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 general...it 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!
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.
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.
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).
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.
-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.
Great recommendations on this thread, I'm eager to try them out. My go-to place for doubles is De Hot Pot in Prospect Lefferts (1127 Washington, in the triangle where Washington and Flatbush converge). When I can, I wash them down with their outstanding housemade sorrel (they've been out a few times, forcing me to drink ginger beer instead). They also do roti (good but not as good as their doubles, in my opinion) and have a wide selection of various vegetable sides and stewy-type dishes. But I generally end up getting doubles, just because they're so good: I'm in a bit of a rut in that regard. Oh, and the people who run the place are extremely nice.
Another place to check out in the same neighborhood is Allan's Bakery,1109 Nostrand (at the corner of Maple). You can't miss it: you'll start smelling sugary, cinnamony baking smells a block away. I started out with their currant rolls, but then discovered coconut rolls, and there's been no going back. Both are strudel-type logs, generously sliced, and bulging with filling. In the case of the coconut roll, the filling is like coconut marzipan, with an almost floral flavor that keeps it from being cloying. (Warning: there is always a line, but it moves fast.)
I'd love to see more recs - one of my favorite dishes when I traveled to Trinidad and Tobago was buljol, shredded saltfish with peppers, onions and spices, served with bake for breakfast. Is that the same as the saltfish bake mentioned here? Any good Brooklyn spots for that?