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Goa CuisineTaste That Will Make You Drool

Food of Goa is highly influenced by numerous cultures. While here, one will get to relish varieties of Portuguese, Arab, French, Konkan, Malabar and Chinese delicacies. Being a Portuguese colony for years, pork, beef, bread, vinegar and other meats have become a specialty of this land. A typical Goan cuisine comprises of Pork Vindaloo, Prawn Balchao and Pork Feijodda.
Goan Fish Curry

One of the major reasons to visit Goa is its mouth watering fish curry which is as absolute delicacy. Served with steamed hot rice, the varieties include fishes like mackerels, shark fish, pomfret, kingfish etc. Goan fish curry, locally called Xitti Kodi is the staple diet of every Goan. It is prepared with home grown spices alongwith coconut and raw mango for a tangy flavour.

Shark Ambot Tik

Portuguese influence can be found in each and every dish that is relished by Goans even today. Ambot Tik is a Portuguese dish that is cooked with Shark fish. 'Ambot' means sour and 'tik' means spicy; so create the spicy flavour, Red chillies (Kashmiri) are used in addition to Kokum (Garcinia indicia) which gives a sour taste. The Shark fish is diced and tossed with onions, tomatoes and masala.

Goan Pork Vindaloo

'Vin' comes from vinegar and 'ahlo' means garlic in Portuguese. As the name suggests, this hot and tangy dish is the traditional Goan cuisine cooked using vinegar and spices in good amount. Ingredients include pork, onions, chillies, garlic along with Vinegar and other spices. Masala is prepared by using chillies and various other ingredients that are mixed with meat and vinegar; left overnight for better taste. The dish, next day is being fried by using onions and other spices. It is served with steamed hot rice.

Sorpotel

'Soro' in Konkani means alcohol or liquor and Sorpotel is a famous Goan delicacy cooked with Pork, beef and mutton liver. The meat is partly cooked by boiling the fat is fried. Onions, garlic and spices prepared are then added along with other herbs. This dish is popular among Goans as a breakfast dish, but it can be consumed any time of the day.

Chicken Xacuti

Chicken Xacuti, or “Shakuti”, as locally called, is counted among the famous dishes of Goan cuisine. Absolutely mouthwatering, this dish is infused with generous amounts of spices, and learnt by foreigners to be able to cook it back at home. One of the most important spices used for this dish is the Punjabi curry powder and (hot) Garam Masala. Star anise and poppy seeds are also used for a special flavour. It is mostly served with rice in a lunch or dinner menu.

Goan Feni

Feni or fenny is a liquor spirit produced in only Goa. It is available in cashew or coconut with a good number of varieties. Relished by both locals and tourists, this handmade product has more than 4000 distillers in Goa. The alcohol content varies between 42.8% and 45% abv. Feni produced in south Goa generally has higher alcohol content (43% to 45% abv).

Recommended Restaurants

BumrahsGoa

A gastronomic secret for the foodies, this casual dining restaurant is situated in the heart of Goa. In the land of fish and feni, hides the sensational secret of delicious cuisines. The restaurant essentially serves mouth watering delicacies, drawing influences from differnt lands of India. This restaurant has been designed with an elegant and unique flair.

Baba Au RhumAnjuna, Goa

If you are on a lookout for a place to munch away your hangover, Baba Au Rhum is the place you should be. This gorgeous looking café has been named after a cake soaked in rum. Nestled amid bamboo grove and paddy fields, there is nothing like walking into the smell of fresh bread and croissants and soothing music. The restaurant grew from a tiny French bakery into an all-day café-style hangout.

Cuisines – Italian, French

Opening Time – 9:00am – 5:30pm

Go with the FlowCalangute, Baga, Goa

Gracefully tucked on the far end of the Baga River Bank, Go with the Flow restaurant is housed in the premises of a restored Portuguese mansion. An extension of the mansion’s garden, the entire space is styled in contemporary charm. The restaurant has a beautiful fairytale feel to it, as a sequence of glassed pathway meanders through lush green gardens.

Cuisines Continental

Opening Time - 12:30pm – 3:30pm, 6:30pm – 11:00pm

MeiphungBaga River Creek Near The Blue Whale Water Park, Baga, Goa

This restaurant is as much as a day place as it is a night hangout. Overlooking the Baga Beach, this beautiful place has garnered much love from the locals as well as tourists. This is one place that will surprise you with its authentic North Eastern and Thai preparations. Amid all the nearby shacks, Meiphung Restaurant feels like a breath of fresh air with its drooling change of seasoning.

Cuisines – North Eastern, Naga, Seafood

Opening Time – 11:00am – 11:00pm

Enfield Rider caféArpora, Bardez, Goa

The unperturbed and relaxing vibe of this café puts you at ease, and relaxes every tired nerve in your body. There is so much to unfold and talk about this one of its kind café. Hippies, explorers and free thinkers have driven their way through the palm shaded lanes of Goa, echoing the growl of Bullet. This cafe is dedicated to those pioneer riders of Goa. Those who live the Royal Enfield life, as well as those who strive to be a part of it, are all welcomed in this café.

Cuisines – Salad, Cafe, Continental, Goan, Italian, Seafood

Opening Time – 9:00am – 12 midnight

Susegado beer Garden (outside santiago)Near Habanero, Baga, Goa

Good times are brewing at Goa’s very own microbrewery. Susegado Beer Garden pampers you with three flavours of beers on the tap. The brews here have been a rage ever since they opened. The flavours of these brews will surely win you over, with its satisfying bitter finish. Like most good things in life, making good beer takes time.

Must Try – Indian Pale Ale — Dorado

Oepning Time – 10:00 am – 12 midnight


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