Explore Haitian Dishes: Djon Djon, Black Rice, Griot, Akra

LA CAYE, a Haitian restaurant in the Downtown Brooklyn area in New York City serves some of my  favorite Haitian dishes. 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 in general. For black rice recipes, check out “Everything Haitian” and “Kreyol cuisine”





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.

éAkra 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

Griot and Akra

Haitian dishes are very flavorful. However, the smell and taste are unique to the Haitian Culture. Therefore, only a Haitian can prepare an authentic Haitian meal. New York City 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



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2 thoughts on “Explore Haitian Dishes: Djon Djon, Black Rice, Griot, Akra”

  1. These are some some very unattractive looking food. But i guess they taste good. I Have never had Haitian food. But this post is persuading me to be interested in trying.

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