Get Yourself a Bake and Shark at Maracas Beach, Trinidad

Gary I went to a friend’s daughter’s wedding in Trinidad this past weekend. While the wedding was beautiful, the dancing was excellent, and the Caribe beer quite thirst quenching, the following was one of the most memorable parts. We went to a beach called Maracas beach, where they are famous for their waves and their Bake and Shark. This is a Trinidadian native dish that consists of deep-fried shark (see Note) stuffed in deep-fried batter, called “Bake,” which is made from a roti-like dough and puffs up wonderfully. Then you get to walk around the condiment counter and top your Bake and Shark with anything from hot sauce to creamy tartar sauce to tomatoes, to slaw, to mustard to mangos dusted with chili powders. The flavors were incredible, and each one looked like a little work of art. There is no way I won’t have another of these in my lifetime.

Naked Shark and Bakes, waiting to be dressed

The condiment buffet

Lettuce, slaw, pineapple, tomatoes, cucumber, hot sauce, creamy tartar sauce

Lettuce, slaw, cucumbers, barbecue sauce

And then a nice woman helps you shove your creation into a box, to be carted away and eaten on the beach. Or in our case, the airport.

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