Like other Caribbean islands, they have their own local dishes. Barbados is no different. Barbados’ national dish is called cou-cou and flying fish. Some of the local dishes in Barbados are:
Flying fish: it is a fish that most of the inhabitants of Barbados eat on a daily basis. Tourists are instantly hooked on this delicacy due to its unique taste. You can fry the flying fish, steam it, and even bake it. One of the most popular nightspots on the island to experience this local cuisine is Oistins, especially on Friday and Saturday nights.
Rum Cake / Big Cake – This cake also known as black cake contains alcohol, in particular our own local rum (Mount Gay Rum). Since the Barbadians are so fond of liquor, it’s no wonder they love this cake. You can eat this cake all year round, but it is traditionally eaten on Valentine’s Day and around the Christmas holidays.
Pudding and Souse – This is a one-of-a-kind dish that you must try. It is traditionally used on Saturdays and you will find that the locals also sell this dish alongside the supermarkets. The pudding is made from the intestines of the pig and is seasoned with many things to give it a unique flavor. Souse is boiled pork head or feet served cold with onions, peppers, etc. You could say it sounds disgusting, but trust us when we say it tastes great.
Sea Egg – This is a delicacy from the waters around Barbados. You would normally find people from the country consuming this rare delicacy. They are harvested in season, so when in Barbados you can check or ask a local fisherman if it is in season. There is a fish market literally just down the road from Bridgetown harbor (5 minute walk) where you can ask the locals about sea eggs.