Six local dishes you should try
Antigua & Barbuda’s traditional dishes will amaze you with the culture bursting through the flavours and textures.
Here is a list of 6 local dishes that you should try when you are visiting:
Fungee consists of boiled yellow cornmeal and okra, similar to polenta, and it is a side dish to a number of soups, stews and meats. It is commonly served with stewed saltfish, stewed red herring or shad coated in cornmeal and fried. One of the most popular pairings is Fungee and Pepperpot, which is the national dish of Antigua and Barbuda.
Pepperpot is a stew of meat and vegetables bursting with flavours, not to be confused with the dish of the same name that originates from Guyana. This pepperpot usually contains spinach, okra, eggplant, squash, peas, dumplings and meats such as salted pork, beef, and chicken. The dish is fairly versatile and can be easily adjusted for your dietary needs.
Ducana is a sweet dumpling is made from grated sweet potatoes, grated coconut, sugar, flour, and spices. The batter is cooked traditionally in banana leaves submerged in boiling water, similar to how a tamale is cooked. Beautifully paired with stewed saltfish and chop-up.
Saltfish and Chop-Up is a lovely duo of carefully prepared cod fish and a mixture of mashed, boiled eggplant, spinach, and okra.
Fried dumplings are normally called journey cakes, bakes or Johnny cakes. Pair them with saltfish, stewed corned beef, or any savoury plate including barbecued chicken and fried fish. Or you can simply enjoy them by themselves!
Grilled Barbudan Lobster – fresh Barbudan delicious lobster is seasoned and grilled to perfection for you right on one of the most stunning beaches! Lemon-garlic butter compliments the lobster and the tasty meal goes well with rice and peas, French fries, and garden salad.