I am Guyanese American. I was born in New York to two parents that lived their entire adult lives in Guyana. Guyanase people originate from South America, which is located on the northern coast of South America and borders the Carribbean Sea. While geographically Guyana is a part of the South American mainland, it is culturally much more similar to the nearby island nations of the West Indies such as Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Saint Vincent and Grenada. Although Guyana is not an island nation located in the Caribbean Sea,it is considered a Caribbean country.
One common misconception about Guyana is that all of them are Indians. People who don't know much about Guyanese culture often seem to assume this. They are shocked I am not Indian, or they respond by saying, "I thought Guyanese were supposed to be Indian."
Although East Indian makes up 43.5% of the population, 31.2% of Guyanese people are Black, 16.7% is multiracial, 9.2% is Amerindian and 0.46% is other (mostly Chinese, Whites). Guyana is a very diverse population. We have many different looks!
Below is a list of some of my favorite foods I grew up eating at home:
This is one of Guyana's national dish. It is mostly served on special occasions. I specifically love to eat Pepperpot with rice. It consists of a whole bunch of different types of meats. My father specifically likes to make it with beef, pork and cow face.
I grew up eating curry with chicken, beef, or shrimp. Sometimes my parents would cook it with rice or I would have it with roti.
I can eat roti by itself, but usually I love to have it with curry. The combination is orgasm worthy.....yes I said it!
4. Black pudding
Black pudding is a type of blood sausage and its influence in the Carribbean is from the British. It is rice cooked with lots of fresh herbs and then seasoned with pig's blood. Although that does not sound too appetizing it is delicious. I specifically love to eat it with sour sauce. It makes the flavor pop much more.
5. Cookup rice
This would be cooked with rice and black eyed peas. My parents specifically loved to cook it with pig tail meat. Of course, people can alter the many dishes of Guyana to however they would like.
The meat that would be used when my parents made this would be pig foot. The flavors from the herbs that would be used was once again orgasm worthy. I like to eat this with bread, and dip it in the sauce.
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I will leave you with some soca music, which is one of the many types of music popular amongst Guyanese and other Caribbean islands.
Leave a little bit of your culture behind, and share with me some of the foods you grew up eating!