Bunny Chow was created in Durban in the 1940’s and the name Bania (or Bhanya), derived from the Hindu community, and chow which is general slang for food. This dish was developed in the apartheid era, and it was first served in a restaurant run by Indians. They developed this dish as a clever means of selling takeaways to excluded people from their shop in Grey Street, Durban. It then later transpired that the hollow bread bowls were an ideal way for the migrant Indian population, brought in to work the sugar canes of Kwa-Zulu Natal, to transport their lunch to the fields.
Bunny Chow is a simple meal consisting of a hollowed piece of bread, either a quarter, half or full loaf, filled with a curry of your choice. The original dish was made with bean curry, but today you can also get mutton, chicken, beef or fish. The virgin, or the piece of bread that is removed to make room for the curry, should be placed on top of the curry before it is wrapped. Some treat it as an appetizer before the “main” bunny. The local slang dictates that you ask for the bunny chow based on the size and curry you want it to contain – give me a quarter mutton – is often shouted out in Durban!
Please bear in mind that it is very bad manners to take a persons virgin.