Creole cuisine, amazing flavors from Seychelles Islands
Creole cuisine is famous for the inviting aromas, such as the varieties of curry, coriander, tamarind, ginger or lemon grass. Usually, these are found in recipes involving chicken and fish meat. The combination of these flavors and how the dish is cooked give birth to an explosion of tastes. That will surely impress you and need to be added to your experience in Seychelles.
Restaurants from the islands have complex menus, you have access to all the creole cuisines, and depending on the location the prices can range from expensive to medium. Marie Antoinette is one that deserves mention. It can be found on Mahé Island and it’s one of the oldest restaurants on the island. If you are looking for a low budget meal, fast foods can satisfy your requirement, and you can choose from different creole tasty menus.
A special traditional creole cuisine dish is octopus curry, octopus cooked with curry and coconut milk. This dish has a delicious taste! If you are not a fan of octopus, then you can try a similar alternative like chicken curry alongside with saffron rice.
One of the dishes that impressed me was the Shark chutney. Practically, it’s shark meat cooked under pressure and served with rice and fresh mango salad. You really need to try it.
However, nothing compares to that feeling when the food is prepared in front of you, naturally outdoor by locals. On the island of La Digue, Anse Source D’Argent, you can meet the people from Fruita Cabana almost every day.
They are a team of people that offer fresh fruit juices chosen and made in front of you and, my advice is that you need to try a BBQ fish. It’s freshly brought from the ocean, embalmed with garlic and saffron plus some extra secret ingredients used in creole cuisine. The taste is amazing, it has that smoked aroma combined with creole flavors that will blow your mind. If you happen to meet Jean Luc, don’t hesitate to taste a grilled fish made by him. He is a skillful chef and a very friendly person.
We also had the chance to be invited by a local friend, Ganesh, at his parents’ home. His father picked a spot for the grill under a palm tree in the garden. The fish, which is almost an everyday agenda, was chosen by Ganesh’s father. He particularly chose a healthy one for us, which was prepared in a spicy mix of saffron, ginger, lemon juice and, of course, chilly. It was a wonderful experience, with all of us standing around the fire under the palm tree and each with a bottle of beer in hands. Everything went well with rice, prepared by his mother, Mrs. Elisabeth.
Do not forget to try the bat, which is slightly rare in restaurants on the islands and is considered a delicacy in the creole cuisine. Marie Antoinette is a restaurant from Mahé Island that can satisfy your curiosity.
Also, you can try Ladob Banana, a very delicious dessert that is prepared from cooked ripe plantain, along with coconut milk, sugar and vanilla flavors.
I can say palm tree wine is also part of the local cuisine. You can find this drink for sale directly from the locals. I bought one bottle at the beach from Beau Vallon, the area with street food.
Play with local flavors
If you have access to a grill or a kitchen and you feel passionate about cooking. You can try to play with local flavors make your dinner special and unique. You can find fish in Victoria market. And if you are lucky to hear a blowing conch by fishermen, then that means they sell fresh fish and at very good prices also, we bought 7 fishes at the price of 100 rupees.
In conclusion, there are many ways to experience the creole cuisine. So whatever tastes and preferences you have when it comes to food, just let yourself be carried away by this amazing flavors that you may taste once in a lifetime.