Barbados Restaurants, Island Cuisine, Local Dishes
Sea-Egg: The white sea-egg (Tripnustes Esculentus Lesks) is one of the 17 species of sea urchin (Echinoidea) which maybe found in the coastal waters of Barbados. Its spined shell contains the golden roes which have become a local delicacy. Found in relatively shallow waters at a depth of six metres (20 feet) especially around the south coast, the sea-eggs are picked from the sea floor by divers. On the shore they break the shells, remove and wash the roes and pack them into whole shells. The sea-eggs are then steamed and marketed by hawkers. Sea-egg picking is controlled by law to avoid depletion of the species. It has therefore become illegal to dive or market sea-eggs during any period declared closed.
Flying fish (Hirundictys Affinis) is another delicacy, and
accounts for 60% of the weight of all fish landed on the island. These
fish travel in shoals, jumping in and out of water like dolphins.
Made from corn meal and okra, cou-cou is usually served with fish or
Pudding and Souse: Pudding and souse is another Barbadian dish. The pudding is made from the intestines of the pig which are stuffed with highly seasoned sweet potato. The souse is boiled pig's head or feet served with a cold pickle of onion, cucumbers, limes, parsley and hot and sweet peppers.
Peas and Rice: Peas and rice is also popular, and jug-jug - a dish made principally of green or dried peas and guinea corn - is served at Christmas.
Drinks: Indigenous drinks include mauby, a bitter-sweet beverage boiled from a particular tree bark; rum distilled from sugar cane; falernum, partially distilled cane syrup; sorrel, brewed from leaves like tea; and ginger beer. Juices are also made from cherries, golden apples, soursop, pawpaw and guava.
Fish Fry: A rich aspect of the Barbadian culture is its culinary variety. Most of the typical delicacies can be obtained from Baxter’s Road, Bridgetown - the street that ‘never sleeps’. Another venue for a tantalizing fish fry is the Oistin's Bay Gardens, Christ Church, on weekends.
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