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Thai and a taste of history

I go to Zulu lessons every Tuesday after school. The class starts at 3.45pm and I get out of school at 2pm so before class my mum takes me to the Thai restaurant near my school.  It is called Hong Far. It is a very cool place because you can go into a big marquee tent or you can sit outside in the garden underneath shady trees and fairy lights. I like it because the food is delicious.  

Entrance to paradise.

Last week I had prawn and vegetable springrolls and chicken satay and Phad Kra Praw which was stir fried rice with basil and pork. My mum had papaya salad with fish sauce, peanuts and lime.

Springrolly, rolly, rolly.

The restaurant is inside an old building and there is an old metal sign at the front gate.

Read the sign.

For a long time, I didn’t notice the sign when I visited the restaurant but the other day I saw it and read what it said. The sign says:

Andries Wilhelmus Jacobus Pretorius Commandant-General of the South African Republic and hero of the Battle of Blood River died on this farm on the 23rd of July 1853 and was buried here. On the 13th of May 1891 the government of the South African Republic re-interred his remains in the old cemetery of Pretoria.

So I looked up what happened at the Battle of Blood River. I used SA History Online which said:

On 16 December 1838 the Battle of Blood River took place near the Ncome River in KwaZulu Natal. The Battle of Blood River was between the Voortrekkers under the leadership of Andries Pretorius and the Zulu’s under the leadership of Dingane the Zulu King. About 10 000-20 000 Zulu warriors led by Dingane’s generals Dambuza (Nzobo) and Ndlela kaSompisi attacked the Voortrekkers, but the 470 Voortrekkers, with the advantage of gun powder, warded them off. The battle began at dawn and was over by midday. More than 3000 Zulu casualties were counted around the laager. Only, 3 Voortrekkers (including Voortrekker leader Pretorius) were wounded, none were killed. The Ncome River became red with the blood of the slain. Hence the river became known as “Blood River”.

So now I know who the man on the sign at the Thai restaurant is.

I wonder what he would think of the fact that every week I eat Thai food at his house before my Zulu class?

I’d recommend it to anyone who likes  a taste of Thai flavored history.

Hong Far 34 Lakeview Dr, Hartbeespoort


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  1. Hahaha, Jos!! I’m also curious what would he think. Thanks for a lovely story and a bit of history lesson.

    That springroll looks delicious.

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