Gastronomic tourism; Ode to the chow


pommecythere chow

What is chow?

Is it an undiscovered fruit ?

Or a meaning masked so well

….Marked so well

 On the hearts and taste buds of every Trinbagonian

Unremittingly being hidden like a secret

 Kept from the burgeoning taste buds of the international foodie

It is a requited victory to have championed such a taste

Such a unique flavor

 Such a prized possession…

 But the realest form of this bliss would be ..

The blessing and virtue of sharing this gift

The treasure of this tantalizing chow

… with everyone.


Chow originated in the exotic Caribbean isles of Trinidad and Tobago.  Locals use fruits that are near ripe and a series of spices, seasonings, salt and pepper for taste. It can be used as a quick snack or a condiment when serving meals. Please find below a recipe for chow.


2 mangoes (near ripe)

2 grains garlic

2 tbsp shadon beni

½ tsp salt

½ tbsp black pepper

½ tbsp crushed pepper (pepper flakes)

½ tbsp lime juice


  1. Wash, peel and cut mangoes into pieces
  2. Peel garlic and grate
  3. Add mango pieces and seeds to an empty dish
  4. Add grated garlic, shadon beni, salt, black pepper and crushed pepper
  5. Mix
  6. Taste
  7. Add more salt or pepper to suit taste.
  8. Serve


Any other fruit can be used in the same way.