The first food that was a different experience was pap, pronounced like pop, like in soda pop. We first had it in this form at a church function in Welkom. I actually liked it a lot. The homemake salsa they served us was really good.
Wikipedia pap is:
Pap, also known as mieliepap in South Africa, is a traditional porridge / polenta made from mielie-meal and a staple food of the Bantu inhabitants of Southern Africa
According to Rainbow cooking:
Pap comes up in conversations a lot. Some missionaries like it and
some do not. One of the most frequently asks questions is, "Have
you have had pap yet." Missionaries seem to have real and very mixed emotions when it comes to pap.