Goa’s daily dish - fish and curry, is a red chili sauce with dried shrimps
or fish added
as flavor. It may include a fried slice of fresh fish (in
season) or few sardines and always a hot pickles. It's
eaten at most homes
and village cafes as breakfast and afternoon meal.
It's cheap (from 30
rupees) and filling. Often you will get seconds free of charge if you are still
The local food is very HOT.
If you are on a low budget, eating
the local food will cost you a fraction of the cost of
prices. You can still "survive and be happy" on a $10 a day budget in
including food, local long term rentals or beach shack
With 450 years long Portuguese influence there are many meat specialties
hard to be
found outside of Goa.
Pork Vindaloo, seasoned with wine,
vinegar, garlic, coconut, onions, toddy (palm vine),
and many other Indian
spices is a dish not to be missed. Well prepared pork vindaloo is
adventure of itself.
Portuguese influenced Chicken and fish dishes are another gourmet
Feni is the local drink in Goa, made from either coconut or cashew nuts.
It's cheap and served in most restaurants.
Another treat - Leitao, a suckling pig, roasted and stuffed with chopped
heart, liver, is served mainly on festive
Chicken Xhacut, Balchao, Fish Mol, Sorpotel, and Bebinca
(desert) are some other Portuguese -
Goan dishes. When well prepared, they
are to satisfy any gourmet traveler.
Goan fish dishes:
From resorts to beach restaurant shacks, the "today's catch" seafood is
to be found
everywhere in Goa's coastal areas. King fish, pomfret, sardines,
ladyfish, squid, prawns,
mussels, lobster, and a number of other seafood,
sometimes seasonal, will usually be an
fish can be grilled, fried, or baked in Tandoori ovens and are tasty and
at most times. Goa beach shack restaurants, found on most beaches,
offer unbeatable value
as the waiter, if asked, will show you the fish
before preparation of your choice.
Meals in beach shack restaurants will cost
you a fraction of what you’ll pay at the resort restaurants.
restaurants, seafood and meat are generally served with chips and salad but
can order it any way you wish just by asking the waiter.
Goan bread to order is oven baked Tandoori chappati, nan, pan or sanna.
Desserts in Goa
Fresh fruit is served everywhere, beach shacks and
resorts alike will serve it fresh from
the tree, and the taste will be
incomparable to home " supermarket fruit".
For gourmet " researchers" -
Bebinca is made of coconut milk, flour, sugar and other
local spices is a
rare find but unforgatanable.
Dodol - the most prized of all local sweets
made of palm syrup, rice flour, coconut, rose
water and other more or less
secret local ingredients
Indian food at its best is served in upscale Goa resort or hotels
restaurants, where the
menus are dominated by North and South Indian dishes.
Beach shack restaurants will
serve Indian dishes but there are far from the
original not even comparable with dishes in
your local Indian
Chinese and Thai food is served in most beach restaurants, although it
tends to be cooked
by local chefs and is not what you might expect to be
authentic. Still (for the price) they
are often a good deal for hungry
Tibetan food brought with seasonal Tibetan immigration to Goa or where
Tibetan refugees have settled and opened Tibetan restaurants is
east to find. Try Momo
(the legendary Tibetan dumplings) of the
Western food in Goa is also widely available in the resorts and beach
Expensive hotels serve buffets and a'la carte menus.
Pizza, pasta, lasagna, stroganoff, German bread and cakes, adapted with
are to be found in most Goa restaurants.
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