What is your most delicious Afrikaans food word? June 28, 2018 Afrikaans is a funny old language with many of its expressions taking on a very literal meaning. “Lekker… braai… bakkie… nou-nou… sommer” is just some of the words only South Africans know and it’s not easy explaining the meaning to a foreigner! When it comes to South African food, Afrikaans has the best descriptive words to make your mouth water! Afrikaans food words and their meaning Appelliefie Actual meaning: Gooseberry Direct translation: apple’s little love. Frikkadelletjies Little meatballs. Springmielies Actual meaning: popcorn Direct translation: Jumping corn Fluweelpoeding A baked pudding made with apricot jam and beaten egg whites to give a specific silky texture. Direct translation: velvet pudding Hoender Actual meaning: Chicken When you say someone lives in a hoenderhemel (chicken heaven), you mean they’re out of touch with reality. Om die hoenders in te wees (to be the chicken-in) means to be very angry. ’n Gebraaide hoender vlieg niemand in die mond nie (a roasted chicken doesn’t just fly into your mouth) means you have to put in the work for good results. Koeksister Traditional dough braids that are deep fried and soaked in syrup. Direct translation: Cake sister Knarskoekies Oats-and-puffed-rice cookies. Direct translation: crunch cookies Kolwyntjies Actual meaning: Cupcakes If you had to break down the Afrikaans word, you’d come up with something like ‘dotty little wines’. Melktert A traditional South African recipe of cinnamon-topped custard tart in a sweet pastry crust. Direct translation: milk tart Naartjie A sweet and easy-to-peel citrus fruit indigenous to South Africa. Ouma-onder-die-kombers Actual meaning: Cabbage-wrapped meatballs Direct translation: granny under the blanket Padkos Food that you eat while on a journey, usually homemade and containing boiled eggs for comedic effect. Direct translation: road food Pens-en-pootjie kerrie A traditional tripe-and-trotter curry. Peperwortel Actual meaning: Horseradish Direct translation: pepper root Poeding Actual meaning: Pudding This pudding could also be used to refer to the traditional ‘malva poeding’. Poffertjies Actual meaning: Fritters or profiteroles Direct translation: little puffs Potjie Traditional stew slow-cooked in a cast-iron three-legged pot over the coals of a fire. Direct translation: little pot. Skrikkeljaarpoeding A baked dessert made with milk and apricot jam. Direct translation: leap-year pudding Slaphakskeentjies Pickled onions in a tangy vinegar-mustard sauce. Direct translation: small floppy heels. (Yes, those on your feet!) Slaptjips Actual meaning: Potato fries/chips Direct translation: floppy chips Southappies Actual meaning: Savoury snacks Direct translation: salty bites Soetkoek Actual meaning: Sweet cake Om iets vir soetkoek op te eet (to eat something up like sweet cake) means you are gullible. Spookasem Actual meaning: Candy floss Direct translation: ghost’s breath Tameletjie Actual meaning: Sticky toffee Figuratively, tameletjie also refers to a tricky situation. Tjop en dop Actual meaning: Lamb chop and alcoholic drink. Used when inviting someone for a braai. Toebroodjie Actual meaning: Sandwich Direct translation: closed little bread A favourite is the braai broodjie! Vetkoek A traditional fried batter ball that can be rolled in cinnamon-sugar or filled with tangy mince. Direct translation: fat cake Wegkruipertjie Rolls of puff pastry with dates and almonds inside. Direct translation: hide and seek Ystervarkie Actual meaning: Lamingtons (sponge cake dipped in chocolate sauce and rolled in coconut). Direct translation: little porcupine Woefkardoes or brakkie sakkie Actual meaning: Doggy bag Direct translation: bark box Send us a message Leave your details below including a short message and a financial consultant will contact you. 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