One of the best parts of a carefree ride through any island is finding the perfect snack at a roadside food stop. Like the one we found on the south coast of Jamaica after a full day at YS Falls Waterfalls.
On the ride back to our hotel we came upon a colorful little spot on the side of the road. Of course we had to stop. I mean, when in Jamaica. Plus, june plums were in season, and it’s one of our favorite fruits. A dozen or so of those were in order.
After a warm and smiling welcome by the lady who runs the stall, and the smooth melody of Peter Tosh’s “Johnny B. Goode” in background, we perused the table. In addition to the june plums, there were tangerines and grapefruits. Yes, we will take some of those too. But then!; our noses twitched to the smell of what was unmistakably hot pepper crayfish/pepper shrimp (also known locally as Janga). NOW we’re talking!
Crayfish is a local delight that is first boiled and then cooked in several ingredients that includes scotch bonnet pepper (lots and lots of that), scallion and thyme. It can be eaten just out of the pot like that, in a soup, or even curried. Today we had it right out of the pot. Hot and spicy. Making sure we tread carefully on the first bite. Yum! We finished this off the best way we know how, with a red stripe beer.
Next time you see a local spot on the side of the road, just consider the possibilities!
– Satisfy your spicy craving at any of the Scotchies Jerk Centers across the island
– An array of options are available at Faith’s Pen Rest Stop on Mount Diablo in St. Ann
– Fruits sold on the roadside are mostly seasonal and a great way to taste some local color