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Eat Like A Bahamian: Four Ways to Get Conched

Watching Nicola make conch salad, Doc Sands, Potters Cay, Nassau, Bahamas

Watching Nicola make conch salad at Doc Sands, Potters Cay

I’m basking in the Bahamian sun, collecting rays and passing time on the warm white sand.

It’s not long before I’m learning how to eat like a Bahamian. I’m craving for conch, peas and rice, and cold Kalik beer.

The ubiquitous conch

Known widely as the national food, conch (pronounced “konk”) is a large salt-water mollusk with white flesh and a slight shade of pink. Like other mollusks, conch meat can be rubbery or chewy. The firm meat is often tenderized by mechanical pounding or by marinating in citrus juice. Four ways to eat conch are conch salad, conch fritters, cracked conch or fried conch sandwich, and conch curry.

Conch salad is prepared with diced conch, green and red peppers, onion, tomato, chilli peppers, and citrus juice. It’s the Bahamian version of ceviche, and on hot sultry days, this cool salad is a popular choice. Many conch stands will make and serve fresh conch salad on demand, on the spot.

Conch salad at Twin Brothers, Potters Cay

Conch salad: Twin Brothers, Potters Cay

Conch fritters are often consumed as a bar snack. Conch pieces mixed with tomato paste, cut up green and red peppers, and onions are molded with flour into little balls, then deep fried in oil. Freshly fried fritters may be eaten with a variety of sauces including a simple red hot sauce, a creamy cilantro tartar sauce, or a chipotle mayo.

Conch fritters at Twin Brothers, Potters Cay

Conch fritters: Twin Brothers, Potters Cay

Cracked conch (fried conch) is prepared similar to a breaded cutlet of veal, chicken, or pork. After cutting thin “filets” of conch, the portions are pounded thin, breaded, and fried. And thus, the Bahamian version of the seafood sandwich consists of fried conch in bread or burger buns with lettuce, tomato, onion, and a little mayo.

Cracked conch burger, Doc Sands, Potters Cay

Cracked conch burger: Doc Sands, Potters Cay

Conch curry is prepared by marinating and steaming conch to get the most flavour out of the meat, before mixing with curry powder, garlic, onions, peppers, carrots, tomato, coconut milk, salt, and pepper. A slow simmer squeezes out maximum flavours. The curry is typically served over Bahamaian peas and rice.

Caribbean conch curry with peas and rice and coleslaw, Nassau Yacht Club

Caribbean conch curry with peas and rice, coleslaw : Nassau Yacht Club

It’s not surprising there’s also conch chowder or conch soup. Other prepared variations of conch include steamed conch, cooked in Creole sauce served over rice, and seafood stews.

I dream of returning to the Bahamas for the blue skies, white sands, bottles of Kalik, and the conch.


Two Places To Go For Conch

•   Potter’s Cay Fish Shacks, for a street-food experience with Nassau residents.
•   Nassau Yacht Club, for club members who want A/C with their dining.

I made the photos above with a 4th-generation iPod Touch throughout May 2012 on my year-long journey around-the-world. A version of this post appeared on A Cook Not Mad’s “Honest Food Tales” series on 16 May 2014. The present modified version appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-4×7. My thanks to the Wilcox family who put up this traveling hobo and who taught him a thing or two about the truth of what it meant “to chill.”

Sprinkenhof, Kontorhausviertel, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Weltkulturerbe, Hamburg, Germany, fotoeins.com

Hamburg’s new UNESCO World Heritage Sites

On 5 July 2015, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee awarded new UNESCO World Heritage Site status to two historical districts in the north German port city of Hamburg: Speicherstadt (Warehouse District) and the Kontorhausviertel (Office District).

DW News:

The decision to make the “Speicherstadt” and the adjacent “Kontorhausviertel” World Heritage Sites came at a meeting of the United Nations organization in the German city of Bonn.

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee justified its choice by calling the sites a unique symbol of the rapid international growth of trade in the late 19th and early 20th century.

The “Speicherstadt,” constructed between 1885 and 1927, is considered to be the largest uniform collection of warehouses in the world. The “Kontorhausviertel” contains office buildings from the early 20th century, and is regarded as the first office-only district in Europe.

UNESCO World Heritage announcement:

Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District with Chilehaus (Germany) — Speicherstadt and the adjacent Kontorhaus district are two densely built urban areas in the centre of the port city of Hamburg.

Speicherstadt, originally developed on a group of narrow islands in the Elbe River between 1885 and 1927, was partly rebuilt from 1949 to 1967. It is one of the largest coherent historic ensembles of port warehouses in the world (300,000 m2). It includes 15 very large warehouse blocks as well as six ancillary buildings and a connecting network of short canals.

Adjacent to the modernist Chilehaus office building, the Kontorhaus district is an area of over five hectares featuring six very large office complexes built from the 1920s to the 1940s to house port-related businesses. The complex exemplifies the effects of the rapid growth in international trade in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Wandbereiterbrücke (Wandbereiter Bridge), Wandrahmsfleet canal, Speicherstadt, UNESCO World Heritage, Weltkulturerbe, Hamburg, Germany, fotoeins.com

Wandbereiter Bridge over Wandrahmsfleet canal, Speicherstadt (HL)

Hamburg Port Authority, Jungfernbruecke, Zollkanal, Speicherstadt, UNESCO World Heritage, Weltkulturerbe, Hamburg, Germany, fotoeins.com

Hamburg Port Authority, Speicherstadt (HL)

Chilehaus, Kontorhausviertel, UNESCO World Heritage, Weltkulturerbe, Hamburg, Germany, fotoeins.com
Chilehaus, Kontorhausviertel, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Weltkulturerbe, Hamburg, Germany, fotoeins.com

Chilehaus, Kontorhausviertel (HL)

How to Reach

Both are easily accessible with public transport: Hamburg’s HVV transport authority

•   Kontorhausviertel : U1 to Messberg or Steinstrasse station
•   Speicherstadt : U1 to Messberg station, U3 to Baumwall station, or U4 to Überseequartier station; bus 111 or bus M6

More on Hamburg

•   Germany’s urban G-E-M-S: Hamburg
•   An idyllic summer in Hamburg

With the Canon 450D (XSi) camera and the EF-S 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS kit-lens, I made the photos above in 2010 and 2011. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-6YD.

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