My visit to Trinidad and Tobago has always been a great experience. I have been going to Trinidad on and off over 25 years. But in the last 10 years I have been Vegan and what a difference this has made to my eating habits.
Trinidad is very multi cultural and this is reflected in its many different cuisines, which include, African, Indian, Chinese, Spanish and Syrian influences.
When I first visited this amazing country I was a meat eater and loved the late night barbecue chicken, fish served with chips and ice-cream which you could pick up at night time (lots of night food stalls). I also used to eat a lot of curry prawns or chicken with Dhalpuri Roti (ground yellow splits in the roti) skin. If I went to Maracus beach I used to have the flying fish n bake but the most famous is the shark n bake.
When I changed my lifestyle to being a Vegan I was surprised how easy it was to eat Vegan food in Trinidad and Tobago. There is a large Indian population and most are vegetarian so it was easy to eat vegan. One of the famous breakfast meals apart from all the fresh fruits is “Doubles” which is a street food that is mostly served in the morning. “ Doubles” consists of a two baras type flat bread filled with curry channa (curried chickpeas) served with tamarind sauce and other pepper sauces if desired.
There are many Vegan friendly foods in Trinidad some are listed below:
Roti or Dhalpuri – served with various sides such as potato curry, with green beans and stew pumpkin or curry chickpeas.
Callaloo soup – This is made with okra, dasheen leaves (similar to spinach) and coconut milk. The original usually has crab so always ask beforehand.
Bake N Veg – Bake (fry dumpling) served with salads of your choice and various pepper sauces – Served at the beach mainly Maracus beach
Dirty Rice – Rice and beans with celery, garlic, onions and spices
Pholourie balls – which is made with ground split pea flour, Garlic, Turmeric, cumin and pepper dough balls the size of golf balls are formed and fried afterwards. The fried balls are usually served with a tamarind sauce, mango chutney or hot pepper sauce to dip them in. This is a great street food snack.
If you thinking of travelling to Trinidad as a Vegan you won’t find it hard at all to find something to eat. Don’t forget the fresh fruits, coconut, vegetable’s and fresh Juices such a Soursop, Coconut water, Mauby, Sorrel and of course Rum Punch!!
Trip adviser has a list of Vegan / Vegan Friendly Restaurants you can visit: