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Vetkoek filled with ground beef
Alternative namesFatcake
CourseStarter course
Place of originSouth Africa
Main ingredientsFlour, salt, sugar and yeast
VariationsPolony, chips, cheese (cheddar)
A vetkoek topped with a piece of polony

Vetkoek (/ˈfɛtkʊk/, Afrikaans: [ˈfɛtkuk]) is a traditional South African fried dough bread. The vetkoek forms a part of South African culture. It is similar to the Caribbean Johnny cake, the Dutch oliebol, and the Mexican sopaipillas.[1] It is also known by the Xhosa and Zulu name igwinya (plural amagwinya).[2][3]

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 are also often made alongside a curry mince, which is stuffed inside. 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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  1. ^ Henk Werk (January 20, 2014). "Oliebollen" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2014-07-13.
  2. ^ "Southern Africa Magwinya (Vetkoek / Fat Cake) Recipe". Taste Of Southern Africa.
  3. ^ Admin, C. K. (October 9, 2020). "Magwinya recipe: Sweeter than usual vetkoek recipe".

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