The Most Authentic Cape Malay Koeksisters You’ll Find Outside of CT

Hello hello! I’m writing from my sister’s place, our temporary home. We arrived back from the US this morning and while we were coming “home”, it didn’t quite feel like that. I guess that’s cos we don’t have our own home in JHB anymore. It feels like we’re just passing through, which we are, I guess.

Our 3.5 weeks in the US were amazing, but I’ll tell you all about it in time, once my Sunday Indy pieces are published. It was a combination of work and pleasure and we really made the most of it without doing too much touristy stuff.

Tomorrow, we leave to Istanbul via Paris, where we’ll join Celebrity Cruises on a 7 night cruise through Greece, Turkey and Italy. I know- it’s a crazy amount of jetsetting. I’m trying to take advantage of our current state of unemployment coupled with my travel writing opportunities Who knows when I’ll have the time and the means to do this again. So glad to have my hubby, my fav travel buddy alongside throughout, it just isn’t the same without him.

So that’s a quick update from me… today’s post is really about this absolute gem I discovered-Delhi Deli in Florida, Roodepoort. I keep my ear close to the ground whenever anyone raves about a particular foodie experience, and then I add it to my to do list, and I mission to get there. Credit for this find goes to my ex-colleague, Chris, who is from CT. He told me that he had these to-die-for koeksisters that were the perfect combination of spicy and sweet.

So, Rishav and I woke up early one Sunday morning, and drove to Florida. It took us about 30 minutes to get there. I remember thinking that I’m probably the only person in JHB that would drive an hour just for half a dozen koeksisters.

I pulled up to the bakery, which blended into the relatively run down street, and saw a steady stream of people walking to their cars, clutching brown paper bags. Upon entering the bakery, I was overwhelmed by the delicious smell of spices and syrup, but was taken aback by the fact that half the shop is a butchery, while the other half sells random items like hair dye and a few lonely looking cupcakes.

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I then spotted the rows and rows of brown bags lined up, with a lady filling these with hot, freshly syruped koeksisters sprinkled with coconut.


People were queuing with tupperwares, purchasing dozens at a time. After chatting to the owner, I learnt that this unassuming bakery in the middle of nowhere sells a THOUSAND dozen koeksisters on a Sunday. I know, a THOUSAND DOZEN. Insane.

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I know, this pic doesn’t look very appetizing. There’s not much disguising a koeksister- it’s fried dough. This is a not a healthy snack, but is definitely worth the occasional splurge.

The team starts prepping the dough on a Monday and sells on a Saturday afternoon from 3-5pm and on a Sunday morning until the fare is sold out (which can sometimes happen as early as 10:30am). I purchased a dozen at only R30, devoured about 3 in the store, and left with another 3 dozen to distribute to friends. The outside was crispy and sweet, while the inside was the perfect texture, with just the right amount of syrup having seeped through. Delhi Deli also specializes in catering (curries, breyanis etc) for events.

You guys- take my word for it. If you like this sort of thing, you NEED to try these. This Sunday- early. Get there.


Address: 131 Goldman Street, Florida, Roodepoort. Call: 011 672 3121