The crew went to Porky Pete's house last week for a night of Jamaican food. Coming from Jamaican lineage, I was eager to see what our boy could do. I was not disappointed, Bob Marley himself would have been proud!
Jamaican Beef Patties:
There's a severe lack of good patties here in NYC (well in Manhattan anyway, I'm too lazy to go to the outer boroughs), I stock up on them every time I go to Florida & store them in the freezer (not quite the best), so I was excited to having some homemade patties. They were spicy, but not enough to kill you & the crust was really delicious.
Now you're talking, I was really looking forward to this dish as I absolutely love conch. Pete fried these perfectly & the batter was great. They were very delicate and the conch was tender & flavorful. Most importantly of all, they weren't greasy at all.
Fiery Jamaican Jerk Chicken:
I'm such a wuss when it comes to hot food, but these were not bad at all. The jerk seasoning was delicious. I was hoping to bring some Dragon Stout which would have gone great with the entire meal, but Red Stripe served us fine.
Curried Goat & Rice and Peas:
Hell yeah. This is the one dish that totally sums up Jamaica (in my mind). The goat was beautifully colored, fragrant, slightly spicy & above all, fucking delish! Just the smell of the curry is enough to get me salivating (Pavlov's Dogs style!)
Saturated Rum Cake:
oh Lordy! There was so much rum in this dish that I couldn't taste the cake! I took a few bites & was well & truly wasted!