Top 25 Foods from Guyana (With Pictures!) - Chef's Pencil (2023)

Posted on

by Sonia Gossai

Categories:

  • South American Cuisine
Top 25 Foods from Guyana (With Pictures!) - Chef's Pencil (1)

Guyana, also known as the “land of many waters”, is the only English-speaking country in South America. This little country on the Amazon basin is a melting pot of cultures and traditions.

Guyana has a very vibrant history and was fought after by the Dutch and British. During this period, African slaves were brought here to work on the sugar plantations.

After the abolishment of slavery, indentured immigrants from India, China, and Portugal were shipped in, bringing with them their native dishes. The country’s first people, the Amerindians, also played a part in developing this unique cuisine.Together, this land of six races brings to the world food like no other nation on earth.

Let us jump right into the most delicious dishes you must try in Guyana.

1. Pepperpot

Top 25 Foods from Guyana (With Pictures!) - Chef's Pencil (2)

Pepperpot is the national dish of Guyana and celebrates the contribution of the nation’s first people.

It is a slow-cooked meat stew using beef, but some versions use mutton, pork or chicken. The meat is cooked with peppers, cinnamon, spices, and cassareep (a sauce made from cassava root (yucca) and a handful of other ingredients).

Soaking up the decadent stew with a piece of homemade bread is a great way to enjoy this dish, especially on Christmas morning.

2. Cassava Bread

Top 25 Foods from Guyana (With Pictures!) - Chef's Pencil (3)
(Video) 20 Comfort Foods From Around The World

Cassava bread is a crispy-thin flatbread made from grated cassava dried to a powder. The taste of cassava bread is like that of a rice cracker and it goes well with peanut butter or pieces of avocado as a fantastic snack.

3. Farine

Top 25 Foods from Guyana (With Pictures!) - Chef's Pencil (4)

Farine is made from cassava root flour and has the consistency of couscous. The taste is bland, similar to rice, and goes well with a delicious curry or spiced vegetables.

4. Metemgee

Top 25 Foods from Guyana (With Pictures!) - Chef's Pencil (5)

Metemgee is a hearty and thick soup bursting with the flavors of African influence.

This tasty dish involves boiling together vegetables and hearty starches such as plantain, yam, cassava, sweet potato, and others. The vegetables and starches are all combined with some meat in a coconut milk broth.

5. Cook up Rice

Top 25 Foods from Guyana (With Pictures!) - Chef's Pencil (6)

This blend of peas, rice, meat, and coconut milk is a heart-warming meal. Cook up is a highly customizable dish with many variations using different types of beans, peas, and meat.Cook-up with pepper sauce (blended pepper in lime juice or vinegar) on the side really gets your taste buds going.

6. Curry and Roti

Top 25 Foods from Guyana (With Pictures!) - Chef's Pencil (7)

This dish is of East Indian origin and uses meat such as chicken, fish, duck, shrimp, and crab.

The meat is cooked in a mixture of curry powder and masala (a blend of dry-roasted ground spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, nutmeg, and others). It simmers until the meat is tender and a thick gravy is left behind.

These infused pieces of meat in gravy are scooped up with either roti (a flaky flatbread), rice, or dhal puri (roti stuffed with seasoned yellow split peas ground up into a smooth paste).

7. Dhal

Top 25 Foods from Guyana (With Pictures!) - Chef's Pencil (8)

Dhal is a gravy dish made from boiling yellow split peas in water with garlic, pepper, and other spices. A swizzle stick is used to make the dhal smooth and then slightly burnt cumin and garlic are added for a hint of smokiness.

This flavorful gravy with rice or roti can be topped with any meat or vegetable dish.

8. Coconut Choka

Top 25 Foods from Guyana (With Pictures!) - Chef's Pencil (9)
(Video) Ultimate Food Hacks Compilation

Coconut choka is ground fire-roasted coconut seasoned with onion, garlic, and lots of pepper. It is enjoyed with rice and dhal and is quite a zesty meal.

Choka can also be made from roasted eggplant and tomatoes or fish, which are then mashed and seasoned with onion, garlic, pepper, and fresh herbs.

9. Seven Curry

Top 25 Foods from Guyana (With Pictures!) - Chef's Pencil (10)

“Seven curry” reflects the flavors of India and is a meal eaten at Hindu religious functions.

The seven curries are potato, channa (chickpeas), eggplant, eddoes (similar to taro), pumpkin, spinach, and katahar (a type of breadnut). This finger-licking meal includes the curries, rice, dhal, and chutney (a spicy condiment from cooked green mango and pepper) in a giant water lily leaf. It is usually eaten using the fingers rather than a spoon.

10. Bake and Saltfish

Top 25 Foods from Guyana (With Pictures!) - Chef's Pencil (11)

Bake and saltfish is a typical breakfast meal and consists of fried dough and saltfish. The dough puffs up as it is fried in oil for a crispy outer shell and a pillowy-soft hollow inside.

11. Black or White Pudding with Sour

Top 25 Foods from Guyana (With Pictures!) - Chef's Pencil (12)

This is a direct influence of the British and Irish. Black pudding is a blood sausage with rice, flavored with fresh herbs and other seasonings, stuffed into the intestines of a sheep or cow.

White pudding contains all the ingredients of black pudding except the blood. Dipping pieces of the “pudding” in sour (a local condiment made with mango or tamarind) elevates the dish to a whole different level.

12. Garlic Pork

Top 25 Foods from Guyana (With Pictures!) - Chef's Pencil (13)

This Portuguese pickled meat dish is made from chopped pieces of succulent pork seasoned with large amounts of garlic, pepper, and fresh herbs.

The meat sits in brine for up to 4 days to pickle before cooking in its fat until brown and tender. It goes best with homemade bread and is popular during the Christmas season.

Top 25 Foods from Guyana (With Pictures!) - Chef's Pencil (14)

This dish has European origins and consists of chicken feet. Other variations include the ears, feet, knuckles, and shoulder of a pig, or the heel of a cow and the head, which becomes gelatinous when cooked.

The cooked meat or trimmings are usually soaked in a brine made of water, lime juice, cucumbers, hot pepper, salt, and specially prepared seasonings.

(Video) Behind the Scenes at 5 Top Candy Factories | UNWRAPPED | Food Network

14. Black Cake

Top 25 Foods from Guyana (With Pictures!) - Chef's Pencil (15)

Black cake is a rum-soaked fruit cake that is popular at Christma time and special events.

This sinful treat closely resembles a chocolate cake but do not be fooled. The dark color is thanks to the bits of fruit heavily soaked in red wine and dark rum.

15. Fried Rice

Top 25 Foods from Guyana (With Pictures!) - Chef's Pencil (16)

Guyanese fried rice is a medley of ingredients such as meat, eggs, vegetables or seafood. It closely imitates the Chinese fried rice but with a West Indian twist of using Chinese Five Spice (a blend of cinnamon, fennel, cloves, star anise, and Szechuan peppercorns).

This gives Guyanese fried rice its distinct flavor.

16. Chowmein

Top 25 Foods from Guyana (With Pictures!) - Chef's Pencil (17)

With influences from the Chinese, Guyanese chow mein is a mix of noodles, chopped up veggies, meat, and sauces of your choice fried in oil.

Whilst hot, this food tickles the taste buds with the amazing taste of marinated meat and sauces including soy, cassareep, and others.

17. Wild Meat

Top 25 Foods from Guyana (With Pictures!) - Chef's Pencil (18)

Wild meat is legally sold in Guyana so it is quite usual to eat various wild animals.

But it’s only legal to hunt certain wild animals such as Labba (Cuniculus paca), Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris), Peccary (Tayassu pecari) and Iguana. These exotic meats are consumed either in a curry or stew .

18. Pholourie

Top 25 Foods from Guyana (With Pictures!) - Chef's Pencil (19)

Pholourie is a crispy fritter made by frying balls of spicy yellow split pea dough. Served with a side of sour, it is a mouth-watering snack for when you’re on the go.

19. Eggball

Eggball is prepared by covering a boiled egg in a mix of boiled and mashed cassava, raw egg, and spices, and then frying it. Just like pholourie, a side of sour makes for a filling and flavorsome snack.

(Video) Street Food in Ghana - GIANT CHOP-BAR LUNCH and West African Food Tour in Accra!

20. Plantain Chips

Top 25 Foods from Guyana (With Pictures!) - Chef's Pencil (21)

The plantain is cut into numerous round or long thin pieces, which are then deep-fried to give you a delightfully crunchy snack. Much like chips and dip in other parts of the world, plantain chips pair well with sour.

Top 25 Foods from Guyana (With Pictures!) - Chef's Pencil (22)

Chicken foot does not include any part of a chicken. Rather, it is made from strips of spiced dough. Once fried, these strips, seasoned with flour, curry powder, and cumin, closely resemble chicken feet.

They are quite crunchy, but leaving them in the liquid-y sour for a while will soften them a tad.

22. Tennis Roll and Cheese

Top 25 Foods from Guyana (With Pictures!) - Chef's Pencil (23)

Tennis roll is very much like a dinner roll with a slice of extra sharp cheddar cheese in the centre. It is a snack that can be enjoyed any time of the day with a cool refreshing beverage or a hot cup of tea or coffee for a moment of bliss.

23. Fried Fish and Bread

Top 25 Foods from Guyana (With Pictures!) - Chef's Pencil (24)

Fried fish and bread is fried fish placed in a tennis roll with ketchup and pepper. The crunchiness of the fish against the softness of the bread makes it a much-loved sandwich.

24. Gun Oil

Top 25 Foods from Guyana (With Pictures!) - Chef's Pencil (25)

Gun oil is corn in fresh coconut milk seasoned with salt, pepper, and thyme and cooked until all the flavors are infused into the corn. It is then served with some of the “juice” for a powerful combination that is believed to give men strength and help them stay fertile.

25. Pastries and Patties

Top 25 Foods from Guyana (With Pictures!) - Chef's Pencil (26)

Pastries and patties are common snacks that feature fruit or meat fillings in a flaky dough and are great to enjoy anytime, anywhere.

The scrumptious options include Chinese cake (candied, mashed blackeye peas), pine tart (candied pine), cheese roll, chicken, beef, etc.

Guyanese food gives you a taste of almost every country in the world due to its first settlers, slavery, and indentured labor. The combination of different cultures adapting the local spices, meat, and vegetables takes you on an exciting culinary journey.

If you’re interested in the Guyanese cuisine, check out our rankings of the best desserts in Guyana and the best 20 Guyanese drinks.

Top 25 Foods from Guyana (With Pictures!) - Chef's Pencil (28)

Sonia Gossai

Based in Georgetown, Guyana's capital, Sonia Gossai is a freelance writer passionate about food, travel and writing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Guyana and has over 10 years of experience in the writing and editing field.

(Video) Gordon Ramsay's Top Basic Cooking Skills | Ultimate Cookery Course FULL EPISODE

FAQs

What is the most popular food in Guyana? ›

Food
  • Popular dishes include:
  • Curry: The people of Guyana enjoy making a wide variety of curries that include chicken, seafood, goat, lamb and duck.
  • Metamgee: This is a dumpling dish that is made from cornflour, yams, plantains, eddos root and cassava that is cooked in coconut milk and flavoured with grated coconut.

What's Guyana's national dish? ›

Pepperpot, a national dish of Guyana, is a delightful meat-based stew, rich with braised beef and infused with cinnamon, clove, thyme, and wiri wiri peppers, a small red pepper that's native to Guyana and is prized for its bright and spicy punch.

What is cooking in Guyana? ›

This book was the inspiration of the staff and students at the Carnegie School of Home Economics in Guyana's capital, Georgetown. It is a practical recipe book, and has been revised and updated to coincide with the Carnegie School's 70th anniversary celebrations.

What is the most popular snack in Guyana? ›

Pickled mango or mango with salt and pepper is one of the most popular fruit snacks in Guyana. Half-ripe or semi-ripe mangoes are typically sliced and sprinkled with salt and pepper depending on your preference.

Is Guyana a poor country? ›

Guyana is one of the poorest countries in South America. Thirty-five percent of the Guyanese population lives below the poverty line, with indigenous people being disproportionately affected. Urban slums and rural farming communities suffer from inadequate healthcare and poor educational facilities.

Is Guyanese food healthy? ›

In Guyana, it is cooked either stewed, curried, fried with chicken, pork, beef, and shrimp. It can be found all across Guyana. It is packed with numerous health benefits and is cholesterol-free.

What Guyana is known for? ›

It is the only English-speaking country of South America. Since Guyana gained its independence in 1966, the country's chief economic assets have been its natural resources, mainly its pristine rainforests, sugarcane plantations, rice fields, and bauxite and gold reserves.

What is egg bag Guyana? ›

Egg Bag Curry || Guyanese Delicacy- Episode 160 - YouTube

What is the name of Guyana national fruit? ›

In Guyana, the Golden Apple is the national fruit and in Suriname, the Milk fruit.

What language Guyana speak? ›

Guyana. Guyana is the only country in South America with English as the official language. This is a leftover byproduct of British colonization – Guyana gained independence in 1966. Although English is the official language, most Guyanese have Guyanese Creole as a first language.

What is the national drink in Guyana? ›

National drink of Guyana: Mauby.

What is Grenada's dish? ›

Oil down, Grenada's national dish, is a melting pot of its cultural history. This hearty stew is made of local veggies, salted meat and aromatic spices. It's a dish prepared cookout-style at social gatherings, where everyone brings something to put into the pot.

What is Tobago's dish? ›

Perhaps due to the diversity of its people and thus the food, Trinidad and Tobago has no official national dish. Crab and callaloo is popular and often prepared for Sunday lunch. Pelau, a rice-based dish, is also a standard dish in Trinidad and Tobago.

How do you make Guyanese snacks? ›

Sal Sev Recipe || Guyanese Chicken Foot || Cooking with Lisa - YouTube

How is Cassareep made? ›

Cassareep is made from the juice of the bitter cassava. The cassava is peeled, washed and grated, then the pulp is placed in a porous cloth and squeezed to extract the juice.

How do you make Guyanese Quinches? ›

Guyanese Quinches || Quenches #stayhome #quarantineeats

How much is $1 US in Guyana? ›

208.775 GYD

Who is Guyana richest person? ›

Forbes Burnham
Forbes Burnham OE
Preceded byCheddi Jagan
Succeeded byPtolemy Reid
Personal details
BornLinden Forbes Sampson Bunham20 February 1923 Kitty, Georgetown, East Coast Demerara, British Guiana
20 more rows

Has Guyana ever had snow? ›

There no actual winter with cold and snow in Guyana. Seasons are separated only by amount of precipitation. It is plenty of rains year-round. However beginning of winter is exceptionally rainy in coastal areas and in the capital.

What is Guyana best known for? ›

It is the only English-speaking country of South America. Since Guyana gained its independence in 1966, the country's chief economic assets have been its natural resources, mainly its pristine rainforests, sugarcane plantations, rice fields, and bauxite and gold reserves.

Is Guyanese food healthy? ›

In Guyana, it is cooked either stewed, curried, fried with chicken, pork, beef, and shrimp. It can be found all across Guyana. It is packed with numerous health benefits and is cholesterol-free.

What is the name of Guyana national fruit? ›

In Guyana, the Golden Apple is the national fruit and in Suriname, the Milk fruit.

What is the main export of Guyana? ›

Exports The top exports of Guyana are Crude Petroleum ($1.17B), Gold ($657M), Rice ($270M), Railway Cargo Containers ($220M), and Packaged Medicaments ($103M), exporting mostly to United States ($781M), Canada ($387M), Trinidad and Tobago ($282M), Jamaica ($180M), and United Arab Emirates ($179M).

Who owns Guyana? ›

It was governed as British Guiana, with a mostly plantation-style economy until the 1950s. It gained independence in 1966, and officially became a republic within the Commonwealth of Nations in 1970.
...
Guyana.
Co-operative Republic of Guyana
• Independence from the United Kingdom as Guyana26 May 1966
• Republic23 February 1970
51 more rows

What can you buy in Guyana? ›

Amerindian hammocks, bows and arrows, salad bowls, and pottery can be purchased, among many other items. Diamonds and gold are the finest items you can buy in Guyana. They are sold as jewelry designed with unique patterns which you can't find anywhere else in the world.

What are the six food groups in Guyana? ›

Food guide

The guide chosen by Guyana to represent its guidelines is a 'stew pot' representing six food groups: staples, vegetables, fruits, legumes, animal-source foods and fats.

What is Guyana's national animal? ›

The Official National Animal of Guyana. The jaguar is the national animal of Guyana. The strength and courage of this native big cat make it the perfect symbol to the small country. Guyana's coat of arms features two jaguars.

What language Guyana speak? ›

Guyana. Guyana is the only country in South America with English as the official language. This is a leftover byproduct of British colonization – Guyana gained independence in 1966. Although English is the official language, most Guyanese have Guyanese Creole as a first language.

What is Guyana national flower? ›

Victoria amazonica is a species of flowering plant, the second largest of the water lily family Nymphaeaceae. It is the national flower of Guyana. Its native regions are Guyana and tropical South America.

What is ackee called in Guyana? ›

The ackee, also known as ankye, achee, akee, ackee apple or ayee (Blighia sapida) is a fruit of the Sapindaceae (soapberry) family, as are the lychee and the longan. It is native to tropical West Africa.
...
Blighia sapida
Order:Sapindales
Family:Sapindaceae
Genus:Blighia
Species:B. sapida
14 more rows

What is a pear in Guyana? ›

Visit Guyana

Avocados 🥑 (Guyanese call it pear) are just one example of the many “just off the tree” fruits that you'll find in our fresh markets.

Will Guyana be rich? ›

The economy will grow 47% this year, according to a forecast from the International Monetary Fund. That's on top of 20% growth in 2021, and 43% in 2020. The country of 800,000 people, which borders Brazil and Venezuela, is being transformed by vast offshore oil deposits discovered in 2015 by Exxon Mobil Corp.

What fruits does Guyana export? ›

Guyana Exports of edible fruits, nuts, peel of citrus fruit, melons to Dominican RepublicValueYear
Coconuts, brazil nuts and cashew nuts, fresh or dry$5.87M2021
Citrus fruit, fresh or dried$402017
Fruit not specified elsewhere, fresh$3.44K2010

What religion is Guyana? ›

According to the country's 2012 census, 64 percent of the population is Christian, 25 percent Hindu, 7 percent Muslim (mainly Sunni), and less than 1 percent belongs to other religious groups. Groups that together constitute less than 1 percent of the population include Rastafarians and Baha'is.

Videos

1. 5 Delicious Fish Recipes With Gordon Ramsay
(Gordon Ramsay)
2. The Best Pizza In Naples | Best Of The Best
(Food Insider)
3. $1 VS $152 Filipino Lechon!! Manila’s Meat Masterpiece!!
(Best Ever Food Review Show)
4. What 23 Sandwiches Look Like Around The World
(Food Insider)
5. Food & Identity Workshop with Chef Bashir Munye
(Communal Lunch)
6. RARE Jamaican Food!! Cross-Country Jamaican Food Tour!! (Full Documentary)
(Best Ever Food Review Show)
Top Articles
Latest Posts
Article information

Author: Dong Thiel

Last Updated: 12/12/2022

Views: 6103

Rating: 4.9 / 5 (59 voted)

Reviews: 82% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Dong Thiel

Birthday: 2001-07-14

Address: 2865 Kasha Unions, West Corrinne, AK 05708-1071

Phone: +3512198379449

Job: Design Planner

Hobby: Graffiti, Foreign language learning, Gambling, Metalworking, Rowing, Sculling, Sewing

Introduction: My name is Dong Thiel, I am a brainy, happy, tasty, lively, splendid, talented, cooperative person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.