World Koesister Day

The koesister is a sweet and spicy delicacy that is a taste of home for many Cape Town locals and there’s a special day dedicated to it.

What’s the difference between a koesister and a koeksister?

Both these South African treats are deep fried and dipped in a sugar syrup, however that’s where the similarities end.

A koeksister is plaited, deep-fried and immediately dipped into a cold sugar syrup, resulting in a crispy exterior.

The Cape Malay koesister is flavoured with cinnamon, cardamom, mixed spice and aniseed. Every koesister-maker has their own combination of spices so no two people’s koesisters are alike. After deep-frying they’re cooled down, dipped in a hot sugar syrup, and then rolled in coconut.

Koesisters and coffee can be found on many breakfast tables on Sunday mornings in Cape Town. This is a breakfast tradition many Capetonians have taken with them to other cities in South Africa and other parts of the globe.

In many neighbourhoods around Cape Town you’ll find at least one home where people line up to get their Sunday morning sweet and spicy fix.

So what’s World Koesister Day about?

To celebrate this iconic treat, the Radisson RED at the V&A Waterfront’s Silo District hosted the inaugural World Koesister Day on Sunday 1 September 2019. World Koesister Day will be marked on the first Sunday of September.

In 2019, The Radisson RED invited Capetonians to enter their Cape Malay koesisters for a chance to win an amazing prize. The winner of the best tasting koesister was Aunty Asa Moos from Grassy Park.

In 2020, World Koesister Day will be celebrated in Sunday 6 September.


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