Last week I was on a mission to find the best looking koeksisters in Cape Town for a TV shoot. It didn’t matter what they tasted like, but they needed to be home made looking, fat, juicy and have a beautiful golden brown colour.
After extensive scouring of all shops within my immidiate reach, I came up with very uniform, slightly too small and dark offerings.
This was simply not going to cut it for the very important close up shot that was planned for the day.
I contemplated making my own, but the time pressure I was under to produce an extraordinary amount of food prevented this. So I turned to the ever helpful Twitter to ask my fellow food friends where the best place was, and all answers came back to one place. The guy who sells them on the side of the road outside N1 City just off the N1. I read Sam Woulidge’s post on them and was convinced these were the ones I needed.
So off I trekked towards the boerewors curtain in search of Mr Arpin.
Not much has changed since Sam wrote about these delectable and very traditional South African treats, and Mr Arpin is still selling them 6 days a week in the parking lot behind the McDonalds at N1 City Mall.
The Koeksisters are crunchy on the outside and soft and melting on the inside, drenched in sugar syrup they are pretty damn perfect.
It is worthwhile giving a call before you go, as 20 years in the koeksister business, Mr Arpin has developed a very solid and regular customer base, and you want to make sure he has not sold out before you get there.
Arno Arpin – Arpin Koeksisters: 083 737 0538