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

Eat Like A Bahamian: 4 Ways to Get Conched

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, drinking cold Kalik, and 4 ways of eating 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.”

Dining magic at Tung Po, Hong Kong North Point

If you’re in Hong Kong, one thing you should do is make reservations at Tung Po in North Point (北角) for a truly local dining experience. Reservations are especially recommended as the place is packed solid by 7pm.

Why should you care?

As a “dai pai dong” which has moved indoors into the Java Road Cooked Food Centre, Tung Po Kitchen has excellent fresh seafood, is recommended by many, and frequented by locals. The place opens for dinner between 530 and 545pm, and within an hour to two, the floor is full of people, the noise levels are so high it’s hard to hear the person in front of you, and the food keeps coming and coming and coming …

You should care, because this is a place where locals come to eat.

I care, because my sister had been to Tung Po before, and she satisfied my request to dine at this well-reviewed joint.

We decided to keep things “light” by ordering only the following four items:

•   black squid-ink noodle,
•   oyster omelette,
•   deep fried spicy prawns with garlic, and
•   soup with Chinese zucchini, green pea vermicelli, chinese mushroom, dried shrimp, and ginger.

Tung Po Restaurant, Java Road Cooked Food Centre, North Point, Hong Kong

655pm, and it’s already packed for dinner at Tung Po

Tung Po, Java Road Cooked Food Centre, North Point, Hong Kong

Signage for Tung Po Restaurant

Tung Po, Java Road Cooked Food Centre, North Point, Hong Kong

Black squid-ink noodle

Tung Po, Java Road Cooked Food Centre, North Point, Hong Kong

Oyster omelette

Tung Po, Java Road Cooked Food Centre, North Point, Hong Kong

Fried prawns with shredded garlic

Tung Po, Java Road Cooked Food Centre, North Point, Hong Kong

Soup with Chinese zucchini, green pea vermicelli, chinese mushroom, dried shrimp, ginger

Tung Po, Java Road Cooked Food Centre, North Point, Hong Kong

There’s me, there’s my sister

To reach Tung Po in North Point, take the MTR to North Point station on the Island line, follow the signage for exit A1, head up and out to street-level, walk across the street to the Java Road Municipal Services Building, go up to the 2nd floor, and look for signs to Tung Po Kitchen (東寶小館).

For more places to eat in Hong Kong, click here.

Disclosure: No Connection, Unpaid, My Own Opinions. I have not received any compensation for writing this content and I have no material connection to the brands, topics and/or products that are mentioned herein. My sister and I made the photos above on an iPhone and iPod Touch, respectively, on 22 June 2012. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-23Q.

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