Food Traveler Magazine Winter 2016 - Page 92

the frugal foodie MIAMI, FL Head way south, to Miami, Florida, for food that tells a story: the story of true Jamaica, that is. The Jamaica Kitchen is quaint and rich with history, where its people pour love and courage into their daily-made soups and stews, and even add a little Chinese flavor, such as their version of Chinese roast chicken or suey mein. If you’re in the mood for authentic Jamaican cuisine, try the curry goat. Served with rice, fresh veggies or salad, and fried sweet plantains, this meal is both easy on the eyes and the bank, coming in at only $10.50 (lunch portion). The most traditional route a foodie could take here is perhaps to order the ackee and saltfish, which is not only delicious, but is a Jamaican favorite, as well. First, the ackee fruit is prepared by breaking the skin to reveal a very soft, porous fleshy inner portion. This flesh is then boiled and paired with salt cod, for a texture and flavor match that is to die for. The ackee fruit is not juicy or sweet in taste (in fact it is quite mild), so the salty fish paired with the bread-like texture of the fruit just makes sense. This classic dish is served up for just $12.50, and comes with a plethora of sides. 90 FoodTraveler l Winter 2016