Tuesday, February 22, 2011

What makes Jamaican food so popular?

Jamaican food is just simply Jamaican. For one our cuisine offers a new experience to others, which in and of itself holds an allure, but that is not enough to keep them coming back for more.
Our foods are well seasoned, spicy and always cooked to the bone (well done). Jamaicans have a passion for food and we enjoy food as a family or in company as much as possible.
In our culture one does not eat alone, it is frowned upon.
At gatherings for whatever reason, family reunions funeral,wedding, nine night,house warming, the tradition is that we "kill a goat" much akin to the bible tradition of killing the fatted calf. The mutton is then used to make curry goat (curried mutton), and mannish water (goat head soup).
Most of our foods have a certain threshold for spice that it cannot go below. If the food has too little spices or not enough salt, there will be complaints of the food being "too fresh". If the food is not cooked to perfection, meaning well done, whether meat or otherwise, there will be complaints that the food is " too raw".
It is this level of dedication to  perfection and pride that Jamaicans have in preparing their food that makes it so good. If we can't eat the food, then we wouldn't dare give it to another to consume.
Jamaicans take pride in giving the best of themselves and as of such our food is always 100% tasty.



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6 comments:

Sailor said...

I will surely try some Jamaican food when I visit there next time!

Tanya said...

Thank you Sailor, i assure you that you will definitely enjoy it.

Sarah Singh said...

I ate Ackee once raw and I didn't like it. I really wanna try Jamaican patties though, ours in Guyana aren't curried but I wanna visit Jamaica in two years or so. I love spicy food

Sarah Singh said...

The patties in guyana aren't curried and I wanna try the Jamaican patty, plus I totally love spicy foods. Ackee ain't my thing tho, meh na like it at all.

Tanya Lambert said...

Thanks for stopping by Sarah. I have never tried raw ackee before but I've heard good things about it.

Tanya Lambert said...

Thanks for stopping by Sarah. I have never tried raw ackee before but I've heard good things about it.