Exploring the booths at Food & Wine, I’ve looked forward to South Africa ever since last last year’s Bunny Chow. It was a delicious vegetarian stew, and I was excited for another vegetarian dish. I was happy to see a Spinach and Paneer Cheese Pocket make its way onto this year’s menu.
For $3.25, I was beyond surprised by the size of the dish. While not a thick pocket, this is a big dish for Food & Wine, especially considering the price.
There was a nice amount of filling in the crust without either overpowering the dish. The pastry has a flaky consistency, with the interior hosting a soft filling. The spinach’s flavor held up well, and the paneer added more of a textural element in its creaminess to the dish. There was also a bit of a curry sauce in the filling that wasn’t too spicy hot, but flavorful. It was noticeable, but it melded well with the spinach and paneer in that it wasn’t too strong to those who may be a bit shy to its elements.
As I said, there was a lot of filling in comparison to the pastry. It was very nicely balanced, and I didn’t feel there was too much of any ingredient.
Whether or not you’re vegetarian, or perhaps like spinach or curries or maybe a slightly cheesey element, you can’t go wrong with this. If you like Spanikopita, be sure to give the pocket a try. It’s a slightly different take on some classic elements, and might be a great way to introduce yourself to some new variations!
If you’ve tried South Africa’s Spinach and Paneer Cheese Pocket, let us know what you thought of it!
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