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#FoodieFriday: Fish & Fungi

Q the Cruzan Foodie - June 23, 2017
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#FoodieFriday Fish & Fungi

One of the best parts of being Cruzan Foodie is sharing my incredible foodie finds with you! What better way to celebrate this on my blog than having a day dedicated to these delicious discoveries? Introducing #FoodieFriday with Cruzan Foodie!

This week’s foodie find is a dish that I’ve eaten more times than I count growing up on St. Croix. Boiled fish (or pot fish) & fungi is what one might a call a true “Crucian” dish but there’s a bit of history behind statement. Fungi can be described as a cornmeal-based dumpling made with okra similar in texture to polenta. The boiled fish that is most often served in this dish is red snapper, but other fish variety may be paired with it.

#FoodieFriday Fish & Fungi

Red Snapper & Fungi with Provisions, Vegetables and Coleslaw at Junie’s Bar & Restaurant

In the 1970s, St. Croix saw an influx of people from a variety of islands further down the Caribbean chain. Trinidad, Antigua, Dominica, St. Lucia and St. Vincent were a few islands people migrated from seeking employment at the oil refinery and alumina plant that opened on St. Croix in the late 1960s. As a result, St. Croix and the Virgin Islands as a whole were introduced to foods that were native to these islands. Antigua, for instance, is known for their fish & fungi. It wouldn’t be a far stretch to say that this recipe was brought over to St. Croix by Antiguans. Over time, Virgin Islanders adopted fish & fungi as one of their native dishes and put their twist on it to make it their own. Regardless of how it made its way to St. Croix, you have to give fish & fungi a try whenever you find yourself visiting one-third of America’s Paradise.

Here are a few places on St. Croix where you can get a taste of this local dish:

Junie’s Bar & Restaurant

132 Peters Rest

Christiansted

340.773.2801

 

Cast Iron Pot

North Shore Road

10A La Grande Princesse

340.692.2477

 

Harvey’s Restaurant

11B Company St

Christiansted

340.773.3433

Until Next Friday,

Q the Cruzan Foodie

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