Trinidad style eggrolls, water coconuts, rain, rain, oh and more rain

Our bid to go out this weekend and see more of the island was severely hampered by stormy weather. Initially, after driving into Port of Spain on Friday, this is what things looked like….

Port of Spain, Trinidad – JoAnn Ryan

Not too bad although if you look closely you can see a few droplets. No big deal.

However, soon thereafter it began to look like this:

After that, the storm came in so fast and gave such a beating that we got to see what Port of Spain looks like when it gets to flooding. It’s not too cool. So engrossed we became in getting out of the city and back home that I didn’t even think about taking any more photos. I wish I had though, as it really was a sight to behold with cars on the side streets half under water and what not.

This photo is from the local media: Severe weather causes flooding in city

We did get out and home safe but it proceeded to rain for most of the weekend. Oh well, there will be other opportunities. Watching the rain fall while safe at home is not a bad thing at all and believe it or not all that water in the streets will be gone in a matter of hours once the sun comes out. Miraculous although not exactly new to us. Florida is pretty much the same way. An occasional drenching here and a ruined pair of shoes there. Welcome to the tropics!

Earlier in the week we decided to try out eggrolls from a local Chinese place and got something that looked more like a chimichanga. Don’t ask for duck sauce or soy sauce, the answer will be utter disappointment. Everything is an adventure in Trinidad.

Much better was visiting Hosein’s Roti Shop where we tried out the Dhalpuri and Aloo (potato) Pie. Both were awesome but the potato pies were particularly magnificent! Soft, chewy, and delicious with a nice curry spice.

This is the same roti shop that I linked to last week: Celebrating Divali in Trinidad. In case you don’t feel like clicking back, here it is again: Chef Jason x S. Hosein Roti – Buss Up Shot, Pepper Roti, & Dhalpuri Roti.

I just love watching them make the roti!

Lastly, Andy brought home some fresh coconuts. He calls them water coconuts as they are too young to have solid coconut meat. The coconut water was delicious and refreshing but the jelly stuff was a little too slimy for me. I’m sure it would have been great in a recipe though. Will have to try that some time.

This is what’s happening in my neck of the woods. Hope everyone is doing well!

Young coconuts in Trinidad – JoAnn Ryan

19 thoughts on “Trinidad style eggrolls, water coconuts, rain, rain, oh and more rain

  1. Oh gosh gurl, ah want to come home!!!! Yuh make meh hungry, thirsty, home sick and everything in one shot!!! Hosein’s is indeed the Roti place!! That buss up shut – oh gosh!!! And the aloo pies – oh gosh meh mouth watering – put some curry channa with tamarind sauce in that….. Coconut water and jelly is my thing too, I love jelly!!! Oh my goodness leh meh go from here!!! Ah cyah take it!!!! 😂😂

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    1. I know, it’s all so fun and yummy–even more so because it’s all so new to me. It’s an adventure and I’m looking forward to more! I think you said you visited recently, right?

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          1. Oh yes, especially at Christmas time…for all the excitement. It maybe different with all the current restrictions, but it’s just the best! Everything prepared and done home made from scratch… good!

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  2. Thanks for the pictorial essay on water coconuts, JoAnn! I had heard of the concept before, but this is the first time I saw it in practice. Obviously, coconuts, along with all other living things on the island, have come up with their own methods of dealing with a dousing.

    Your enthusiasm for potato pies is infectious. A homecoming of sorts, as potatoes got their start in South America, but eventually they made their way to the subcontinent for a flavor upgrade, and now they’ve found their way back again (more or less). And you were there to give them a proper homecoming.

    Your description of Trini rain/sun patterns does recall Florida conditions. Definitely a tropical/subtropical thing, that intensity. Flowing rain, then flowing sunshine, often within the same hour. Unlike Northern storms, which take three days to build, then another three to clear. In contrast, your storms zoom in, rage, then zoom out. Plus, they give you water coconuts.

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    1. It’s funny to think that I know so much about potatoes, given that I grew up in potato country, yet I never looked up the history of the potato before. Beyond knowing that it hails from the Americas it was interesting to read about how quickly potato fever caught on with the rest of the world. Thank you, Incas.

      Coconuts are pretty fascinating as well. Now that I have more time on my hands I will have to do more of my coconuts posts as they are quite fun and always popular with everyone. One of the most common questions to be found on the internet seems to be: “How does so much water get inside the coconut?” I’m curious about that myself!

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      1. Good question! I always assumed water was transferred via capillary action. In much the same way sap is distributed. Of course, I could be completely wrong about that.

        Looking forward to exploring this and other coconuts conundrums in future articles, JoAnn!

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  3. Better be safe than take photos!!!
    The roll looks awsome, is that the potato pie? Some days ago I just made Korean egg roll. I will present it in my blog soon.
    I could imagine that the “slimy” stuff of the coconut would be great in a curry.

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    1. That’s true about the curry. I’m sure that would be delicious. The roll in the photo is actually the egg roll/chimichanga thing. It wasn’t the best I’ve ever had. Making them from home might be a good idea. Will look forward to your Korean egg roll post.

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