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Vetkoek /ˈvɛt.kʊk/ is a traditional South African fried dough bread common in Afrikaner cookery. It is either served filled with cooked mince or with syrup, honey, or jam. It is thought to have its origins from the Dutch oliebollen, which date from the time of the migration period. It is similar in taste to Mexican sopapillas.

Vetkoek
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Vetkoek filled with ground beef
Alternative names Amagwinya
Type Fried dough
Place of origin South Africa
Main ingredients Dough
Sweet filling: syrup, honey, or jam
Savoury filling: minced beef
Cookbook: Vetkoek  Media: Vetkoek
A vetkoek topped with meat

Vetkoek /ˈvɛt.kʊk/ is a traditional South African fried dough bread common in Afrikaner cookery. It is either served filled with cooked mince (ground beef) or with syrup, honey, or jam. It is thought to have its origins from the Dutch oliebollen, which date from the time of the migration period. It is similar in taste to Mexican sopapillas.

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 African braai, 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.

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