What should you try on French Antilles

Local cuisine in Martinique and Guadeloupe is a rich mélange of West African, French, Indigenous, and South Asian flavours, foodstuffs, and cooking styles. As we were for long time on the islands, we have tried the following: 

Starters

  • Pâtés Créoles is puff pastry filled with spicy pulled pork, a great snack on the go.
  • Accra became our favorite appetizer. This Carribean fritter is made with salt fish or shrimps. 
  • Boudin is a sausage stuffed with pork, liver, rice, and a host of aromatics and spices. I didn’t like its taste much as it reminded me of the German blood sausage.
  • Le Matoutou de Crabe is a delicious starter made of crab meat with spices.
  • Le Féroce d’Avocat is another typical starter made with salt cod, avocado, cassava and a lot of spices.
French Antilles local food
French Antilles local food
French Antilles local food

Main dishes

  • Dorade grilée is grilled sea bream (which is probably typical for all countries which have access to the ocean)
  • Chicken Colombo is Indian-style spiced chicken served with local vegetables.
  • Christophine (Chayote) au Gratin tastes somewhat like a meat and cheese quiche but without the crust. It’s usually made with ham, cheese and chayote (local plant) and served in the chayote shell.
  • Lobster… doesn’t need introduction!
French Antilles local food
French Antilles local food
French Antilles local food

Desserts

  • Blanc Manger au Coco – this pudding-like super-sweet dessert is made of sweetened condensed milk, coconut milk, gelatin, cinnamon, vanilla and lime. 
  • Cassava (manioc) ice cream is also something you can try on the Antilles. I liked its decent, raw taste.
  • The coconut ice cream from Paradis Glaces is delicious! You can find it in three different forms: in a paper cup (2,3€), on a stick and in a plastic bag (60 Cents) in almost any local supermarket. I liked the last option the most as it was more watery than the others two, with frozen coconut milk flakes.
Blanc Manger au Coco
Manioc ice cream
Coconut ice cream

Alcohol

  • Coco punch and ti punch (local alcohol cocktails) tried my husband and reported a sweet fruity taste. 
  • Rum from the local distilleries (tasting is usually for free)
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By | 2020-11-24T21:24:10+00:00 November 24th, 2020|

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