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Jamaican soul food

Jamaica’s traditional specialties made with heart

A mixture of flavors, spices and cooking techniques, with influences from all over the world, makes Jamaican soul food one-of-a-kind. Learn about our dishes, and what makes them special.

It has to be said that Jamaica has the tastiest street food. Around every corner there is a vendor with delicious traditional treats that make food on the go a delicacy.

The most common street food is jerk chicken and pork. Jerk is a way of cooking native to Jamaica, where meat is dry-rubbed or marinated with a hot spice mixture, making it tender and tasty.

A traditional jerk sauce is made of Scotch Bonnet peppers, allspice, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, onions, thyme, garlic and salt. The sauce is added to chicken, pork, shellfish or beef, which is barbecued on converted steel drums, or whatever else the locals can construct as a grill.

It is accompanied by breadfruit and fried dough; a truly irresistible Jamaican treat.

Jamaica Jerk Trail

Now with the launch of the Jerk Trail, visitors can have a taste of Jamaica, and the secret recipes we hold near and dear. The history of Jerk cuisine, along with its evolution from roadside stand to fine dining, makes for an interesting story. Come and explore it with us.