“Tasty Haitian food, set inside a lovely Haitian Restaurant”
Djon Djon is famously called Black Rice. It is a native dish of Haiti and is usually made with shrimp and soft crabs. However, there are vegetarian options of the dish.
The black mushrooms are what give the rice dish it’s exotic black color. However, the black rice picture below does not have seafood and therefore is ideal for vegetarians.
Legume’ is a vegetable stew. The main ingredients are: egg plant, carrots, cabbage, sweet peppers, lima beans and Soft crab and /or some form of red meat. However, the one I ordered was vegetarian. For the traditional Legume recipe check out “My Haitian Kitchen” blog for this and more recipes.
Griot or fried pork is served at many Haitian restaurants and events. In addition, Griot and fried green plantain are like a horse and carriage, you cant have one without the other. Haitians will most often serve home-cooked fried green plantains as a side dish.
Akra is fried coco root vegetable that is grated, shaped into a patty and fried. However, eating Akra for the first time reminds me of eating hash brown potatoes that has been deep fried.
Check out this recipe at haitian-recipes.com
Other Haitian Favorites
Fried Green Plantain
At most Haitian parties or Sunday diner, you will find fried green plantains. They are one of my absolute favorites.
Haitian Sós Pwa
Another popular Haitian dish is the Sauce Pois, a pureed black bean sauce that is most often served with rice.
The dish is also spelled Sós Pwa Nwa and Sós Pwa Wóuj. But whatever the spelling, it does not take away from how much the dish is flavorful.
Haitian dishes are very flavorful. However, the smell and taste are unique to the Haitian Culture. Therefore, only Haitians can prepare an authentic Haitian meal. New York City, especially Brooklyn, is the melting pot of many Caribbean Cuisines.
These are 2 other Restaurants that I recommend for authentic Haitian Cuisine:
Kreyole Flavor 1738 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11210
Dana Caribbean Cuisine 2026 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11210