7 Trinidadian street foods that will make you get on a plane and visit

Trinidadian street foods offer a vibrant and diverse culinary experience that reflects the island’s rich cultural heritage. These popular snacks, such as doubles, bake and shark, and pholourie, are deeply rooted in Trinidad’s Indian, African, and Creole influences. 

Trini street food is sold by road vendors and at food stalls. These dishes are not only delicious but also authentically taste local flavors and cooking traditions. Whether you’re savoring the spicy chutneys or enjoying the savory and sweet combinations, Trinidadian street foods are a must-try for any food enthusiast.

1. Trinidadian Doubles

trinciti doubles

What are Doubles?

Doubles are a popular Trinbagonian street food consisting of two fried flatbreads (called “barra”) filled with curried chickpeas (channa). They are often topped with various sauces and condiments, such as tamarind, mango, cucumber, and pepper sauce.

How to Eat Doubles?

Doubles are typically eaten hot, using your hands. The flatbreads are folded around the chickpea filling and topped with condiments of choice. They can be enjoyed as a quick snack or breakfast.

Where to Buy Doubles?

One popular spot for buying doubles is Sauce Doubles at Curepe Junction, Southern Main Road, Curepe.

2. Trini Bake and Shark

A Bake and Shark with everything from Trinciti in Queens, NY

What is Bake and Shark?

Bake and Shark is a sandwich made from fried dough (bake) filled with seasoned and fried shark meat.

How to Eat Bake and Shark?

Eat it like a burger, topped with condiments such as lettuce, tomatoes, ketchup, mustard, garlic sauce, and pepper sauce.

Where to Buy Bake and Shark?

Richard’s Bake and Shark, Maracas Beach.

3. Trinidadian Aloo Pie

Trinidadian aloo pie from Trinciti

What is Aloo Pie?

Aloo Pie is a deep-fried pastry filled with spiced mashed potatoes.

How to Eat Aloo Pie?

Typically eaten hot, can be dipped in chutneys like tamarind or mango. You can also add meat.

Where to Buy Aloo Pie?

Street vendors and local food stalls across Trinidad.

4. Pholourie

What is Pholourie?

Pholourie are fried dough balls made from split pea flour and spices.

How to Eat Pholourie?

Dipped in chutneys, usually tamarind or mango.

Where to Buy Pholourie?

San Antonio Green Market, Santa Cruz, and various street vendors.

5. Saheena

Saheena, roll up type. Trinidadian snack. From street vendor on Grand Bazaar parking space.

What is Saheena?

Saheena are fried patties made from dasheen (taro) leaves mixed with split peas and flour.

How to Eat Saheena?

Served with chutneys, commonly mango or tamarind.

Where to Buy Saheena?

Vendor on O’Meara Road, Arima.

6. Baiganee

What is Baiganee?

Baiganee are slices of eggplant dipped in seasoned split pea batter and fried.

How to Eat Baiganee?

Eaten hot, typically with chutneys like mango or tamarind.

Where to Buy Baiganee?

Available from street vendors and food stalls across Trinidad.

7. Trini Kachori

What is Trinidadian Kachori?

Kachori are deep-fried pastries filled with a spiced mixture of ground split peas.

How to Eat Trini Kachori?

Eaten hot, often dipped in chutneys or sauces.

Where to Buy Trini Kachori?

Available from various street vendors and local markets