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Bake and Shark

Bake and Shark is a popular street food in Trinidad and Tobago. The islanders consider it the best beach food. If you are already a fan or simply a foodie, you will be pleased to know that this is an easy to prepare island specialty that can be enjoyed at anytime from anywhere. The bake (a fried bread) is a combination of flour, baking powder, salt, butter or oil, and water kneaded into a pliable dough. After setting aside to rise, the dough is divided into golf ball sizes and flattened into discs, then fried until inflated and slightly brown.The shark is skinned, deboned, and cut into 3 inch pieces before being washed with the juice of lime or lemons (vinegar is also an option). The shark pieces are then marinated for twenty minutes with grounded thyme, garlic, chive, salt, black pepper and few drops of freshly squeezed lime juice. The well-marinated fish pieces are dipped into an egg wash before rolled in breadcrumbs and fried until they are golden brown. The already fried fish is then placed on paper towels so that the excess oil can be absorbed.

The fried shark pieces are then placed in a slit made through the bake. The combination is often accompanied by an assortment of condiments like garlic and/or pepper sauce, mustard, ketchup, cilantro, tomatoes, lettuce, coleslaw, cucumbers, mango chutney, just to name a few. ‘Richards’ at Maracas Bay is one of the more popular bake and shark joints in Trinidad and Tobago. And if you would like to create this delicious dish in your own home, a variety of recipes are available online.

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