When in Jamaica, you’ve just got to eat Jamaican food! Right?
Bearing in mind that Jamaica, like many other countries, was once under British rule we (an Australian & a Singaporean) decided to go local… and simply loved what we found and thus devoured.
Every Jamaican eats Patties ~ like Americans eating hamburgers ~ which is the equivalent of Pasties in Australia and Curry Puffs in Singapore. With locals’ suggestions, we headed for Juici Patties, a local franchise with a fascinating history.
Then came my usual style of observation … local outlet with longest queue (line) has to be good, right? So for lunch on our 2nd day, we stepped into a mom-n-pop store, listened and watch others, then ordered. Out we walked to the park with ~ Goat Curry and Tripe Curry, both came with salad and “Rice and Peas” (the peas were red beans, almost like Pinto).
We were on a little bit of a gastronomic adventure so ~ why not? 😆
Our host was a little taken aback when she saw we were game at trying all kinds of local dishes so she introduced us to local vegetables (from her backyard) done local style. Ackee, looks like a pluck & eat fruit BUT it’s actually toxic unless prepared and cooked properly… & strangely, it tastes really good with salted fish! See this link, if you’re curious. It’s the first time I’ve ever heard of Bammy and Jamaican Dumpling too.
Day after, we headed out in a local bus for Port Royal, the historic point of pirates and buccaneers, when we were told that it had superb seafood. We were not disappointed, the food was good but the portions ~ mega size!
We have walked for miles and it’s always a good excuse to eat with no calorie-guilt. Then came Round 2 from our host.
More actually …
We decided to check out a food court after hearing about a counter which only sells real Jamaican dishes.
So we went back again the next day and I got my taste of Cowfoot. Is it really the foot of a cow? I didn’t dare ask.
Quite tasty! … just like Sole Food or is it Soul Foot?