Mauritius, an island nation off the coast of Africa, is a melting pot of different cultures who have immigrated at different time periods to the island. Mauritius cuisine highlights this diversity with foods reflecting Creole, Indian, Chinese, and European influences. Visitors to the island can expect to dine upon cuisine as varied as Indian curries, Creole rougailles, English bacon and eggs, Chinese Chop Suey and French Coq au vin. All of these dishes have a unique Mauritian twist since they employ locally grown and available fruits and vegetables.

Popular Beverages
If you crave libations to accompany your meal, rum is locally produced on the island. The best rums, which are also the most expensive, have been aged 5 years or more. Rum is commonly mixed with ice and cola or coconut milk and lime for a refreshing drink. Beer, coconut milk, and fresh juices are widely available on the island. Tamarind juice, known as Alouda, is a popular local drink and is imbibed as an accompaniment to many of their Indian meals. Many Mauritians habitually drink wine with many meals, a remnant of their French past.

French Influences
The French arrived in Mauritius in 1715 and occupied the island for well over 100 years. Their cuisine had a significant impact on the types of foods eaten on the island and is a strong influence in modern Mauritian Creole cuisine. Since Mauritius is an island, fresh fish and seafood are popular among all types of cuisine and are readily available in many French restaurants. There are several notable French restaurants on the island which serve gourmet fare and fine wines. French and European pastries are sold in bakeries throughout the island, with Mauritians often enjoying a nice gateaux, or cake after their meals.

Indian spices
Indian workers came to Mauritius in the 19th century as indentured servants and brought the cuisine of their different regions with them. Depending upon the area of India they migrated from, they might prefer rice or roti, a type of Indian flatbread as accompaniments to their meals. Dholl Puri, a hot bean curry, and roti are a popular dish on Mauritius that is eaten by all cultures and commonly sold by street vendors. Mauritians also enjoy samosas, a type of pastry commonly filled with spiced potatoes and peas. Indian cuisine typically uses different spices such as cardamom, saffron, cloves, and cinnamon to give meals the characteristic spicy but sweet flavour. Biryani, introduced by the Muslim Indian community, is a rice and spiced meat dish eaten by many people on the island. It's typical to see achars, a type of Indian pickle, served along with native Creole cuisine as well as an accompaniment to Indian dishes.

Chinese Cuisine
Towards the latter part of the 19th century, Chinese immigrants began to arrive in Mauritius, many coming from the Cantonese region. Cantonese cuisine is characterized by the freshness of its ingredients and the lightness of the sauces. Even though the Chinese population of Mauritius is one of the smallest ethnic groups, their food is well represented in many restaurants on the island. Chop Suey, fried rice, egg rolls, and even shark fin soup are some of the delicacies you can find in Mauritius.

Creole Roots
The Mauritian community of immigrants from the African mainland is commonly referred to as the Creole culture. Their cuisine is a true mix of many cultural traditions blended together to create an original Mauritian cuisine. Creole cooking commonly uses a rougailles sauce made of tomatoes, garlic, ginger, chiles, and onions. This dish can be spicy so visitors should ask restaurants to make their portion a bit less spicy if possible. Langouste a la Creole, a lobster dish, and Rougaille Poisson Sale, a fish dish, are popular dishes in many Mauritian restaurants. Seafood lovers should also try the “Millionaire’s Salad”, a dish made of oysters, crawfish, prawns, crabs, and shrimp and served with a sauce rouge, or red sauce, and hearts of Palm.

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