1891H.J. DuckittHilda’s ‘Where Is It?’ 92The small dried and salted herring commonly called at the Cape ‘Bokom,’ is very good when done this way.
1910D. FairbridgeThat Which Hath Been (1913) 82He has a good appetite now — though he is still lean as a bokking.
c1936M. ValbeckHeadlong from Heaven 33She eats snoek and bokkoms and what not before she goes to bed.
1945H. GerberFish Fare 16The term bokkems was originally applied to salted and air-dried harders, but now many other kinds of fish are prepared in the same way.
1955A. DeliusYoung Trav. in S. Afr. 99After a hearty breakfast of oatmeal porridge, eggs and some dried salt-fish called bokkems, Dick went out.
1969J.R. GrindleyRiches of Sea 68Some harders and maasbankers were hung to dry as ‘bokkoms’ in the wind and sun on lines stretched between posts near the fishing villages.
1970H. De Villiers inS. Afr. Panorama June 8Some people call it ‘Cape biltong’, but as a rule it is better known as bokkem — delicious dried fish which is peculiar to the Western Cape Province...I met an expert on bokkems...‘Here we concentrate on haarder, stumpnose, steenbras, elf (shad) and “doppies” (small silver fish). Bokkems are also often made from marsbanker.’
1990M.M. Hacksley(tr. of E. van Heerden) inLynx 183There were some farmers a man simply did not work for if he could possibly help it. They were the sjambok farmers who paid you nothing but bokkems and mealiemeel and trouble.