Coleslaw is known to have been prepared by the Dutch and later the English in the American colonies, so it is tempting to think those same settlers brought the dish to the Caribbean on one of the many circular trade routes between North America, Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean. Truthfully, I have not been able to find any evidence supporting this idea and I’m not really sure how coleslaw came to Trinidad. It could very well be a latter twentieth century addition to the Caribbean culinary repertoire, like hamburgers and hot dogs.
Trinidadian coleslaw doesn’t employ mayonnaise, perhaps a practical food safety measure given the country’s heat. A vinegar based dish, it is a particularly refreshing accompaniment to foods like Fried Fish and Chaguanas-Style Fried Chicken.
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