The most important tip I can give you on Suriname local food, and the only one that will make you elevate from being a tourist to becoming a real traveler immersed in the local culture, is “Stay away from McDonalds“. When visiting Suriname, there is awesome local food to try. Head to the local eateries too, and go where the locals go. For me, the food, wine and and even the water is part of the travel experience.
What to Eat in
Because of the ethnic diversity there is a variety of exotic food available. Indian (specially roti with chicken), Chinese, Javanese (Indonesian), Creole. Javanese Although Indonesian food might be appropriate, the Indonesian people we have in Suriname are mostly if not all from the island Java. And Java has its own cuisine distinct from the rest of Indonesian food. Furthermore as you might have guessed the food has evolved to a more Surinamese culture and is thus (very) different from food you’d find in Java.
Nevertheless it tastes great and you should try it. The most popular places where you would find such food is in ‘warung’s’ Lelydorp on your way from the airport to Paramaribo, or Blauwgrond in Paramaribo, and since recently near the bridge in Commewijne. Chinese Chinese food tastes great everywhere in the world. Suriname is no exception. Good restaurants can be found in Paramaribo Also try visiting the Chinese market on Sunday and many of their Dim Sum restaurants East-Indian East Indian food is less spicy compared to original Indian food, but still a well appreciated meal. Other International menu are available in the more expensive downtown restaurant and hotels in Paramaribo.
What to Drink in Suriname
Suriname wouldn’t be the tropical paradise it is without its a wide variety of great fruit juices. Even the well known orange juice is a sensational taste, but do not hesitate to try great tropical fruits like passion fruit (known locally as ‘markoesa’) or soursap, better known as Guanábana (locally known as ‘zuurzak’). Since locals have an appetite for sweet, sugar is added to most juices you buy in bottles. For pure juice it is best to ask for fresh made juice. The Javanese have a pink (and occasionally green) colored drink called dawet, which consists of coconut milk. Try to get a local ‘east-indian’ to make you a glass of lassi if you have the chance. Alcohol Beer:
Try the local ‘Parbo-beer’, which when comes in 1 liter bottles is called a ‘djogo’. In 2008 Suriname finally got Parbo beer in a can, which was somewhat of a major event in the country. Guinness is a popular import beer, and for that reason Parbo also brews a very decent own stout variant: Parbo Stout. Of course imported beer is also available. Rum: Borgoe and Black Cat.
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