicy coils.
- Biltong Pâté – A sweet and spicy spread blending biltong’s muscular magic into a smooth, spreadable dip for days.
From camping trips to sports matches and barbies with mates, Mufasa offers exciting new ways to feed our primal biltong cravings in everyday Aussie life. Their authentic range puts jazzed up restaurant interpretations to shame by celebrating traditional Old World flavors – just how us Saffas love it!