Background KnowledgeHaitian cuisine originates from several culinary styles. It is influenced by Hispaniola, French, African, Spanish and Middle Eastern cuisine. Spices and Herbs are widely used along with peppers for flavoring food. The type of food eaten varies according to the time of day and also the type of event being celebrated.
Popular Haitian Dishes
Mayi MoulenIt is a corn meal porridge cooked with garlic, pepper, butter or margarine.
Bouillon is a hearty stew consisting of a variety of spices, potatoes, tomatoes and either goat meat or beef. Maggi Bouillon cubes are used to add and enhance the flavor of this stew.
Puole en SauceThis is a Haitian stewed chicken dish that is often served with rice.
|Bouillon and Poule en Sauce|
LegimLegim is a thick vegetable stew that consists of eggplant, cabbage, chayote, spinach and watercress. It is also flavored with epis*, onions, garlic and tomato paste.
*epis is a base for most Haitian dishes. It is a sauce made from cooked peppers, garlic and herbs.
PiklizThis is a spicy Haitian slaw or salad. It consitis of shredded cabbage, sliced peppers and grated
carrots. The vegetables are marinated in vinegar for about five days to enhance the flavor.
|Legim and Pikliz|
FrescoThis is a sweet frozen dessert made with fruit syrup usually sold on the streets of Haiti by vendors. It tends to attract bees because of the fruit syrup hence it's not a surprising sight to see a vendor surrounded by bees.
Pen PatatThis is a soft and sweet bread made using cinnamon, evaporated milk and sweet potato. It is often served cold.
|Fresco and Pen Patat|
Popular Haitian Beverages
Rhum BarbancourtRhum Barbancourt is a rum brand and a popular export of Haiti. It is also enjoyed by the locals.
CremasIt is also known as 'Kremas' in Ayisien. Cremas is made from creamed coconut, evaporated or sweet condensed milk and rum. Spices, vanilla extract and raisins are also added. It is served at special events and holidays or consumed along with a sweet pastry.
BeerIt is often served at festivals and parties. The most popular beer in Haiti is Prestige.
|Rhum Barbancourt, Cremas and Prestige beer|
Tropical JuicesFruit juices like guava, grapefruit, mango, orange and passion are widely enjoyed in Haiti.
Cola CourroneThis is a fruit champagne carbonated drink.
CoffeeHaitians enjoy drinking coffee. The most popular coffee brands are Rebo and Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee.
|Tropical juices, Cola Courrone and Rebo and Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee|
Additional Haitian Dishes and Beverages
TchakaThis is a stew consisting of hominy (dried maize kernels), beans, pumpkin and meat often pork. An interesting fact is that Tchaka is used as an offering to the Iwa spirits of Haitian Vodou.
GriyoThis is fried pork.
AkasanThis is a thick corn milkshake made using evaporated milk, sugar and corn flour.
|Tchaka, Griyo and Akasan|
We got the opportunity to enjoy Haitian food in class which you can view here.