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The population mix in Trinidad & Tobago is fascinating with a large East Indian population, a large population of black Trinis, and a smattering of other races including Caucasians, Chinese, and Syrians to just name a few.  With such an interesting mix of people, you are bound to have a variety of food. Seven delicious street foods are easily found.

Seven delicious street foods corn soup

Seven delicious street foods – I am not the only one who loves corn soup

Street food in Trinidad & Tobago is amazing

Street food in Trinidad & Tobago is some of the best I have found.  Each population group has its thumb print on the Trinidad & Tobago menu. Trinidad & Tobago is a tropical island, so it comes as no surprise that seafood and tropical fruit would also make an appearance on the list.

Seven delicious street foods in Trinidad & Tobago

7. Corn Soup

The first dish I had in Trinidad was a lunch of corn soup. We arrived at Chaguaramas National Park the day before Carnival and the usual street vendors were nowhere to be found. Just a small little stand selling corn soup in a little Styrofoam cup. This is a watery course with chunks of potatoes and little corn cobs bobbing in a green liquid with some spicy peppers. This would not be my last run in with corn soup as it was provided for our Chocolate City J’Ouvert meal the very next day. I love corn soup.

Trinidad & Tobago corn soup

Russ loves his corn soup 

6. Gyros

There is a small Syrian population in Trinidad & Tobago and they run a series of street food shops along the main drag in the Woodbrook neighborhood on Ariapita Avenue. I have never had such amazing gyros before. For about five or seven dollars, you will get a tight, tasty wrap of awesomeness. I will never forget the tongs grabbing a generous portion of lamb meat dripping with juice and laying it on the bread. Then they covered it with sauce and other extras before dripping some spicy pepper sauce. Watch out they do not over do it with the pepper sauce or you will be gasping for water.

Coconut in Trinidad & Tobago

Seven delicious street foods – Opening up the coconut in Trinidad & Tobago

Trinidad & Tobago coconut

Seven delicious street foods – Enjoying some delicious coconut water in Trinidad & Tobago

5. Coconut with jelly

There is something about buying food on the street that needs to be opened by a machete. Coconut vendors can be found all over. Just look for a lady near a pick up with a machete. First, they will open a notch in the coconut and give you a straw to sip up the coconut water. Tip, coconut water mixes well with the local rum. After consuming the liquid, they will smash open the fruit and cut a little notch, so you can scrape up the jelly.

Saheena Trinidad & Tobago

Seven delicious street foods – Mouth watering saheena in Trinidad & Tobago

Saheena Trinidad & Tobago

Seven delicious street foods – Friendly saheena and doubles stand in Debe

4. Saheena

Saheena is like doubles (see number one) as it is like a mini burrito filled with delicious local ingredients enclosed with a battered wrap and deep fried. The filling consists of lots of chopped spinach and stirred in a split pea flour base and then fried. Lots of spices and peppers go into the filling as well including cumin, minced garlic, curry powder, and onions. The product is filling and delicious.

3. Roti

I have a roti confession to make. I actually did not try one in Trinidad & Tobago. Roti is a tasty flat bread served with meats and vegetables. In my defense, I did have the buss-up-shut, which is roti in little pieces that supposedly resembles a busted up shirt. You can dip your bust-up-shut in your  curry sauce or use it as a wrap and fold it over meat and vegetables. Typical ingredients consist of dhal, spinach, chickpeas, mango chutney, and of course pepper salsa.

Bake and shark Trinidad & Tobago

Seven delicious street foods – Enjoying a bake and shark at Maracas Beach in Trinidad & Tobago

Bake and Shark Maracas Beach Trinidad & Tobago

Seven delicious street foods – Loving all my fixing on my bake and shark and the carib beer is pretty good too

2. Bake and Shark

This is a fried shark sandwich served with your choice of fixings. At Maracas Beach, they have Bake and Shark stands including the extremely popular joint called Richard’s. They have a buffet of fixings for your sandwich including a variety of sauces and tomatoes, lettuce, and onions. The sandwich is incredibly flaky and a must have when visiting the beach or anywhere else. They also serve this nightly at the Savanna in downtown Port of Spain.

Doubles Trinidad & Tobago

Seven delicious street foods – Grand master doubles maker in Trinidad & Tobago

1. Doubles

This Trinidad favorite is quite like saheena in that it is a little ball of flavor. They have doubles makers on the street who work their craft, as Hardee Karges points out in his book Hypertravel, like a DJ. They make a double in like ten seconds dancing around spreading their delicious sauce on a baked bread like a rapper manipulating a worn record.  The ingredients are similar to roti, but instead rolled up in a ball. When you find a good one, you might have to wait in line for 15-20 minutes as they draw a crowd and people will order 4 or 5 at a time.

After writing this post and researching the ingredients online, I am ready to return and enjoy more of the seven delicious street foods from Trinidad & Tobago.

Read more from my adventure in Trinidad & Tobago

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Boogie board and bake and shark at Maracas Beach in Trinidad

J’Ouvert with Chocolate City opens Trinidad & Tobago Carnival

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