Trinidad Food
A Melting Pot of Many Cultures


When we say Trinidad Food we really mean the food of Trinidad Tobago, an important Caribbean Country near the South American shores.

Trinidad is a real melting pot of people and culture. Due to being under many occupations, but mainly the British, many people from all over the British Empire moved to Trinidad and established themselves in this thriving environment.

That is beside the arrival of thousands of slaves from Africa.




Trinidad Doubles originally from India is the # 1 dish of Trinidad

Trinidad Doubles originally from India is the # 1 dish of Trinidad


A mix of Cultures

Trinidad and Tobago Cuisine represents a blend of Indian, European, African, Amerindian, Chinese and Middle Eastern gastronomy.

They have blended their heritage together and used the locally available vegetables, fruits and fish to establish a real identity when it comes to food. So, the Trinidadian Cuisine was born.

Every tourist or business person visiting the island will come back home with all kind of praises for the food of this highly recommended destination.




Buljol is a shredded cod fish typical to Trinidad Food

Buljol is a shredded cod fish typical to Trinidad Food


This is a shredded salted codfish seasoned with pepper, onions, and tomatoes. It is served at room temperature and mainly during breakfast or brunch.

  • Barra

This is small fried bread made flour split peas and turmeric. It is made from flour, split peas and turmeric. It is seasoned with saffron powder, ground roasted cumin, yeast, sugar, salt. When the balls made of this mix are fried they are patted to form flat circles.

  • Bene or Benne Balls

Are balls made of sesame seed. They are hard balls difficult to take a bite from, but so delicious that you will try again and again.


Trinidad Food

Callaloo is a thick soup of Trinidad Cuisine

Callaloo is a thick soup of Trinidad Cuisine


This is a thick soup of leaves, okra and other ingredients which may include crab, coconut milk, lobster, salted meats, chili peppers, and other seasonings.

Doubles

This is a snack originally from India consisting of soft, fried flour and split pea shell filled with curried chick peas. This is the most authentic of Trinidad Food dishes that are sold everywhere mostly in the morning.

Float

This is a type of fry bake made with yeast, making the dough swell when it is frying and float to the top.

Pastelles

This one is similar to Mexican Tamales or Puerto Rican Pasteles. It is mainly served during Christmas.  It is a spiced meat cornmeal pie filled with raisins, olives and other ingredients then wrapped and steamed or boiled in banana leaves.


Chicken Pelau a delicious Trinidad dish of Indian Origin

Chicken Pelau a delicious Trinidad dish of Indian Origin


This is a Pot stew of rice, pigeon, chicken or beef with chick peas. The amazing flavor comes from caramelizing sugar and mixing it with rice, coconut milk and chick peas. This is a dish that represents the melting pot of Trinidadian cuisine. Browning meat in sugar is African and the origin of Pelau is definitely Indian.

  • Pholourie

Are small balls of split pea flour deep fried and served in a thin sweet chutney sauce made of mango or tamarind.

  • Roti

This is Indian flatbread made of split peas and served with curried meat, vegetables or seafood.



Shark and Bake an everyday popular dish of Trinidad

Shark and Bake an everyday popular dish of Trinidad


A sandwich made of lightly battered and seasoned shark fillets wrapped in a fried bread or bake then topped with a choice of condiments, including tamarind, cilantro, Congo peppers, and garlic.




For more information visit Trinidad Official Tourism Website


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