For someone who loves food, a holiday seems to be an ultimate opportunity for trying out new things. Not only do you get to eat to your fill, but the snacking can continue all day long.
Everyone loves to cherish good food whilst vacationing. Cause it’s probably one time when you can take a break from cooking. If you are planning your next trip to Mauritius then good food is literally around every corner.
With a car rental in Mauritius, you can easily drive around the island and explore the food culture out here. Dodoland is famous for its Creole cuisine combining French, African, Chinese and Indian dishes in a very unique way.
The street food is well reputed and is readily available all around the city. There are plenty of lip smacking delicacies to choose from. From a traveller’s point of view, this can get overwhelming. So here is a dictionary of all the street food you’d expect to find in Mauritius
Time to try these savories when driving in a car rental Mauritius
Something fried, something spice and something nice. That pretty much sums up what you can expect to feel when trying out savory snacks out here. Here are dishes you probably cannot miss if you are roaming around the city:
- Gato pima (ga-toh pee-ma’): popularly known as chilli cakes, this dish isn’t actually made of chilli. So you don’t need to freak out if a local tells you to try a chilli cake. These are fritters made with boiled yellow lentils and are flavored with chilli. They are deep fried and usually served inside bread with butter. A steal at 10 Rs for 3 pieces.
- Gato Merveille (ga-toh mer-vey): simplicity at its best. It’s just an extended piece of bread, deep fried to make it crispy and served with a mouth watering chutney at 10 Rs a piece.
- Mine Bwi (meed bou-ee): If you are driving to Port Louis with a car rental Mauritius, do try out these chinese style noodles. You can either have the fried or boiled version with authentic soy sauce and crunchy vegetables. You can also select your choice of protein be it chicken/eggs/beef/shrimp. A hearty generous portion that serves two will cost you around 75 Rs
- Gato arouille ( ga-toh a-roo-ee): these native fritters are made by deep frying grated ginger and taro root. Soft on the inside, crispy on the outside, with the right balance thanks to the ginger, this snack will give you an instant foodgasm. Don’t forget to dip in with some spicy tomato chutney.
- Dol Puri (dohl poo-ree): fried dough made of flour and crashed lentils filled in with a filling of your choice. You can easily gorge on one freshly made in shacks all around Mauritius.
- Faratas (pha-ra-tah): saving the vest for the last, these are also the queen snacks of locals in town. A flat bread made with ghee and flour is stuffed with either veggies/lamb/chicken/fish, served with tasty tomato chutney.
Keep active with these healthy snacks
Unlike most tourist spots that offer fancy and fatty snacks, it is very much possible to find healthy eating options in Mauritius. If you have hired a car rental Mauritius, then it is pretty easy to find these locally.
- Ananas: For 25 Rs. a whole pineapple, this snack comes freshly peeled with a pinch of salt, chilli and tamarind sauce. There is absolutely nothing better than fresh fruits on the go!
- Confit de fruit (confee): Try these lip smacking fruit pickles made in a traditional maceration of salt and vinegar. There are many fruits to choose from like pineapple, mango, olives, cythere and even cucumbers! These are easily available for anywhere between 5-10 Rs a piece.
- Coconut water: There is nothing more refreshing and nourishing than this natural tonic. If you are driving around with a car rental Mauritius, then this is the best way to stay hydrated. Also, make sure you ask for the creme/flesh as it’s the best part of the entire coconut. These are easily available for 45 Rs
- Salade mange (sa-LAD mang): If you can’t decide what to eat or want to stimulate your appetite for some food then this is quite a nice option. This snack is made by macerating green mangoes in a sour and spicy dressing of lemon, vinegar and chilli.
- Pistaches grille (pees-tash gree-leh): Boiled or grilled peanuts. No fuss and a healthy snack. You can grab a medium bad for 50 Rs and you are good to go for the next few hours.
Something for your sweet tooth?
A meal can never be complete without dessert, but a dessert can definitely work out as a meal. To prove this right, do try these amazing delicacies that will make you keep coming back for more:
- Napolitane (na-poh-lee-tan): a biscuit sandwich filled with jam and covered in glaze. Amazing tea time treat! Grab a few at just 8 Rs a piece.
- Tarte banana: a favorite local Mauritian dessert. Get lost in the amazing flavor of mashed bananas, coconut and vanilla stuffed in a buttery shortcrust pastry. Eat your heart’s fill with one portion just for 28 Rs
- Gato gingeli (ga-toh gin-jelly): coming down from the Chinese descendants, this sweet treat is made using flour, sweet potato and sesame seeds. Seems unusual right? But do check it out once.
- Macatia coco (ma-ka-tee-a coco): fluffy pastry buns filled with coconut powder are something one cannot resist really. It’s just like a brioche but so much better. At 10 Rs for 4 pieces, you can never really have enough.
Travelling around Mauritius can get quite hectic if you are using public transport. Nonetheless, if you choose a car rental Mauritius it is very much convenient to eat all this street food from the best places in town. Local shops bring out the best street food that truly represents the food culture of Mauritius.