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7 Irresistible Bajan Bites: Must-Try Foods in Barbados

Barbados is not just a tropical paradise; it's a haven for food enthusiasts seeking an authentic taste of the Caribbean. Get ready to embark on a flavorful journey as we explore the best of Bajan cuisine, from the shores of Oistins to the heart of Bridgetown.

1. Roasted Breadfruit

What it is: Breadfruit, a starchy and versatile tropical fruit. To create this delight, it is roasted over an open flame until its outer skin becomes charred and the inner flesh turns soft and creamy. The roasting process imparts a smoky flavor to the fruit which enhances its natural sweetness.

Roasted Breadfruit Barbados

Where to try: Yelluh Meat has a variety of breadfruit bowls with delicious toppings to suit everyone - from minced beef to tuna and pickled pigtail.

Tip: if this is the first time you're trying this dish, stick to a topping that you're familiar with. Tuna and minced beef are some safe options!

2. Macaronie Pie

What it is: Macaronie Pie, a comfort food classic, is a cheesy symphony that'll have you craving seconds before you've even finished your first bite. Imagine a fusion of macaroni pasta swimming in a creamy sea of rich, flavorful cheese sauce, baked to golden perfection. The result is a bubbling, cheesy wonderland that captures the essence of homestyle cooking in Barbados.

Where to try: a lot of local eateries offer the authentic macaroni pie. Here are a few of my faves:

  • Sand Dunes, St. Andrew

  • Browne Sugar Restaurant, St. Michael

Tip: Enjoy your Macaroni Pie alongside traditional Bajan dishes like rice and peas, flying fish or seasoned grilled meats for a true taste of the island's culinary diversity. Spice things up with a dash of Bajan pepper sauce - the kick of heat compliments this creamy richness of the Macaroni Pie, that'll leave your taste buds dancing.

3. Cou-Cou and Flying Fish

What it is: Cou-Cou and Flying Fish, the national dish of Barbados is a culinary fusion which bring together the land and sea in a symphony of taste. This Bajan staple is made from cornmeal, okra, and seasoning which is paired together with the flying fish - grilled, fried, or stewed.

Where to try: Brown Sugar Restaurant in Bridgetown offers an authentic experience with this iconic Bajan dish.

4. Pudding and Souse

What it is: Pudding and Souse is a unique combination of steamed sweet potato which is referred to as the "pudding" and pickled pork which is the "souse". Traditionally, souse was made using various parts of the pig such as the trotters, ear, snout and tongue but today, many people prefer to use lean pork meat instead.

To be honest, this certainly does not make the list of one of my personal favorites but locals swear by it!

Where to try: Many local eateries prepare this dish on Saturdays only but Lemon Arbor (also known as 'The Village Bar' is prehaps one of the most respected and notable places which serve pudding and souse in Barbados. This dish is so delicious that most Saturdays they are completely sold out within a mere few hours!

5. Fish Cake

What it is: Bajan Fish Cakes are bite-sized, round golden nuggets of joy made from salted cod and various spices.

Where to try: You can find fish cakes at many local eateries but one of my favourite stalls is the 'Hot Legendary Fish Cakes' Stall.

Tip: Ready for a bit of heat? Try your fish cakes with local "hot pepper sauce"! For an even more authentic delight, try your fish cakes with a fresh salt bread which is locally referred to as a "bread and two"!

6. A Cutter

What it is: This hearty and satisfying delight is a local favorite. Picture this: soft salt bread filled with marinated and grilled fish, chicken, or pork, complemented by a medley of fresh veggies, slaw, and a kick of hot pepper sauce. It's not "ah cutter" without the salt bread!

Where to try: 'Cuzz's Fish Stand' is my all time favorite spot to grab a fresh fish cutter. Located on Pebbles Beach, a "cuz cutter" filled with fresh fish, lettuce, egg and cheese hits the spot like no other. For an upscale feel, try 'Cutters Of Barbados'

7. Sweet Bread

What it is: Bajan sweet bread is made with a combination of flour, sugar, spices (like nutmeg and cinnamon), dried fruits (such as raisins or currants), and sometimes grated coconut. It's typically baked until golden brown and has a dense, moist texture with a sweet flavor.

Where to try: Many vendors sell it as a snack or dessert item therefore you can look for it in local bakeries or cafes.

Barbados isn't just a feast for the eyes; it's a feast for the senses. Dive into the local flavors, embrace the warm hospitality, and let the authentic tastes of Barbados linger on your palate long after your island adventure.


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