British colonial eyes turned to India and soon hundreds of Indians seeking their fortune piled onto the sailing ships to make their way to the Caribbean, primarily Trinidad and Guyana. Most of the Indian immigrants remained in these islands and make up almost half the population in Trinidad and Guyana. With the Indians came the curries, “talkaries” and spices like cumin, coriander and masala and delicious ways to prepare goat, duck, and vegetables.
Syrian and Lebanese people, fleeing the turmoil in their homelands, also made their way to some of these islands, bringing hummus, tabbouleh, and kibbies among others. Cantonese and Szechuan style Chinese food are also part of the Caribbean smorgasbord. Though these ethnic groups are less than 5% of the overall population, you can find a few Chinese restaurants in almost every town in the larger islands.
Quite the heritage, and what a culinary feast awaits you!