Roti or "doubles" from Trinidad
These are amazing, I had them in Brooklyn and I want to share...
Imagine two slices of nan sandwiching chana marsala(chickpeas in a spicy tomato sauce) mango salsa and little Scotch Bonnet peppers all for a dollar. Can anyone tell me if this can be found in or around Philly?
They are called "doubles" but sometimes called roti. I think roti is the bread or nan like bread.
Ali's Roti Shop
1267 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11216-2017
Tel: (718) 783-0316
I have found a place that serves doubles @ 52nd and Walnut (actually Chancellor st.) called Brown Sugar bakery. Unfortunately the doubles are only served Wed. thur Sat. So I can't tell you if the are any good, but the place is clean and the man behind the counter was very nice and almost excited to help with any questions I had. $1.50 gets you a double!
Jamaican Jerk Hut on South Street has roti, as does Fatou & Fama I believe. I don't know for sure but I'd also bet that Caribbean Delight on South Street has roti. I tend to order the ox-tail at Caribbean places.
With regard to 'doubles', I thought that doubles were a kind of roti, and that all doubles were roti, but not all roti was a double. Wife and I were planning a trip to Trinidad and Tobago but our plans got changed, though not before I read up on the food scene.
My stepfather is Trinidadian, so I've eaten a lot of roti in my day, but I confess to never having heard of doubles. For me, roti has always been the unique type of wrap with some sort of curried mean inside (I usually go for beef because I don't like dealing with the bones in the chickone ones). He has family in Brooklyn and often brings them back when he goes up there for a visit.
I haven't been to Trinidad since I was a teen (in the early 80s), but understand that it's a bit more touristy now.
Tobaggo is a relaxed beach haven.
Another big dish in T&T is called palou (not sure about the spelling, but it's pronouced like paylal). It's a seasoned rice and chicken dish with pigeon peas in it.
Since about half of the population is at least partially of Indian decent, there is a heavy Indian influence on the cooking. Thus, all the curry.