Also African in South Africa Food is not the default. And especially in Cape Town, the food can be pretty Eurocentric. Centuries of colonialism wiped out native foods and entrenched the idea that European food is somehow superior. These effects can still be seen today, but a microbiologist who became an ice cream maker, Tapiwa Guzha, wants that to change. With every handcrafted scoop served at the Tapi Tapi in Cape Town, he tells the story of his own food story as well as stories from across the African continent.
Its freezers contain flavors like rondo ice cream, made from a nutritious edible clay consumed by pregnant women across Africa, as well as botanical flavors like black jack, bitter leaf, and baobab. Sometimes Guzha whips an ice cream version of Kelewele, a caramelized Ghanaian plantain snack with ginger and fire-fried peanuts. Guzha’s recipes range from calming to challenging. One of his more daring ice cream flavors was kapenta, a dried fish that he paired with toffee.
Tapi Tapi is located in the heart of the Observatory, an eclectic and diverse neighborhood in Cape Town. Guzha has painted his open air living room with his own artwork and words. As a one-man business, its operations are truly remarkable, open six days a week and closed for ice cream on the seventh. But Guzha’s passion for his creations and his mission keep him going.
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Tapi Tapi is also home to “Iwe neni”, Guzha’s food accessibility project, in which he prepares nutritious meals for hungry locals. You can donate money or products to Guzha’s feeding program, or you can pay it up by donating ice cream to someone else. This enables Guzha to offer ice cream for free to anyone who wants to try it but has financial restrictions. He also offers a barter system. If you have an ingredient that you think will make great taste, you can trade it in for ice cream. The shop is closed to the public on Mondays.
But you can learn how to make ice cream for free by coming to Guzha on Monday morning. He’ll teach you the ropes and you can take a dessert home with you.