Soup is the perfect appetizer and is traditionally enjoyed as a main meal, for either lunch or dinner, in most Jamaican households on a Saturday. A few Jamaican favourites are Pumpkin Beef Soup, Pepperpot,Red Peas, Manish Water (goat soup), and my personal favourite, Chicken Foot Soup. Oh yes, I love those little ‘scratchers’.
Another traditional Jamaican soup is ‘cow cod’ soup. What is cow cod? Ask any Jamaican man and see his reaction! Seriously though, cow-cod makes a really delicious soup and is often prepared by street-side vendors and enjoyed by men and women alike.
How do you like your soup? I prefer when my soup is more on the thicker side- but not too thick that a spoon can actually stand in it (and yes…I’ve actually seen soup that thick). I enjoy soup with lots of ‘food’ in it, as we say in Jamaica; referring to things like yam, sweet potato, dasheen, or corn and of course ‘spinners’ or dumplings. In fact, no Jamaican soup is complete unless it has dumplings in it.
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