Street Food: Langa Train Station, Cape Town

I had to pick up a colleague from the train station early this morning and saw peoplke flocking around street vendors buying items such as vetkoek (fatcakes), russians, and polony.  I took a few images of the food.  According to one of the vendors, they sell the food to the people that work in the industrial areas and they sell like hot cakes.  The demand is high.  Come to think of it, I used to buy these items when I started working.  I took a train from Cape Town to N’dabeni and there was a lady there selling vetkoek.  They are still warm at the time of sale.


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We decided to buy a few items.  Besides, the vendors do not dare let you take pictures if you are not buying.  The guys that work in the industrials areas love thise items especially the ones that use public transport.  The lady that makes the rostekoek mentioned that she prepares the dough at night before she goes to bed then wake up very early in the morning to bake them in the oven. The items are reasonably priced making them affordable to the target market; russians sell at R3, fried fish at R5 and vetkoek sell at R1.50 each.  These items sell out everyday and they are always fresh, which makes them more appealing to the people that buy them.

What is your favourite street food?  Which items are being sold in your hood?  Do you ever buy from the vendors?

Author Info


Thuli Gogela is a Food Technologist with 8 years of experience developing products in food manufacturing. She is dedicated to discovering wholesome traditional dishes and recipes with a distinctive taste from different parts of the African continent. Thuli is well known for her food blog, Mzansi Style Cuisine which was established in 2010. She saw a gap in the traditional food market that people were hungry for. From there, it didn’t take long to build her brand. In 2013, she started writing a recipe column for the Cape Times for and has collaborated with some of the biggest brands in South Africa namely, Knorr, Nedeburg Wines, First Choice and Spekko rice. Not only does Thuli feature traditional African dishes, she’s also open to developing recipes, food consultations and brand collaborations.

Comments ( 5 )

  • Thanks for sharing those pics, Thuli. There isn’t any street food out here on the farm, unless you count picking something from the veggie garden on the way past! But I do love samoosas when we go to the monthly market down the road.

    • You having it good Kit, not everyone gets to experience farm life! I also love samoosas!

  • Glad

    Hello Thuli
    I email you from Reunion Island,french island just 4 hrs flight from SA and i would love to let you know that i found your portrait very interesting of courage in the series “I am woman “..
    It s great that you put your energy in what you love and keep the blog attractive with your recipes and pics..
    if ever you have Veg recipe i would love to try them at my home 😉
    Bon courage à toi Thuli …

    • Hi Glad!

      Thank you so much for visiting the blog and for your kind comment! I had to google Reunion Island (My bad), I watched a video and it looks like a beautiful paradise I would like to visit some day! I’ll keep you in mind regarding the Veg recipes 🙂

      Andy, the fish from the vendors is usually seasoned in a very tasty way! I hope they still wrap it in newspaper lol 🙂

  • Andy

    I hardly buy from the street vendors these days but when i used to, i loved the fish. Yummy!

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