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The Rainbow Egg

The below article was issued for the South African Poultry Association (SAPA) by Protactic Strategic Communications

The egg must surely be one of the most versatile foods known to mankind, easily paired with every ingredient you can imagine and surely the only food that can be enjoyed at all three meals of the day.

One could almost compare the versatility of the egg to the wonderful cultural diversity of South Africa. A truly rainbow nation made up of so many different communities and each one of them with their own traditional egg recipes ranging from bobotie to egg topped bunny chows, Kerala curried egg with pap to boerewors rolls with chilli fried egg.

Egg recipes may differ but when it comes to the South African tradition of braaiing all the basic elements are the same, warm weather, friends, family and good food. So, this Heritage Day, be sure to fire up the coals and get the boerewors sizzling. If you’re not in the mood to make all those extra braai trimmings, take it easy and treat the family to an all-time favourite – the boerewors roll – but be sure to add a bit of luxury and top it off with a delicious chilli fried egg … mmm!

Enjoyed by all, a delicious necessity in many South African recipes and a healthy diet, a food-source for all ages, the egg has a place in everyone’s Heritage Day celebrations.

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Boerewors Rolls with Chilli Fried Egg  

Serves 4  

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes


  • 2 large brown onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons (60ml) olive oil
  • 4 pieces boerewors, approximately 150g each
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons (60 ml) chilli or olive oil to fry
  • Sweet chilli sauce to serve
  • 4 hot dog rolls, sliced


  1. Heat the 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large pan and add the sliced onions. Gently fry for 8-10 minutes until the onions are soft and golden. Remove the onions to a separate bowl and cover with foil to keep warm.
  2. In the same pan heat the chilli oil, or plain oil if you prefer, and fry the eggs until done to your liking.
  3. Boerewors is almost always braaied, but you can also pan fry. Cook the boerewors until it’s cooked through but still juicy.

To serve; place the boerewors into the fresh rolls and top with a fried egg and onions. Drizzle with sweet chilli sauce.

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