What’s a holiday in St Kitts without experiencing the exotic flavors of this Caribbean island? St Kitts cuisine is full of luxurious flavors distinct to this country as well as a symphony of colors beautifully presented in a plate that is sure to satisfy your cravings. Each of their traditional dishes has a special way of preparation that makes their delicacies truly remarkable to the taste. Meat, fish and seafood are the main ingredients of St Kitts dishes and the rich soils of this country create a variety of fresh produce used to give flavor to entrees and desserts.
There are many delicacies in St Kitts that holidaymakers should try at least once to discover rich gastronomies inspired by Puerto Rican, West Indian and British flavors. Here are some of the various St Kitts delights that must be tried on a St Kitts holiday:
White Rice with Beans
This is said to be the most common dish in St Kitts. It may sound very simple but this recipe is a popular choice among Kittitians. The white rice with beans is usually prepared with coconut milk, thyme, chili, scallions, salt and black pepper and is served with just about any kind of West Indian main course although; seafood seems to be the most popular choice. When topped with curry, this dish can be eaten as is and is still filling and savory.
Goat Water Stew
The Goat Water Stew is the country’s most well known dish. It is a mix of surprises like goat meat, papaya, dumplings and breadfruit in a tomato-based stew. This dish has an Irish heritage with a secret spice called ground clove that makes the goat meat even more flavorful. There are some restaurants in St Kitts that are popular because of their goat water specialty so don’t hesitate to ask the locals where you can find the best one nearby.
Cook-up or Pelau
Pelau is a dish similar to Paella. It is mainly prepared with rice, pigeon peas, vegetables and meat like chicken, pig tail and saltfish. As you can imagine, this colorful dish is as rich in flavor as it is in ingredients. With the right proportion of everything and the delicate preparation it entails, cook-up or pelau is a sure delight to anyone looking to satisfy all sorts of food cravings in one sitting.
Conkies are a culinary favorite in this country. It is much like tamales and it eaten with a meal or as a snack. This sweet delight is said to secure friendship for life when given as a gift. This delicacy is prepared with warmth and exudes the feeling of being at home with the family because of its rich aroma. Conkie is slang for adjectives such as sweet, great, awesome and the like. All of which fittingly describe this delicacy.
Stewed Saltfish Served with Spicy Plantains, Coconut Dumplings and Seasoned Breadfruit
St Kitts’ national dish is as colorful and beautiful as St Kitts itself. The stewed saltfish served with spicy plantains, coconut dumplings and seasoned breadfruit is a careful preparation of rich contrasting and complementing flavors in one plate. It is a blend of locally available vegetables and spices as well as coconut and salted codfish. The presentation of the dish itself is picture perfect and once you dig into it, you will discover wonderful essences distinct to St Kitts.
While you are indulging your palate, why not also try some locally produced rum as well. Rum is popular in St Kitts as it is in other Caribbean islands. St Kitts produces rums with distinctive flavors such as mango, coffee and vanilla. You will find bars around that offer moonshine rum produced from individual homemade stills that you will sincerely enjoy.
These are just some of the many delicious delicacies you will discover in St Kitts, all of which are worth a try. There are some villages in St Kitts that hold cookouts on weekend nights and you might want to find one where you can enjoy the food and drinks and have a good time with the friendly locals who will make your holiday in St Kitts truly remarkable.
Author Emmanuel Uwabor