You see, when east met west, that is when Mauritius was born! If you are an avid food lover and love to try all the cuisines, look nowhere but here. They don’t call it paradise for no reason. Paradise for foodlovers? Oh hell yeah! Asian, Indian, Italian, African the melange of all countries is served on your plate. If your taste buds have started to tingle by this idea, there are a few noted local cuisines that you must not miss.
Alouda – Like we earlier mentioned, it is inspired from the Indian famous Falooda drink. Falooda is a very delicious and yummy beverage-dessert that is flavored with Rose syrup. Key ingredients are basil seeds, vermicelli , sweetened milk and ice cream. Alouda as it is being so lovingly known here has been serving from generations to generations really. From the smallest to the elderly, everyone is a fan! A refreshing and ultimate quench to your thirst on a hot summer day! The most preferential ones are being sold at the Central Market in Port Louis. Else you can still find a good glass of this anywhere around the island. And they are so mouth-wateringly creamy, topped with a dollop of ice cream, who in their sanity would ever say No?
Samosa – The eating habits of the Mauritians without doubt reflect the ethnic diversity of its people: Creole rougailles, Indian curries, Muslim bryanis, Chinese sweet-and-sour pork, French traditional dishes and so on! Another fascinating derivation from the Indian Subcontinent is Samosa. You can recognize the samosa immediately because of its triangle shape. The outside of the samosa is made of dough, filled with for example cheese, potato (vegetable version) or fish and are deep fried. Stop counting your calories, rather count your holidays! You can buy samosas on the street and at local and Indian restaurants. Another must-try local snack!
Gateaux Piment (Chili Cakes) – In Mauritius you can consider the deep fried snacks as the real Mauritian street food. We can find different kinds of them and we found out that the Gateaux Piment or Chilli Cakes if literally translated, is king of snacks here! These are an ideal snack for an afternoon tea or even served before dinner, occasions or if you are just hanging out! These crisp, crunchy poppers are quite a bit like falafel but what is most exciting about these chili poppers is their intense, fresh flavor. Each bite reveals earthy nips of cumin seed, springy green onion and cilantro sprigs, all tossed around in a golden turmeric glow. Talk about epic comfort food!
A Warning. You will certainly be left wanting for more! Bon Apetit!
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