In our new Globe Trotter series, Viral Travel reviews all the best places to see, eat and stay at in every country of the world!
This week we visit: Mauritius
The local cuisine comes from the three influencing continents and incorporates Indian, Chinese, Creole and European food. Spices play an important role and preferred ones include saffron, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves. Mauritian chefs are known for “savoir-faire”, using traditional ingredients to create modern dishes.
What you should try: Dholl purri are wheat pancakes stuffed with dholl (split peas) and served with curry, of course, and tomato sauce.
Millionaire’s Salad is a dish that incorporates oysters, shrimp, crayfish, crabs and Rosenbergii prawns, served with “sauce rouge” and the heart of a palm tree.
Gateau Piment are the chili cakes available throughout the island, sold in small paper bags. They are made with split peas (dholl) and red or green chilies, coriander, onions and cumin. It is a popular snack food.
Rougaille is a Creole styled tomato dish made with onions, chilies, garlic and spices. Once cooked, many flavors can be added including peas, soya, fish, meats and even gateau piment. It is a favorite at weddings and is often served as an accompaniment to curry.
Fruit salad is a staple of the diet. It is made with many different fruits like apples, oranges, guava, lychees, mangoes and pineapples.
As for the drinks, the locals produce their own cane rum. A cocktail using it is served with coconut water and lime. Local beer includes Phoenix, while the French Black Eagle Beer is also famous.
A favorite drink amongst the locals is Alouda, which is milk drink prepared with basil seeds.
In case you’re feeling puckish, here’s one recipe: