As part of their six-course tasting menu, Royal Chundu wanted guests to taste Zambia. They designed the menu to be inspired by the region, to echo the land. For the final course, however, the chefs has to get creative. Because Zambia does not have a traditional dessert to call its own, the team created one – Zambia’s first dessert.
Zambia’s First Dessert
In Zambia, if someone wants something sweet after a meal, they might eat leftover nshima, cold or hot. Nshima is the staple dish of the region. It is made from ground cornmeal, or maize, and resembles a porridge. To make it sweet, locals will often add sugar and sour milk to it.
For the final course in the tasting menu at Royal Chundu, the chefs used sour milk to replace the cheese for a smoother consistency, and complemented the dish with a Tennis biscuit. Tamarind (musika) jelly tops it. To serve, they add a scoop of tamarind and cayenne pepper sorbet, which acts as a digestif. The Sour Milk Cheesecake with Musika Jelly has become of the guests’ favorite dishes at Royal Chundu.
The lodge team invite you to make this dish at home – but it isn’t easy, they warn. Thanks to the chef team at Royal Chundu for sharing this taste of Zambia with us!
We’d love to hear how it turns out if you try your hand at making the dish at home. Tag us on Instagram at @kerdowney. For those of us who don’t know our way around the kitchen, we’ll just start planning a trip to Royal Chundu to try the country’s first dessert in bush.