Trini Recipes and Street Food
For those uninitiated into classic Trinidad cuisine, Pelau is rice, any choice of meat and pigeon peas slowly simmered together in one pot culminating in the most incredibly flavourful comfort food you will ever have the pleasure of experiencing. However simple these ingredients may sound it's all about the cooking process, staring with "browning" the meat in a caramelising-like process, then layering that with local green seasonings, the earthy Pigeon Peas and then the rice soaking up all that goodness as it cooks low and slow.
While cucumber’s natural anti-inflammatory properties are great for soothing and hydrating your tired puffy eyes, they also make an excellent snack or condiment like Cucumber Chutney. Not to be confused with Cucumber Relish, this East Indian influenced Caribbean dish is more akin to a type of salsa. Cucumber Chutney is best known as a condiment found on top of Trinidad Doubles, a famous Trinidad street food. However, it’s also a great stand alone snack served with crackers or flat bread.
There’s nothing like standing at the side of the road and using your hands to inhale the soggy mess of savory deliciousness known as Doubles. One of the most famous Trinidad street foods, Doubles is commonly associated with breakfast or late night bar crawls. Made with cooked chana or chickpeas placed on top of two bara, two fried flatbreads and finished with an array of local condiments depending on what side of the road you find yourself.
Trinidad Callaloo is a medley of leafy greens with fresh herbs and vegetables cooked in coconut milk and blended to create a stew or soup like dish. Traditionally made with the leaves of the root vegetable Dasheen (taro) modern amalgamations have utilized Spinach to give another unique flavor. Other variations include adding Crab Meat, Salted Pork or coconut cream instead of coconut milk for more depth of flavor. Even the texture can range from chunky, a smooth puree or somewhere in between.
Butter bread is a soft, pillowy, creamy flavoured bread with a hypnotizing aroma that entices you to devour it as soon as it leaves the oven. It's a great accompaniment to any sweet or savoury sandwich. However, a simple smattering of butter on a warm freshly cut slice is just as satisfying. For those who can't get enough bread, this is the loaf for you!
A favourite among kids!
Trini Bake and shark is one of the popular must have foods of the twin isle Republic of Trinidad & Tobago. Bake & Shark is a sandwich made of fried bread and fish topped with veggies and delicious condiments. It is commonly eaten at Maracas Bay where it can be bought at various food stalls near the beach front.
Trinidad Barfi is a local and traditional Indian sweet. Trini Barfi is typically made around the time of Diwali, Eid and prayer celebrations. For a twist you can add pistachio, cashew or berries to produce a variety of flavours.