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02 of 07

Bokit

7 Foods and Drinks You Must Try in Guadeloupe

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You can’t go more than a few blocks in Guadeloupe without stumbling upon a bokit stand. Inspired by the johnny-cake, a cornmeal flatbread, this street food favorite was created in the mid-19th century after the abolishment of slavery when low-wage workers sought out a cheaper alternative to the typical sandwich.

A popular lunch and late-night option, you’ll find two pieces of deep-fried “bread” stuffed with meats, cheeses and drizzled with a vinegar-based sauce. Many stands offer their own special twist, from spicy mayo made with curry powder to local fresh fish. Despite the low price, expect very large portions.