The weather outside may be plummeting, but it will not be long until we are heating up at our local Caribbean Carnival. There is never a shortage of food stalls at Caribbean celebrations and we are often left spoilt for choice.
This guide will help you choose between some of the Caribbean’s most popular dishes, which will more than likely make an appearance at your local festival.
Jerk chicken is known for its tender taste. Jerk flavour is the most famous Caribbean meat preparation of all and it can be found at street food events across the world due to its popularity,
Did you know that Jerk is cooked in a “jerk drum”? This is an oil drum which is turned on its side and used as a barbeque. The smell it creates is strong and distinctive and you will most likely be drawn towards it as soon as you can smell it.
Caribbean chefs prepare the mean in ingredients which include: ground allspice berries, scotch bonnet chillies, spring onions and thyme. Getting the mix just right is the secret behind good jerk chicken as it should taste smoky, spicy and ever so slightly, sweet.
Crispy on the outside and succulent on the inside, this is a dish which should not be missed.
Rice and Peas
A classic, nonetheless make sure you get a portion of this. This side will usually come with your jerk chicken, however, if you are a vegetarian have it on its own. This dish is packed with goodness containing kidney beans, black beans, black-eyed peas and occasionally lentils.
This popular choice would not be missed at a Caribbean carnival. These delicious, deep-fried dumplings can be used to dip into saucier dishes. Forget about a knife and fork and dig in with dumplings.
Plantain is a banana-shaped fruit that can be sliced and cooked. Many chefs cook and add it as a side to jerk chicken and rice and peas – giving an additional kick of sweetness, Caribbean style.
Freshen up with a coconut water, fresh from a green bulbous shell. This authentic Caribbean drink is perfecting for tying all of the flavours you will try together. Coconut water is different from milk as it is drinking straight from the source of the pineapple.
You must try a Jamaican patty. Filled with spiced meat filled, this pasty is bound to be the tastiest pastry you have ever eaten. You will find patty vendors scatted across the festival.
Corn is a street food favourite and no matter where you are in the world, it always goes down as a complete Caribbean treat. Corn is simple to cook on the grill and is finished with butter, spices or lime – the Caribbean way.
This is just a selection of treats you will find at your local Caribbean market. This selection is full of flavour and can be washed down with your favourite Caribbean rum. Try something new or share with a friend! Enjoy Caribbean food the right way.