They say you can tell how gentrified your neighbourhood is by the number of joggers running around at all hours.
And you can tell how gentrified your food is when its been appropriated by the masses with their own take on it (PSA, leave hummus alone).
Samosas are the latest food to be adopted by a crowd that, err, dont know much about samosas.
Thats because the ubiquitous Asian snack was seen at a market in some rather interesting flavours that are usually not put into the fried goods.
Twitter user Kimberly Naidoo from South Africa spotted it and felt it was the gentrification of samoosas as it came in bacon and cheese flavours as well as a questionable Punjabi filling.
In true gentrification fashion, the prices were also higher than samosas should be, said Kimberly.
An image of the stall has circulated online and many, for whom the food is part of their culture, felt it was too far changed from the original.
The addition of bacon particularly irked some as many of South Asian descent are Muslim and dont eat pork.
My strongest political opinion is that bacon should never be in a samoosa and I WONT be swayed. https://t.co/bxqRHU4Nfk
— the ebony falcon (@Lindyyay) August 18, 2019
The staple was spotted at The Oranjezicht Farmers Market in Cape Town where it was being sold three for 25rand (£1.34).
Traditionally, samosas are filled with potato or minced meat and mixed with chillies. So the market version, with roasted butternut and cheese and leek didnt go down well for some.
Kimberly found the whole thing hilarious. She told Metro.co.uk: The sellers were definitely white. Those are the most ridiculous samosa fillings Ive ever seen. The worst part is they were super busy.
Bacon and Cheese Samosas?
Inna lillah wa ina elayhi raji'oon https://t.co/KH7gPdAVi5
— MM (@MohamedWrites) August 19, 2019
Mostly tourists were buying though because the locals know better.
As funny as it is though, I do think its gentrification and I think that spot in the market deserves to belong to a person of Asian descent making real samosas.
Also 25 rand for three samosas is very expensive even in a South African context.
Others felt the same, with one saying: R25 for three potato samoosas, lmao my grandmother would straight up smack me.
One person asked: What in the seven alternate universes is “Punjabi” flavour?
Others replied in the only way millennials know how to express disgust and outrage; via gifs.
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