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Former South Africa rugby captain John Smit says he found the 'best slap chips' in Dubai

Smit popped into South African supermarket Hyperama during a recent visit to Dubai

"The best slap chips I've had in years", says former South African rugby captain John Smit. John Smit / Instagram
"The best slap chips I've had in years", says former South African rugby captain John Smit. John Smit / Instagram

One of the best things about living in Dubai is that the city is a cultural melting pot. Whether you’re looking to meet people, learn something new or try a global cuisine, you can easily do so within reach of your doorstep.

It also means that if you’re missing the motherland, a taste of home is never far away. And for the many South Africans who call Dubai home, former Springboks captain John Smit says he has found the “best slap chips he has had in years” in the emirate.

For those who don’t know, slap chips are a South African comfort food. They are usually soft and fried in oil, before being seasoned with a generous helping of salt and vinegar, much akin to British fish and chip shop chips.

Springboks rugby star John Smit inside Hyperama, a South African supermarket in Dubai. Instagram / John Smit
Springboks rugby star John Smit inside Hyperama, a South African supermarket in Dubai. Instagram / John Smit

Smit found the snack at South African supermarket Hyperama, which opened earlier this year in Al Quoz.

Sharing his find with his 229,000 Twitter followers, he said: “If you’re ever feeling homesick in Dubai, this is the place to go, @hyperamadubai I got probably the best slap chips I’ve had in years there!!! #allthingssouthafrican”.

There is already excitement for Hyperama to open in Abu Dhabi. Facebook
There is already excitement for Hyperama to open in Abu Dhabi. Facebook

Hyperama opened in Dubai earlier this year, and has become extremely popular with the emirate’s South African population thanks to its vast selection of South African snacks and treats.

And for South Africans living in the capital, there’s good news. Hyperama Abu Dhabi is set to open in Khalifa City in December, and there’s already much excitement about the idea of its now-famous snap chips.

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Updated: November 19, 2019 04:52 PM

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