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  • n. A deep-fried ball of dough, usually unsweetened, cut open and filled with various fillings.


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Dutch vet ("fat") + koek ("cake").


  • At night, they make camp with the native Xhosa people; huddled by the fire after a typical dinner of meat stew, pumpkin leaves, wild spinach and a dumpling called vetkoek, they listen to tribal folk tales.

    Getting Off The Beaten Track

  • The local bakery had been unable to provide enough bread and church groups had stepped in with "vetkoek" as a substitute.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Young blacks spoke of fried chicken, vetkoek, quarters (quarter bread loaf with filling) and pap and meat.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • She admitted "helping" foreigners to obtain passports and visas but said she earned her living from selling vetkoek.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • When he asked us why we were in the police van we replied that we had been walking back from the shops with vetkoek and chips which we had bought when the police van had stopped next to us and we had been told to climb into the van otherwise we would be shot.

    Children of Resistence

  • We proceeded to the Supermarket where we bought vetkoek (doughnuts) and chips for Alec.

    Children of Resistence

  • Steer clear of deep-fried sweet treats, like doughnuts, vetkoek and koeksisters, and rather grill your calamari than fry it, adding flavour with a spicy Cajun sauce.


  • Fried fish and dough balls that are similar to the South African vetkoek are sold in abundance.

    Mail & Guardian Online

  • Donno about hungover, but for pure greasiness it has to be a vetkoek from Vettie se Vetkoek in Germiston.

    Army Rumour Service

  • It’s set in South Africa, and describes a world where traditional food includes vetkoek or makwinya – depending on the language being spoken, where women of twenty-four are too young to marry, where family ties are very strong and where the worst problems are caused by misunderstandings.

    Archive 2010-06-01


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  • 'Fat cake', a South African fried doughnut that can be either sweet or savoury.

    June 15, 2010