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Vetkoek with mince-001.jpg
Vetkoek filled with ground beef
Alternative namesVetkoek In Afrikaans
CourseMain course
Place of originSouth Africa
Main ingredientsDough
Savoury filling: minced beef
VariationsPolony, Chips, Cheese (cheddar) and Achaar
A vetkoek topped with a piece of polony

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.[1]

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. In a traditional South African braai, or barbecue, vetkoek may be served alongside boerewors. 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 Businessess, 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.

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