In addition to all the fun-in-the-sun activities, the Dutch Caribbean islands of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao offer lots of great options for foodies. Here are the top things to try on your next vacation to the ABC Islands.
1. Keshi Yena – this is a staple in Aruba and Curaçao that is believed to have originated with Dutch Empire slaves. It is a dish that usually includes spiced meat, olives, and raisins cooked in the leftover rind of a cheese ring.
2. Kabritu Stoba – a very common stew dish in this region that is made up of goat meat soaked in lime juice, butter, garlic, onions, tomatoes, vinegar, jalapenos, beef stock, and paprika. This stew pairs well with funchi, a cornmeal side dish that is similar to polenta.
3. Pastechi – this is the Caribbean version of an empanada. It is a pastry dough that is usually filled with beef, fish, chicken, or ham. The meat of choice is mixed with raisins, nutmeg, or cumin and then the pastry is fried.
4. Piska – fresh fish. Some of the best fresh fish like conch, grouper, snapper, or wahoo may be the catch of the day in the local restaurants. Enjoy the fish with funchi or rice.
5. Pepper Sauce – each island has its own pepper sauce variation, but spicy food lovers will enjoy the variety. In Aruba and Curaçao, try the papaya hot sauce. And in Bonaire, you will want to try the pika siboyo that is made of onions and peppers marinated in vinegar.
6. Kokada – satisfy your sweet tooth with coconut candy that is a favorite in the ABC islands.
So, which dish do you have at the top of your list to try on your next vacation to the Southern Caribbean islands?
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