Bovine Head Market

Whilst watching women carefully cleaving the meat from the bone, you get to sample a cooked portion of this prepared authentic Zulu delicacy of bovine (cow) head meat, along with traditional dumpling (steamed bread) tastefully served on wooden boards…an experience to remember!

Bovine Head Market

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Originally Bovine Head traders were located along the side walk of the street but defrosting the Bovine Head Meat in the sun along the pavement became a logistical and health concern. Furthermore the smell of the meat was disturbing the traders in the adjacent Early Morning Market. Hence they were moved to their current location.

Bovine head meat is a Zulu delicacy. Originally the preparation of cow head was done only by men, however now-days women are able to prepare the meat and are the predominant traders within this particular market. Traditionally only men are allowed to sit at the tables and have their meal, women have it as a ‘take-away’.  The cow head is collected by trolley operators from local butcheries, and the women then skin the head and boil the meat in the large pots. Only the facial meat is utilized. The boiled meat is then presented on wooden chopping boards to customers, with condiments. Traditional bread is also made at the market, the traditional bread is called dumpling and is eaten with the bovine meat.
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