Caribbean Food

Top 5 Martinican Food

Martinique is always referred to as one of the best caribbean culinary spot to explore. Although the gastronomy is highly inspired by the French Cuisine, many- if not all- of its typical dishes are filled with some Caribbean flavors , spices and preparations.
Here are a few of them.

The "Fricassé Lambi"

Also known as conch, Lambi is a typical Caribbean seafood. It is a sea snail whose shell has usually a siphonal canal.
This preparation called fricassee is made with different spices such as : chives, onions, garlic, different herbs and creole spices. All the ingredients are sautéed or braised and served with their sauce.
Fricassée is also a cooking method for meat like chicken or lamb or other seafood like octopus for instance (Chatrou is the Creole name).

The "Chicken Colombo"

Many Creole preparations imply that the  source of protein (meat, fish or seafood) has to marinate for a couple a hours in a mixture of different spices and herbs.
The Chicken is marinated in some salt, lemon, crushed garlic, hot pepper, chive, cloves, chili and Colombo powder . Then it is deep fried in a pan and by adding the Colombo paste (made of curry and other spice powders) and some water, makes a delicious sauce.
This dish is usually served with rice.

Saltfish accra

This appetizer is the most popular in all the Caribbean. In other islands, they call it Fishcake.
As its name stand for, it is made with sltfish, but others make them with vegetables or small shrimps Adding various herbs and hot pepper, flour and baking soda ( or not) it is fried in cooking oil. The size varies but in Martinique they are made quite smaller than other islands

The "Blanc manger coco"

This Coconut custard is absolutely amazing. Imagine: coconut milk, vanilla, cinnamon, lemon zest and a pinch of almond on it.
Here you have it: a very light and tasty dessert combining the Caribbean Flavors with the French Art of Pâtisserie.

The "Ti Punch"

Although it is drunk rather than eaten, Ti punch is a MUST TASTE if you visit Martinique. This traditional  drink is a deep-rooted part in the historical background of the island.
Made with rum (distilled on either one of the seven still-active rum distilleries in Martinique), lemon and sugar or a bit of sugar cane syrup.
Be careful after drinking a few of these, moderation is highly recommended.

By Valerie REMILIEN | Jan 12, 2017 | Caribbean Lifestyle | Pictures : Google Images

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