I’m pretty sure you won’t find a person in South Africa who doesn’t know what vetkoek is. It’s probably one of the most traditional South African food items you can come across. It’s a pastry-like item made from a yeast dough and deep fried in vegetable oil until golden on both sides. It’s generally served with curried ground beef or butter and syrup.
Vetkoek is somewhat similar to the Dutch oliebollen and a jam doughnut, without a hole in the middle. In the local townships vetkoek is also prepared and sold, but it’s known as magwinya and is very popular with spicy chicken liver filling.
Vetkoek is a popular item sold at church fetes, school fairs and just about any other festival, be it arts and crafts or even music festivals. It’s fairly inexpensive and an easy walk and eat type of food item.
I prepared a fragrant ground beef curry to serve with the vetkoek. That’s usually how it’s served, but there’ll be left-over vetkoek that will then be eaten with butter and syrup or jam. That’s just how it is!