When you travel to a new location, you want to ensure that the area has everything you need for your basic needs. You start by booking a spot to stay, but that also depends on the type of food they offer.
Not many restaurants offer halal food, but if you are looking to travel to the Bahamas, you would be happy to know that you are covered.
Halal, spelled as halaal, food is a term used to mean lawful or permitted. In the Islamic religion, the term defines life practices allowed for Muslims. So, halal foods are dishes and drinks that pass the Islamic dietary rules.
Generally, everything is permitted, except that which the Qur’an or an explicit Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad prohibits. In short, Muslims, under the Shari’ah law, can enjoy anything, from food to drinks, provided it is not haram.
What is Halal food?
Under Islamic Shari’ah law, everything is halal except:
Alcohol and all types of drugs
Blood, either flowing or congealed
Dead meat, which included animals not slaughtered as per the Islamic slaughtering rites
Swine and all its derivatives
So, what are these halal foods in the Bahamas, and where can you find them?
Halal food in the Bahamas
Halal food draws its ingredients from four broad sources: the plant, animal, and mineral kingdoms and some biotechnological developments. Fish, poultry, and sea foods are also permissible. Here is a list of the top Bahamian halal foods.
Red Conch Chowder
According to Islamic laws, everything non-carnivorous fish from the ocean is halal. Therefore, the red conch chowder makes a perfect start to the best halal food in The Bahamas.
This Caribbean dish is a popular dish, which means you can find it in most restaurants. The dish comprises a conch pounded with a hammer to tenderize, celery, green onions, hot peppers, tomatoes and tomato paste, beans, herbs, spices, and potatoes.
Most chefs bring the mixture to a boil until the potatoes are tender and all the flavors blend. The broth is usually light, but when left overnight, it thickens because of the starch from the potatoes.
In the Bahamas, you can get your serving of the best red conch chowder from Queen Conch or Sammy’s Place along Albury Avenue.
Souse is a typical breakfast dish in the Bahamas. You can pair the meal with some cake, johnny bread, or grits on the side. The halal version of this meal only uses chicken and no swine products.
To prepare chicken souse, chicken wings are boiled and then drained. The clear broth is then set aside, while the chicken is boiled again with peeled and cubed potatoes. At the same time, goat pepper, allspice, and onions are added.
When the potatoes are almost done, cubed celery is added before some fresh lime juice is added to the soup.
You can eat some chicken souce for breakfast, lunch or dinner. When taken for lunch, rice is an excellent accompaniment to the dish.
Beverly’s Kitchen, Tasty Caribbean Delights, and Nesbitt’s Delacorte Restaurants are good places to find delicious chicken souse. Mcintosh Restaurant & Bakery is another excellent place to find delightful chicken souse.
Fire engine, or as it is locally known, steamed corned beef, is a traditional Bahamian dish taken for breakfast. The ingredients are cooked over medium heat on a large frying pan. The process involves constant stirring, after which most food joints serve it alongside some hot grits or rice.
Although it is unfailingly delicious, the ingredients used to prepare fire trucks are relatively simple. There include corned beef, tomato paste, ripe and juicy tomatoes, celery, thyme, bell peppers, and onions. Most chefs add lots of black pepper, salts, and oil for seasoning. If you need it spicier, goat pepper can be used to elevate the level of heat on the dish.
The Bahamian fire truck is a typical food near construction sites. This would be because the meal keeps the price low while filling you until you have your next meal. The Cricket Club and Bahamian Cookin’ are just a few places with the best fire engine breakfasts in the capital of The Bahamas. Twin Brothers is another excellent spot.
Conch salad is the favorite comfort food in the Bahamas. It is flavorful, colorful, and, most importantly, light and healthy.
The key ingredient is conch. Other components include bell peppers, onions, goat pepper, orange juice, lime, and finely chopped tomatoes. If you find a tropical conch salad, it may consist of apples, pineapples, or mangoes.
Conch salad pairs well with sweet milk, coconut water, and ice.
You can find the best conch salads at Stuart Conch salad stand, the Twin Brothers, Billy Joe’s on the Beach, and Oh Andros.
Conch fritters are the national dish of the Bahamas. Therefore, you can find the dish easily all over the islands. The dish consists of pounded conch meat, bell peppers, tomatoes, onions, and celery. However, some chefs will add a touch of their spicing to keep their dishes unique.
Due to the scarcity of conch meat, many chefs combine it with vegetables. So, they dice the meat into tiny pieces and mix it with vegetables. The combination is then fried until golden brown and crispy.
Most restaurants then serve these conch fritters with Bahamian-style dipping sauce. The sauce contains mayo, ketchup, hot sauce, lime juice, salt, and pepper.
You can find the best conch fritters at Twin Brothers, Lukka Kairi Restaurant, Joe’s Conch Shack, or Billy Joe’s on the Beach.
The Bahamas is an excellent travel destination for all people. Also, it welcomes Muslims by offering a wide range of halal food. So, for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, countless restaurants in the nation’s capital, Nassau, and other regions serve just what you need to give you the best Caribbean dining experience while observing Islamic dietary laws.