Shark & Bake is a fish sandwich in which fried bake—a savory fritter—is sliced open and a piece of breaded, fried nurse shark is tucked between. Nowadays, shark is often substituted with other fish, which is a point of great contention, followed only by what condiments should be used in the sandwich—tamarind sauce, cilantro sauce, or hot pepper sauce are the acceptable choices—and only surpassed by the debate as to whether it is “Shark & Bake” or “Bake & Shark.” I learned it as the former so that’s what I stick with. At Maracas Bay Beach, eating Shark & Bake is a tradition not unlike eating Nathan’s Famous hot dogs on the boardwalk at Coney Island in Brooklyn. If you don’t like or can’t get shark, you can use any firm-fleshed white fish, such as tilapia or catfish.
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