Food in Suriname
Because of the ethnic diversity, a wide range of unusual foods are accessible. Indian (especially roti with chicken), Chinese, Javanese (Indonesian), and Creole cuisines are available.
Although the term “Indonesian cuisine” may seem to be accurate, the Indonesians in Suriname are mainly, if not entirely, from the island of Java. And Java has its own cuisine that is different from the rest of Indonesian cuisine. Furthermore, the cuisine has developed to reflect Surinamese culture and is therefore distinct from food found in Java. Nonetheless, it tastes delicious and you should try it. The most popular locations to get such cuisine are in ‘warungs’ in Lelydorp on the route from the airport to Paramaribo, or in Blauwgrond in Paramaribo, and, more recently, beside the bridge in Commewijne. Every warung serves bami (noodles) and nasi (fried rice). It’s served with either hot chicken or satay with peanut sauce. Baka bana (fried banana) and petjil are vegetarian meals (vegetables with peanut sauce). Telo is fried cassava served with salt fish. Soato, a stock with strips of chicken, bean sprouts, egg, and sliced peppers, is popular among Javanese people.
Suriname’s Chinese cuisine is delicious. Paramaribo has a number of excellent eateries. Visit the Chinese market on Sundays, as well as several of the dim sum eateries.
East Indian cuisine is less spicy than traditional Indian food, yet it is still a popular dinner. Roti, masala-seasoned pancakes stuffed with chicken, potato, and kouseband (long beans), is a popular dish. Bara is a fried cake of beans, similar to a doughnut, that is oozing with grease.
Suriname has a lot of this kind of cuisine, including dishes like cassava soup, pom (an oven dish with milled tajer-tuber and salt pork), pastei (an oven dish in puff pastry with brownbeans), and peanut soup with tom tom (dumplings of cooked bananas).
International cuisines are offered at Paramaribo’s more costly downtown restaurants and hotels.
Drinks in Suriname
Suriname would not be the tropical paradise that it is today if it did not have a broad range of delicious fruit juices. Even the well-known orange juice is delicious, but don’t be afraid to try wonderful tropical fruits like passion fruit (known locally as’markoesa’) or soursap, also known as Guanábana (known locally as ‘zuurzak’). Sugar is added to most juices sold in bottles because the natives have a sweet tooth. It is preferable to request freshly produced juice for pure juice.
In the city, you can also buy shaved ice in various flavors from local sellers, which is extremely refreshing in the tropical heat.
Dawet, a pink (and sometimes green) drink made from coconut milk, is popular among the Javanese.
If you have the opportunity, ask a native ‘east-Indian’ to make you a glass of lassi.
Try the native ‘Parbo-beer,’ also known as a ‘djogo’ when sold in one-liter bottles. Suriname finally received Parbo beer in a can in 2008, which was a big occasion in the nation. Guinness is a popular import beer, therefore Parbo also makes a very good own stout variant: Parbo Stout, as well as its own rums: Borgoe and Black Cat. Naturally, foreign beers, whiskeys, and rums are accessible.