Surprising National Dishes of Caribbean Countries

Updated: Nov 15

You had the most wonderful vacation ever in the Caribbean. It has been weeks or months already and you miss the atmosphere, the culture, food, and drinks.


You don't have to go back to the Caribbean to relive that wonderful feeling. Visit the online platform of anything Caribbean: www.snacation.com!


Snacation magazine shares the art, culture, and languages of exotic Caribbean destinations. It also showcases Caribbean dishes, desserts and drinks, and various tropical vacation resources. You can just stay put where you are and still feel the breezy island vibe!



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Yes, you read it right: Caribbean snacks of choice. Just click what you like and wait for them briefly, wherever you are in the USA:

  • Soursop lime drink

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Snacation also highly recommends the following Caribbean restaurants which relive your vacation experience:


GOLDEN KRUST CARIBBEAN RESTAURANT

If you are in the continental USA and you would want to dine in a tropical setting where you get to remember your Caribbean island getaway and also fill your hungry tummies with delicious and exotic food, Snacation highly recommends the Golden Krust Caribbean Restaurant located in Austell, Georgia.

Recharge your group or family's spirits with fantastic items on their Jamaican menu like their Reggae Fest Meals (your choice of chicken, goat, oxtail, shrimp, pork, vegetable, or roti variations). Try also their exotic soups and exciting patties.

Golden Krust Caribbean Restaurant also delivers to your doorstep.


MP INTERNATIONAL ISLAND CAFE

Snacation supports and recommends Caribbean restaurants on the continental USA chart and helps you locate it if you happen to chance upon their territory.

MP International Island Cafe is one such fabulous Caribbean and Jamaican restaurant that Snacation recommends. It is located in 3 locations in Virginia, namely Portsmouth, Chesapeake, and Norfolk.

Dine on Caribbean soul food, curry chicken, jerk chicken and oxtail entrees, fried shrimp and Whiting entrees, and delightful tropical desserts like plantains and rum cake.

Within the confines of the restaurant is a Caribbean product grocery (Portsmouth and Chesapeake locations) selling Goya products, Caribbean products, fresh seafood, and more.

MP International Island Cafe and Grocery does dine-in, takeaway, and delivery.



ackee, callaloo, fried johnny cakes


CARIBBEAN NATIONAL DISHES

There are 13 exciting Caribbean countries and 21 Caribbean territories to visit and add to your bucket list. But www.snacation.com brings them directly to you through its tropical vacation resources.

Learn a lot about 10 distinct Caribbean Island getaways where you vacation under the friendly sun and you nap in a gently swaying hammock after a sumptuous meal. Learn also about their national dishes.


ST. MARTIN AND CALLALOO SOUP

St. Martin is the nearest Caribbean place to South America. Callaloo soup is a steaming dish of Caribbean fresh greens. It consists of greens (needs not to be complete) like kale, beet greens, Swiss Chard, callaloo, fresh spinach, and okra pods. They are mixed in with salt pork and fresh lean pork, pepper, and thyme, souped with chicken stock, and simmered for 2 and a half hours to create a perfect dinner recipe.


JAMAICA AND ACKEE & SALTFISH

Jamaica is the quintessential Caribbean destination. Ackee and Saltfish is the Jamaica national dish. It consists of ackee (Jamaican national fruit related to the lychee), salt fish, tomatoes, onions, and red bell pepper. It is infused with thyme, garlic, and robust spices creating pleasant sensations on your tastebuds. Perfect for breakfast or brunch. It is also keto-friendly.


HAITI AND GRIOTS WITH RICE AND BEANS

Haitian cuisine consists of influences from Creole traditions. Creole is a blend of African, French, Spanish, Arab, and indigenous Taino influences.

Griots with rice and beans are the Haitian national dish. It is pork shoulder marinated in citrus juices, braised and fried. The Griots are served with diri ak pwa wouj (red beans and rice) and are expected to be served in fests.

What makes this Haitian dish interesting is that the meat is marinated in epis which is a delicious mix of Haitian herbs, vegetables, and spices.


GUYANA AND PEPPERPOT

Guyana is a country on South America's North Atlantic coast but is culturally connected to the Caribbean. It is known for calypso music. Pepperpot is the Guyana national dish. It is stewed meat (choose from beef, pork, mutton, or chicken) flavored with cinnamon, cassareep (special sauce from cassava), and Caribbean hot peppers and other ingredients. It is served with homestyle bread, rice or roti.

It can be reheated for several days because the cassareep serves as a preservative.


BARBADOS AND COU COU & FLYING FISH

Flying fish Barbados - These two are intricately linked with each other because Barbados is known as the land of the flying fish.

The national dish of Barbados is Cou Cou and Flying Fish. The main component of this dish is the fillet of steamed or fried flying fish with a siding of cou cou. It has a resemblance to polenta or grits. It also has lime juice, spices, and fresh vegetables which elevate its wonderful flavors.

Barbadian cuisine, also called Bajan cooking, is a happy mixture of Portuguese, African, Irish, Indian, Creole, and British infusions.


BAHAMAS AND CRACKED CONCH WITH PEAS & RICE

The Bahamas is a popular Caribbean destination with 700 islands well sprinkled over 100,000 square miles of the beautiful ocean. It is an ecological oasis with the clearest water in the whole world.

Cracked Conch with Peas and Rice is the national dish of the Bahamas. This conch or crayfish is served scorched/charred or raw in lime juice or cracked (dipped in cracker crumbs and then fried). It is authentic Bahamian/Bajan cuisine wherein seasonings unique to Bajan culture are mixed in with the crayfish in a wet rub of thyme, onion, garlic, pepper, and marjoram. Add in also lime juice and oil for extra body and flavor.

Cracked Conch with peas and rice is served with sidings like coleslaw, potato salad, macaroni and cheese, and plantains.


ANGUILLA AND PIGEON PEAS & RICE

Anguilla is a British Overseas Territory located in the Eastern Caribbean. Its beaches range from long sandy stretches to secluded coves. It has protected environmental areas including caves and wildlife zones.

The national dish of Anguilla is Pigeon Peas and Rice. It is simmered in a coconut broth well seasoned with garlic, onion, thyme, and peppers. It goes well with stews such as fish stew, stewed jerk chicken, or oxtail.


ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA AND FUNGEE & PEPPERPOT

Antigua and Barbuda is an independent country and a proud member of the Commonwealth. It is strategically located at the intersection of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. It is known for rainforests, reef-lined beaches, and resorts.


Fungee and Pepperpot is the national dish of Antigua and Barbuda. It is a much loved commercial cornmeal dish served alongside vegetable mash and a sauce made from garlic, tomatoes, and salted codfish. Fungee is served together with Antiguan pepperpot which is a spicy meat soup.


TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO AND CRAB & CALLALOO

Trinidad and Tobago is a double island Caribbean country neighboring Venezuela. It has distinctive Creole traditions and cuisine. The capital city, Port of Spain, hosts an animated carnival that features soca and calypso music.


Crab and Callaloo is the national dish of Trinidad and Tobago. For callaloo, this flavorful dish uses dasheen bush as the main ingredient and is simmered in a creamy and tasty coconut sauce. Crab is added to enhance this dish which is traditionally consumed as a soup.


ST. VINCENT & THE GRENADINES AND ROASTED BREADFRUIT & JACKFISH

It is a southern Caribbean country consisting of the main island, St. Vincent, and a chain of other smaller islands. It has quiet private isles, volcanic landscapes, and yacht docked harbors.

Roasted Breadfruit and Fried Jackfish is the national of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. It is enjoyed as a filling lunch selection.

The breadfruit is roasted over an open fire until it is slightly charred at the outside, while the center is still soft and tender.

The jackfish is marinated in lemon juice well before it is mixed in flour and fried until it is crispy. This dish is sided by a sauce that blends in tomatoes, garlic, onions, thyme, and other herbs and vegetables.


Enjoy!

Guest Writer: Johjoh


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