About 40 minutes away from Port of Spain, the capital of Trinidad lies the beautiful Maracas Bay and while you relax on the beach you will find nearby people lining up to eat shark at Richard’s Bake and Shark. Also known as Shark and Bake the dish has become synonymous with the cuisine of Trinidad and a visit to the beautiful island is not complete without having a bite of this delicacy. The dish comprises of the meat of a Black Tip Shark packed into a bake which is essentially fluffy and fried flour dough.
The history of Richard’s Bake and Shark goes back about 30 years when Richard Ferguson started the stand and it’s believed he invented the dish, although there are some who believe otherwise. The popularity of the stand has grown over the years and you should be prepared to wait for about half an hour before being served. Apart from the signature dish you should try the Aloo Pie or the East Indian Potato Pie which would also leave your taste buds tingling.
Shark and Bake is prepared by first cutting the shark into thin pieces before being rinsed with cool water and lemon juice and squeezed dry. The meat is then seasoned with garlic, black pepper and green seasoning before being marinated in the refrigerator for about half an hour. The shark meat is then dusted with the flour on all the sides and cooked in oil for about two to three minutes.
The prepared shark is very delicious in itself, although can be seen as a touch bland, so if you want to spice up the dish you can do some by adding various condiments. You can also choose from a variety of toppings like lettuce, tomato, pineapple slices and coleslaw as well sauces including hot sauce, pepper sauce, tamarind sauce or the mouth watering mango chutney to name a few.
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