written by
Norman Hart

Here’s what is considered to be the most popular traditional dishes that Antigua and Barbuda has to offer. Bun and cheese is a popular breakfast. The highlight of this dish is the Antigua raisin bun, which is spliced open, buttered, and eaten with sliced cheese: hence the name Bun and cheese. Bun and cheese can also be eaten as a snack throughout the day. This dish is also eaten all year-round, unlike in some of the other Caribbean countries where people only make buns for Easter. Salt-fish (usually cod preserved with salt) is a staple in many pantries.

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A popular way to prepare this dish is by soaking or boiling the fish to remove the salt, then deboning and flaking it. The fish is then cooked with onions, tomatoes, garlic, and other veggies. Chop up is a soft mash of boiled, chopped-up vegetables, namely callaloo, eggplants, and okra. Chop up by itself is vegetarian friendly, while the combo of salt-fish and chop up is usually served alongside butter bread, Johnny cakes, mashed cassava, and other carb-rich breakfast staples. These balls of kneaded, deep-fried goodness are another staple. Crunchy and golden on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside, Johnny Cakes are vegetarian-friendly, though they are usually served with meaty sides at breakfast time.

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While in some Caribbean islands, this dish is referred to as fried dumplings and is made large enough to be spliced open and stuffed, The portion sizes are generous as the smaller the Johnny Cakes, the more you can expect to get on your plate. These floury balls of deep-fried dough are sometimes even available at outdoor food stalls that sell barbecue, soups, and other local foods.  Rice pudding, this dish is not a pudding at all in the classical sense of the word. Rather, black pudding is a sausage that is made of special herbs and spices along with blood and, optionally, rice and/or potatoes, all encased in animal intestines, usually cow, pig or goat.The dish is very popular with tourists. This delicacy is extremely appetizing and it can be found throughout the Caribbean under many different names. Goat water is one of the most iconic soups found in the Caribbean region, Often described as a well-seasoned, meat-rich dish, it contains a light broth that is extremely flavourful. Be sure to try any of the above dishes and see how amazing Caribbean food is….