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Nov 2, 2013 01:15 PM

School me on Trinidadian food, please!

I just moved back to NY (Brooklyn) and by lucky circumstances find myself walking distance to Ali's Trinidad Roti Shop.

It took one visit and I am totally addicted. The actual bread part of the roti is out of sight. The elasticity, the fragrance. So fantastic.

But I know almost nothing about Trinidadian food in reminds me of Singaporean food because of the Indian influence.

Can someone give me an intro...and point me to their favorite Trinidadian goodies?

Thanks in advance!

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  1. You might get more replies to your general question on the general board. And definitely post on Outer Boroughs board for all the places in Brooklyn.

    In manhattan I like the doubles available at Trini Paki Boys cart. Definitely get both tamarind and hot sauce. They also have bake & shark but I've never had it.

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    1. re: LNG212

      @ LNG212 -- Thanks for the heads up. I think the moderators just moved this ;-)

      1. re: chloehk

        Good luck. Trini food is great. Be aware if you aren't already that Trini hot pepper sauce is really really hot! I also live shado beni (sp?) sauce but don't know where to recommend you get that since my sister makes it for us.

    2. I went to ALI ROTI after finding DAVID BRISKET closed a minute before I arrived ... ALI was out of most things because this was just after the W.I. festival on NOSTRAND around labor day, so I didnt get to analyze too many items.

      The ROTI I had was pretty good but frankly by fav item was the PEANUT PUNCH. AA DOUBLE SHOP right near there is also worth checking out ... ultra cheap.

      Yeah, I can see what you are getting at with the SIN comparison.

      During NYC site visits, I sometimes switch from the A to the C train there and in between run out and grab a snack. Although the first time, due to a miscommunication, I ended up walking from there to Grand Army Plaza with and 80lbs of stuff -- which sucked in the heat -- but I did find a number of interesting snacking places on the way.

      1. The nearby A&A Bake & Doubles is also good for doubles. Be sure to get it with tamarind and pepper.

        In fact, my usual order at Ali's is a "potato and channa roti with tamarind and pepper" (ordered just like that) -- the combo of the sweet/sour tamarind sauce and spicy scotch bonnet hot sauce is outstanding. (Channa is just chickpeas.)

        Wash it down with a Peardrax (but avoid Cydrax unless you like carbonated apple vinegar).

        1. Two big thumbs up on A&A Bake and Doubles.

          Now, try this stuff:
          -Curry goat roti "buss-up-shut" or regular roti.
          -Aloo pie with channa.
          -Saltfish bake.
          -Hit it with the spicy sauces and wash down with a couple of Carib beers.

          I like Ram's Roti...I think his new place is on Church near Nostrand. Take the 2 or 5 train to Church Avenue.

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          1. re: Mike R.

            Mike R, is this the same Ram's Roti that used to be on Church near Flatbush? I loved that place, though the deafening bass thunp used to make me a little crazy as waited for my food. They made awesome rotis and their veggie dishes were excellent.

          2. Just came across this posting, great info about the different foods as well as a shop in queens.
            The website its from is pretty awesome in and of itself too