Bahamian cuisine is an eclectic mix of Southern American and Caribbean styles. What sets Bahamian cuisine apart, however, is the island’s love for spices. Properly spicing a dish is critical to Bahamian cuisine to bring out that ideal flavouring and colouring of some of the most famous dishes.
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Look out for this ceviche-style dish that serves uncooked conch soaked in a spicy pepper and citrus sauce. It’s often blended with tomatoes, green peppers, cucumbers, and celery. If you’re thinking this dish to be raw, then don’t worry, it isn’t exactly. The acid of the citrus causes a process called denaturation, which in the process cooks the meat.
Also, known as spiny lobsters, these sumptuous crustaceans are a major export of the Caribbean. Savour this Bahamian dish steamed or boiled, alongside salads, as patties, or in Creole-style sauces. The choice is yours!
Bahamian Stew Fish:
Considered to be one of the best foods in the Bahamas, this dish is a concoction of spices, tomato, celery and onion to make a thick red sauce that is served over a partially pan-fried fish.
Similar to southern American cornbread, johnnycakes are the unofficial bread of Bahamian cuisine. A pan-cooked mix, johnnycakes are made of milk, butter, flour, and sugar, and are often eaten with stews and curries.
A fiercely popular dish among locals, crab is combined with bread crumbs, seasoning, and egg, and is then baked in the crab’s original shell.
Peas ‘n’ Rice:
If mashed potatoes are commonly loved all across, the peas ‘n’ rice fulfils that role in the Bahamas. There are various ways to have it cooked, but one of the popular methods is to cook pigeon peas with salt pork, tomatoes, uncooked rice, green pepper, etc. When it’s served as a side dish, Bahamians often sprinkle hot sauce over the concoction.
Get hold of guava, fold it into pastry dough, boil it, and your guava duff is ready. Often served with rum custard sauce, this local dessert is sure to impress your taste buds.
The Yellow Bird:
Adopted from Jamaica, rum is considered to be the national alcoholic beverage of the Bahamas. The Yellow Bird, a local favourite, is a blend of orange juice, pineapple juice, rum, Galliano and apricot brandy. Also, if you want a typically Bahamian liqueur, try Nassau Royale. It is used to make an increasingly popular drink.
Take in the tastes of local Bahamian cuisine. You’ll certainly come back here for more.
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