Annisa Essack | email@example.com
31 August 2023 | 06:00 CAT
1 min read
Samoosas are a popular snack in South Africa, typically made with a triangular pastry shell filled with a savoury mince or chicken mixture. However, a new product called “golden pockets” has been introduced, which is similar to a samoosa but has different fillings, such as boerewors, peri-peri chicken, and ham and cheese.
The name change has sparked debate on social media, with some arguing that referring to a traditional South African food is disrespectful. Others have defended the name change, saying it is simply a way to differentiate the product from traditional samoosas.
Some people have said that the name change attempts to “Westernise” a South African food.
However, one thing is sure: the name change is confusing, as it is unclear what differentiates a golden pocket from a samoosa.
According to Golden Snacks, the name change was made to avoid confusion with other products that are called samoosas. The company added that “golden pockets” appealed to a broader audience, and the new name is more accurate, as the product is made with vetkoek pastry, which is different from the pastry used in traditional samoosas.
It remains to be seen whether the name change will catch on, but it has certainly generated a lot of discussion. If the name change does catch on, it could lead to the decline of the traditional samoosa. However, it is also possible that both products will coexist, each having its niche market.
Ultimately, the future of golden pockets in South Africa will depend on consumers’ reactions. If enough people are willing to buy the product, it will likely become a permanent fixture on the South African food scene.