5 BEST THINGS TO TASTE IN GUYANA
Comfort food can be soul soothing, mind relaxing and a happiness generator. It is one of the easiest ways to ease your mind from the pressure of studying, the restlessness of being alone and the weight of being out of your comfort zone while you’re abroad.
Guyanese flavors, tastes and tangs are influenced by China, Arabia, Africa, Europe, Amerindian, and East India. A wide range of to test your palate from the sweet, light, fluffy and crispy desserts to the spicy, salty, aromatic, zesty savory foods.
1. Pepper Pot
The national dish of Guyana which is synonymous with Christmas. Stewed meat with the intense flavor of cinnamon infused with a sauce made from the cassava root, spicy Caribbean peppers and other basic ingredients. A pot full of flavor, eaten with traditional plait bread, rice or roti. Enjoy the tender pieces of meat served with rich gravy.
The bark of the Mauby Tree and/or some of its fruit boiled with delicious spices and flavorings such as cinnamon, cloves, anise, and vanilla extract; some add a dash of cola for a different flavor. Usually a thick concentrate syrup of the Mauby is made and used with sparkling or plain water and of course it can be added to cocktails. Drink it chilled to enjoy the freshness and the cooling effect on the body.
3. Pine Tarts
A crunchy flaky pastry with a perfectly balanced sweet pineapple filling will send your taste buds tingling with pleasure. The pastry dough is usually shaped as a triangle and filled with either fresh or canned pineapple made jam (fresh being the better option). The jam is infused with vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, dark brown sugar, light brown sugar and white sugar giving it a rich taste and amazing color (people choose flavorings and spices according to what they enjoy). Bite into the crispy crust and relish the soft jam.
Craving some Indian food? Well Pholourie gets its influence from India. A split pea savory delight made which is made of fried, spiced dough served with chutney. A popular street food that can be eaten with your hands! Best eaten hot and crispy with mango or tamarind dip.
5. Fried Bake
Deep fried sandwich breakfast – a light andfluffy crisp on the outside and gentle softness inside with a hint of cinnamon. Delicious when eaten plain or can be enjoyed with a vegetarian or non-vegetarian filling to go with it.
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