Chinese food: Crispy dough balls aka South African vetkoek

Chinese food: Crispy dough balls aka South African vetkoek

Do you want to try something amazing? Then this Chinese version of vetkoeks is for you! 

Fried dough balls in boiling oil iStock
Fried dough balls in boiling oil/ iStock

Parts of South Africa are experiencing cold weather conditions. 

The South African Weather Service has warned that some parts of the country will also experience rain.  

"We are expecting severe thunderstorms over the western parts of the North West province, spreading over the Northern Cape, with disruptive snow still remaining around at the Drakensberg mountain. Cold conditions are expected to affect Gauteng, Free State, Mpumalanga and Limpopo," forecaster Lehlohonolo Thobela told Jacaranda FM. 

Currently, the KwaZulu Natal province has been hit by snow. 

Such weather demands warm comfort food. Vetkoeks are one of the favourite warm foods in South Africa. 

If you are looking for a way to put a twist on the traditional South African recipe, then this recipe from food blogger Wayne Shen is for you. 

He shared the recipe of the ' trending crispy fried dough balls recipe in China' aka South African vetkoek on Instagram. 

READ: SAWS warns of cold, wet weather this week


Plain wheat floor (400g)

Yeast powder (5g)

Four eggs

Sugar (50g)

Cooking oil (15g)


Break the eggs into a bowl

Add sugar

Add cooking oil

Add flour

Add yeast powder

Mix together with chopsticks

Knead the dough with a single hand

Cut into equal parts

Shape into small balls

Press flat

Spread edible oil

Cover with cling film

Let it sit for 30 minutes

Heat oil to 120 degrees Celsius

Deep fry on low heat until golden brown


READ: Delicious jam and cinnamon vetkoeks+

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