The word "vetkoek" literally means "fat cake". It is similar in shape to a doughnut without a hole, and is made from flour, salt and yeast. Dough is rolled into a ball then deep fried. In a traditional South Africanbraai, or barbecue, vetkoek may be served alongside boerewors. Koeksisters are made from a similar, but sweeter, dough but are braided in long strips then coated in a sticky sweet syrup. Vetkoek is commonly sold at family owned take away restaurants and Afrikaans festivals and cultural events.