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Bake and Shark

A Trinbagonian Street Food

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Bake and Shark

Bake and Shark

Photo by Cynthia Nelson

Bake and Shark is a very popular street food sold in Trinidad and Tobago. It is one of those must-try items for visitors to the twin-island Republic and for locals, a week without eating Bake and Shark would just seem unnatural.

Bake refers to fried dough. It is a dough made of all purpose flour, baking powder, a pinch of salt, a little grease (preferably butter) and brought together with water. Once rested, the dough is then divided into 3-inch balls, rolled into flat discs and fried until it puffs up. The inside of the bake is hallow and therefore, it is the perfect vehicle for stuffing or sandwiching things.

Shark is shark. Well, not the huge ones we see in movies and on television, these are much smaller shark. They are skinned, deboned, and sold filleted. The shark is seasoned with green seasoning, along with salt and pepper, breaded and pan fried.

Bake and Shark - is the bake cut open and the fried shark inserted between.

How to Eat Bake and Shark

Now the Bake and Shark is considered a blank canvas. Here's why. Bake and Shark is served with a plethora of condiments - mustard, garlic sauce, tomato ketchup, pepper sauce, chadon beni (culantro, recao leaves) sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and coleslaw to name a few. You pick and choose the sauces, condiments and veggies to suit your taste.

Where to Buy Bake and Shark

Bake and Shark is sold widely throughout Trinidad and Tobago. It is a street food, and as such, it can be bought from a favorite road-side vendor, a shop around the corner, in established eateries or if you are heading down to Maracas Beach, then be sure to check out the many vendors plying their trade.

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