When planning a holiday in Barbados people usually think of sun, sea and sand, but there is more to the island than the usual tourist attractions. Barbados holidays are unsurprisingly popular among travellers who want to try a captivating tourist destination and foodies who want to indulge in mouth-watering dishes. Visitors who are eager to sample the best cuisine will find the most popular dishes available at restaurants throughout this beautiful isle.
The national dish of Barbados is Cou-cou (made from cornmeal or breadfruit), which is prepared either with flying fish or salted cod. Flying fish, which glide through the air rather than actually fly, are so popular that the island is known as The Land of the Flying Fish. The succulent fish is perfectly complemented by delicious melt-in-the-mouth cou-cou.
Pudding and Souse
Pudding and souse is another favourite with locals and visitors. The pudding is traditionally made from the intestines of the pig, stuffed with a blend of grated sweet potato, onions and spices. Souse is made from boiled pig’s head, feet or tails, marinated in a pickle made with cucumber, onion, lime and parsley, along with sweet and hot peppers. Usually prepared and eaten at the weekend, probably due to preparation time, this uniquely luscious dish has to be a feature of the culinary experience during your visit.
Peas and Rice
Bajan peas and rice (not ‘rice and peas’ as in other parts of the Caribbean) is a steadfast staple usually seen at Sunday lunches. Made with pigeon peas, it is a perfect accompaniment to any chicken, beef, lamb, pork or fish dish. A spice mix is sometimes added for piquancy. The heartiness of the peas makes a nice contrast to the mellow flavour of the rice.
Not to be forgotten are fish cakes, roti, conkies, cassava pone, coconut bread, plantains, green bananas, rum punch, soursop punch, mauby, sorrell and snow cones. There are so many choices that is impossible to list them all, but no doubt foodies will try some of these selections and find their particular favourites. Bon appetit!