Food & Drink in the Guianas
Food & Drink in Guyana
You might be wondering – what food do people eat in Guyana?
Guyanese food is very diverse, reflecting the ethnic diversity of the country and is quite different from elsewhere in South America. It includes elements of East Indian, Creole, Amerindian, African, Portuguese, European and Chinese cuisine.
Caribbean dishes include cook-up rice served with fry fish and ground provisions – this refers to root vegetables that were grown by slaves in communal grounds on plantations.
Cassava bread is a staple of the Amerindian communities.
Curries are popular and can be made with seafood, chicken, goat, duck and lamb.
Metamgee is a dish made from dumplings, and root vegetables cooked with coconut.
Bake is a deep-fried bread.
Pepperpot is a common dish made of stewed meat flavored with cassava and spices like cinnamon and chiles.
The country produces excellent rum and distillery tours are possible. Everywhere you go, you’re likely to find tropical fruits and juices.
Georgetown has some good restaurants including the Backyard Cafe whose chef runs food and market tours too. There are also good Indian restaurants in Guyana’s capital.