The idea for all participating members is to create a foreign dish with Surinamese ingredients. So I had to make sure I was at Bar South around 4 pm.
Now the participants had a stand outside where they sold there participating dishes to the public. This makes it an event, which gets the public also involved because they can taste the dishes as well and know what the jury is talking about. Beside it’s put cash in the pockets of the participants, which makes it a win-win situation for all parties.
I get to know my fellow jury members, who are a fun crowd, some with a cooking back ground, but most of them are foodies and know how to appreciate good food.
There is plenty paparazzi, they are all over the place and make lots of pictures, but where are the TV camera’s???
Anyway, we start with a chicken curry dish.
One of the most remarkable things I have noticed in Paramaribo is that almost all the meat in restaurants is Hallal. It seems that the Hallal butchers rule the market, however I don’t like that meat at all, the flavor of real meat is almost completely butchered out. Hallal is a Muslim religious way of handling their meat which means it is slaughtered under supervision of an imam ( a Muslim priest) They drain most of the blood out of the meat. The Jewish culture has a similar way of slaughtering their meat under supervision of the Rabbi, which makes their meat also fishy. I just don’t like that flavor, it makes the meat slightly raw tasting.
Long story to tell you, the curry was lovely, in my opinion too spicy, and the meat had a raw flavor to it.
Second was a person with 2 dishes, why 2 dishes because the represents 2 people. The tacos are flavorful, but the presentation was mediocre and the spices are not refined. The kwi kiw tostada how ever has a international gourmet look, it contains 3 native ingredients that touch me, which is sugar cane, kwi kwi which is a prehistoric kosher fish with the most exquisite flavor, served on yucca bread mixed with green herbs. Absolutely the bomb when you try this dish, simply an explosion of flavor, topped of with a dash of sour cream. I really love this dish because it’s one of a very high quality, culinary with a vey international look to it.
The next dish, really makes my stomach turn, it’s supposed to be an alligator shoarma, served with French fries, with lots of cold sweet sauces served on top. The alligator, was very well cooked and actually tasted something like fish and chicken, the way is was marinated and presented was not very appealing.
The hot dog served on a bun, was at first nothing special until you put your mouth into it. Lots of people in Paramaribo sell chicken sausage nowadays and I really have to tell you this one makes a difference, however much too spicy and in my opinion, it lacks creativity.
Creativity is something the last dish does not lacks, paella served with lots of meats and seafood, there is one made especially for me without shrimp, due to allergies, which is very much appreciated by me.
Sorry to say, but the rice is overcooked and is to soft, the spices and herbs in this dish are overkill, I have no idea what happened with the creator of this dish but he added too much spices. Another thing I never understood, is why this guy did not participate with his duck bapao, which is a soft steamed bun with crispy heavenly marinated duck with sweet and sour cucumber, an absolute killer dish which was available to the public earlier today! Why not go into battle with that dish? I don’t get it.
Anyway to me the Kwi-kwi tostada is an absolute winner and after the jury counted the score they did find out that this was the winning dish, ow, no…. what do I say, after deliberating if we were sure about this dish, yes this is our winning dish! Congrats to the winner!
It’s funny to see how flavors and opinions differ, the runner up was the chicken sausage, which in my opinion was far too spicy and lacked creativity, but an honest no 2.
Special thanks to Alan Tijseling who made this event possible, and for having me as a jury member!
Bon Apetito Fro Peggy With LOVE!