Vetkoek 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 sopapillas. 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 take away 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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