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Vetkoek with mince-001.jpg
Vetkoek filled with ground beef
CourseMain course
Place of originSouth Africa
Main ingredientsDough
Sweet filling: syrup, honey, or jam
Savoury filling: minced beef
A vetkoek topped with a piece of polony

Vetkoek (/ˈfɛtkʊk/, Afrikaans: [ˈfɛtkuk]) is a traditional Afrikaner fried dough bread. It is either served filled with cooked mince (ground beef) or with syrup, honey, or jam. 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 Afrikaner braai, or barbecue, vetkoek may be served alongside boerewors. Vetkoek is commonly sold at family-owned takeaway restaurants and Afrikaans festivals and cultural events.

Vetkoek is also called amagwinya and is a popular meal for many people living in townships where it is served plain and hot and is sold by a wide variety of spaza shops, hawkers at taxi ranks, roadside vendors, and fast food shops located throughout South Africa.

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  1. ^ Henk Werk (January 20, 2014). "Oliebollen" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2014-07-13.

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