As an ardent lover of good food, non-chain restaurants, mom n pop diners and eating truly local foods wherever I go, I became somewhat of a connoisseur and ardent foodie who will try anything! Trinidad’s local cuisine is rich, varied and stands out from other Caribbean islands. The diverse ethnic groups coexisting here strongly influence the palate and spices used, with the most prevalent ethnic groups being the African (Afro-Trinis) and Indian (Indo-Trinis). A taste of their street foods will transport you around the world in seconds!
Pies (Potato/Chicken/Fish/etc): Trini pies are unlike any other pies I’ve eaten. The shape, texture, dough and stuffing are in a class of their own and unique. They are also deep-fried (not baked) and eaten with hot pimento peppers sauce and/or a dash of mango/sweeter sauce. COMPLETELY YUMMY. Thats (unashamedly) me scarfing down a couple of hot pies! 🙈😍 #dietpostponed 😂
👆🏽Doubles!: is a common street food in Trinidad and Tobago. It is a sandwich made with two baras filled with curry channa (curried chickpeas) and usually doused liberally with an optional serving of hot pepper sauce!
👆🏽They are eaten standing up (as depicted😃) and in a hurry for various reasons… Eat it once you get its traditional brown-bag packet in your hands, while it’s steaming hot! Eat it quickly before the juices saturate the parchment paper it is rolled in. Eat it rapidly because it’s so dang good!
The highly-proteinous chickpeas, hot spices and small size mean that it’s filling and healthy too.
3. BUSS UP SHUT!🤗
“Buss up shut” A.k.a Roti. I had Goat roti. It’s usually eaten with paratha, channa, mango or pommecitee chutney and pumpkin mash. Took me back to Trini Kitchen at the University district, Seattle WA where I used to go buy paratha and nibble it to extinction. 😁.
I completely love sucking on the mango seed/fruit chunks. Talk about a balanced diet, starch, veg and fruit all in one steaming fragrant to-go pack! And all three are hand-eaten so drop your inhibitions and cutlery at the door and dig in. Yummy!!!
4. CORN SOUP: can be eaten with or without meat options. My fave is with Cowheel. #foodporn #triniCornSoup with Oxtail and #dumplings You can’t visit Trinidad without eating lots of soup! Braved the long lines & finally Had this late last night at the Queens Park Savannah! So delishhhhh. It’s a Carnival fave as well as year-round delicacy. 😍💃🏾🍷
Photo Credits: Chinweoke Eke. All photos are taken by me.