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Cuisine in Trinidad & Tobago
 
 
 

Foods

Due to a multi-ethnic society Trinidad & Tobago’s gastronomy is in many ways unique. In particular, the Indian roots have added to some of the best foods of any country in the world. Trinidadian and Tobagonian dishes are often stewed, barbecued, or curried with coconut milk.

A nationally well-known main dish of Trinidad & Tobago is curry chicken and roti. This dish was adopted from indentured labourers from India in the 19th century, where other favourite local dishes include: curry crab, curry shrimp, curry duck, curry aloo (potato). These meals are often served with various rotis such as dalpuri, "bus-up-shut", and of course sada. In addition, Trinidadians often add various pepper sauces to their meals, for example, "mother-in-law", as well as curry mango, chataigne (breadnut), channa, pumpkin, or mango kuchela.

Another very popular and nationally well-known dish with distinctly African roots is callaloo, a creamy and spicy side dish made of dasheen leaves, okra, crab, thyme, coconut milk and shado beni or bhandhanya or cilantro. Callaloo is often served with cornmeal coo coo, plantain, cassava, sweet potatoes, dumplings and curried crab. Pelau, a rice-based dish, is a very popular dish in Trinidad & Tobago, as well as stewed chicken, breadfruit oil down, macaroni pie, pepperpot, ox-tails, among many others.

Popular freshly-prepared street foods include "doubles", bake and shark (particularly at a Maracas Bay, a popular beach on the North coast), curried shrimp roti, corn soup, geera chicken and pork, raw oysters with a spicy sweet/hot sauce mainly with cilantro or shado beni, saheena, kachorie, aloo pies, fish pies, cheese pies, beef pies, and pows (steamed wrapped roll with savoury or sweet filling) – steamed buns filled with meat, typically pork. Doubles is curried chick peas enclosed in two pieces of fried bread, and served with your choice of condiments. Bake and shark are pieces of shark which are deep fried, served in cut fried bread called "fried bake", and accompanied by various sauces, most popular of which is a puree of shadow beni.

Phoulourie is a another popular roadside snack. Phoulourie are small balls, made of fried ground chick peas and flour. It and other popular snack foods like roast corn, cow heel soup, aloo pies (fried potato pies) and saheena (spinach dipped in batter and fried), are often available from street vendors, especially around the Savannah.

Barbecued chicken is another popular dish. It is similar to American barbecue, but with local spices. There are roadside barbecue stands that sell a box of barbecued chicken (quarter) with fries, salad and garlic bread.

For desserts, there are many local sweets and candies to sample like toolum, tambran ball, guava cheese, sugar cake, paw-paw ball, benna ball, jub-jub, kurma, barfi, ladoo, peera.

Beverages

There are many different popular beverages in Trinidad & Tobago. These include, various sweet drinks (Chubby, Solo, Peardrax), and also Malta, Smalta, Shandy, citrus juice, ginger beer, Guinness beer, Peanut punch, sorrel, mauby, seamoss punch, barbadine punch, and soursop punch.

Coconut water can be found throughout the island. Rum was invented in the Caribbean, therefore Trinidad & Tobago boasts rum shops all over the island, serving local favourites such as ponche-de-crème, puncheon rum, and home-made wines from local fruits.

 

 
 

 



 


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