Definition of bunny chow in English:

bunny chow


  • (in South Africa) a takeaway food consisting of a hollowed-out half loaf of bread filled with vegetable or meat curry.

    • ‘Then of course there is the bunny chow, served either with vegetables or with chicken.’
    • ‘It was created mainly by Gujarati (referred to as Bania) entrepreneurs as a ` convenience food’ for poor urban workers who took their bunny chows to their different places of work.’
    • ‘I feel the air go in and the cramps start: it's like those chicken curry bunny chows I used to have for supper while cramming studying in Durban.’
    • ‘We spent the past weekend down in KwaZulu Natal, home of millions of restless Zulu warriors, bunny chows, and humidity.’
    • ‘Boerewors rolls and bunny chows, hollowed-out loaves of bread filled to the brim with curry, are popular street snacks.’
    • ‘In my family no Durban holiday was complete without sitting on the beach eating a bunny chow, inhaling quickly over curled tongues to cool our mouths.’
    • ‘The week-long experience in Durban, which included a walking tour through the CBD that covered the cultural gamut from traditional African markets to mosques, Catholic Churches and bunny chows at the famous Patel's eatery, got me thinking once again of the notion of cultural ‘grafting’.’
    • ‘Izza, your evening of bunny chows with chutney sounds divine.’
    • ‘A favorite of the KwaZulu-Natal region, bunny chow is available only at Fort Greene's MADIBA, which is also the city's only South African restaurant.’
    • ‘Then it was off to Durban, eating bunny chows, visiting a sangoma, rickshaw rides and surfing at the Gateway theatre of shopping, the biggest shopping mall which not only offers surfing and rock climbing but a genuine 4x4 trail as well.’
    • ‘According to her, legend tells of bunny chows being born in Durban - a city with a large population of Indians in the early 1900s.’
    • ‘What a place, the beach, the bunny chows, the heat.’
    • ‘Café MezzaLuna has excellent Italian cuisine and the tiny Chilli (taste Afro-nirvana, says its menu) serves bunny chows, breyani and curries.’
    • ‘There is a wide selection of foods available, from samosa, pies, cutlets, kebabs, curries, pickles, chutneys, rice dishes, bunny chows and lots more.’


Probably from Hindi banyā, from Gujarati vaniya, denoting one of a Hindu caste of merchants, + chow in the sense ‘food’.