South African Vetkoek Recipe (Fat Cake)


Vetkoek (/ˈfɛtkʊk/, Afrikaans: [ˈfɛtkuk]) is a traditional South African fried dough bread. The vetkoek forms part of South African culture. It is similar to the Caribbean Johnny cake, the Dutch oliebol, and the Mexican sopaipillas.  Another similar South African recipe is Amagwinya, the Xhosa name for this fried dough ball. But this version can either be sweet or savoury, unlike vetkoek.

The word vetkoek literally means “fat cake” in Afrikaans. It is similar in shape to a doughnut without a hole and is made with a yeast dough. Vetkoeks Vetkoek are also often made alongside a curry mince, which is stuffed inside. Also known as a curry bunnie when stuffed with mince in the Cape provinces. This is possibly its most popular accompaniment. Vetkoek is commonly sold at family-owned takeaway restaurants and African festivals and cultural events.

Vetkoek is a popular meal for many people living in South Africa where it is served plain or with a filling and is hot and is sold by a wide variety of small trading businesses, hawkers at taxi ranks, roadside vendors, and fast-food shops located throughout South Africa, Namibia and Botswana.

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