What are some local dishes of Barbados?
Cou cou (made from corn meal and okra) served with flying fish is the national dish. Flying fish are gorgeous. You can also have a flying fish cutter (flying fish on salt bread - bread isn't salty though that's just the name). Macaroni pie is another great dish. Black eye peas and rice, pudding and souce, plantain, conkies.
My tummy is rumbling just writing the list! Bajans are great cooks.
Barbados is a somewhat of a cosmopolitan island where much of the food is imported and one can find almost any kind of cuisine on the island.
However, local/traditional Bajan delicacies include fresh fish, lots and lots of fish dishes that may be sauteed or fried: shark, marlin, mahi mahi, snapper and of course flying fish. Barbadians also enjoy seasoned and baked pork (particularly at Christmas time) macaroni pie, peas and rice (peas may be green or black-eyed), cassava, and bread-fruit cou cou and cornmeal cou cou. We used to eat sea egg, but I understand that this was banned due to over-harvesting. (Pity!) Pudding and souse is another local/traditional dish. pudding is made from the intestines of the pig which are stuffed with very seasoned sweet potato. Souse is boiled pig's feet served with a cold pickle of onion. Condiments/preparations include yellow Bajan hot sauce and traditional and "Bajan" seasoning (a mixture of herbs, shallots, several peppers and onions) which I find varies from kitchen to kitchen.
Macaroni pie can be found at street-side vendors. The fish dishes can be found at Oistins fish market, Baxter's Road St. Michael, Sand Dunes and at Brown Sugar in St. Michael. I understand that some rum shops sell local traditional meals.
BBEdited: 15 February 2010, 18:44
Fish cakes done properly are wonderful ...with a dash of hot sauce
thanks for the wonderful facts.
Godsgloriousworld, I just thoroughly read your post and I forgot all about conkies! Haven't had one in years. Fishcakes are also a wonderful appetizer or snack.
Little-known fact, conkies, cou cou and cassava and the preparation methods for many traditional Bajan dishes originated in West Africa. Rice, okra, fresh fried fish are also common West African fare. Friends from Ghana and Liberia who have visited Barbados note how "African" the island looks and feels.
As said before, Cou-cou and flying fish is the national dish, although I am not a fan of cou-cou, I love flying fish. Another popular side dish is sweet potato pie, which is basicly sweet potato mash mixed with pineapple and baked. It probaly dont sound very nice, but believe me, I love it. Also, Breadfruit is another popular side dish, either fried, or baked, it is fab!!
BBDSBEAUTY, That is so true what you say about our Bajan dishes and overall links to West Africa and especially Ghana. My Ghanaian friends who have been to Barbados absolutely love bim and say the nickname for the Island should be little Ghana and not little England and i could not agree more lol. Another great local dish even if not as popular as it once was is Yam pie mmmmmmmmmmm
You're right. I forgot yam pie! Didn't have it as much back in the day, I suppose. Loved the 'Little Ghana' comment. Lol! Thinking of our local desserts now, but won't go there...
I'm going over in a few weeks and taking some 'newbies' to the island with me. Where is the best place to get conkies from these days. I'm assuming you have to know someone who makes them?? Or is there actually anywhere that sells them?