Bokkoms (or Bokkems) is whole, salted and dried mullet (harders in Afrikaans).

The word bokkoms come from dutch and relate to the Afrikaans word “Bok” or buck. It’s because the dried fish looked like the horns of a buck, and also smelled like a buck (a boerbok has a unique smell). The first recorded use of the word bokkom was in 1902.

Today this delicacy is still enjoyed by many people in the Western Cape and has even made it to the world stage as a delicacy in some restaurants.

Have you had bokkoms before and what was your thought of it?

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