National Geographic recently posted the most popular favorite or national dish of ten countries and two Caribbean countries topped the list.
So if you are planning on traveling to these islands soon, make sure you get your fix of these national dishes….and bring me back some too!
Ackee and Saltfish, Jamaica
Despite ackee’s unhappy origins as slave food, Jamaicans have reclaimed it as part of their national dish. A nutritious fruit with a buttery-nutty flavor, ackee resembles scrambled egg when boiled. Jamaicans sauté the boiled ackee with saltfish (salt-cured cod), onions, and tomatoes. Sometimes the dish is served atop bammy (deep-fried cassava cakes) with fried plantains.
Planning: Jake’s, Treasure Beach, is renowned for ackee and saltfish and also offers cooking classes.
Coo-Coo and Flying Fish, Barbados
A polenta-like cornmeal and okra porridge, coo-coo pairs perfectly with flying fish, which is either steamed with lime juice, spices, and vegetables or fried and served with a spicy sauce.
Planning: The Flying Fish restaurant overlooking St. Lawrence Bay claims to be the Barbadian national dish’s home.
Sorry Trinidad and Tobago, your roti, pelau, curried crabs and doubles did NOT make the list….this time!
Read more of National Geographic’s Top National Dishes list HERE.