caribbean hot pot grill

Do you want quality Caribbean food, for a reasonable price? The Caribbean Hot Pot Grill has been bringing the flavors of the Caribbean to the City of Houston. We pride ourselves in producing the best quality Caribbean cuisine. After dining at The Caribbean Hot Pot, you will leave with a feeling of being transported to the tropics with style. Hearty and boastful flavors in every dish that is prepared, seasoned with just the right touch of seasonings and bursting with flavor. 


history of food

A Jamaican patty is a pastry that contains various fillings and spices baked inside a flaky shell, often tinted golden yellow with an egg yolk mixture or turmeric. It is made like a turnover but is more savory. As its name suggests, it is commonly found in Jamaica, and is also eaten in other areas of the Caribbean, such as Costa Rica's Caribbean coast. It is traditionally filled with seasoned ground beef, but fillings can include chicken, vegetables, shrimp, lobster, fish, soy, ackee, mixed vegetables or cheese. In Jamaica, the patty is often eaten as a full meal, especially when paired with coco bread.

The Spanish Jews also arrived on the island, bringing in their unique dishes (one of the most famous being "Escovitch Fish" – a vinegary concoction of sorts.) These nations began to mix their recipes in with the island's local fresh produce and seafood choices, creating new dishes. The technique of “jerking” meats is thought to have originated with Jamaica's Maroons, descendants of slaves who were freed from their Spanish masters and lived in the island’s most remote mountain areas. The meat is first marinated for hours in a spicy mix of peppers, pimento seeds, scallion, and thyme, then cooked over an outdoor pit lined with pimento wood. (The Maroons did the cooking underground to hide the smoke from their enemies.) The low heat allows the meat to cook slowly, retaining the natural juices while becoming infused with the flavor of the wood and the different spices.


Origins of Caribbean Food

Food is a very important aspect of many family traditions and Caribbean culture. During holidays and other special events, it is not uncommon for people to spend many days preparing food. Caribbean dishes are often comprised of indigenous, European, American, Chinese, and African influences.

Caribbean cuisine is influenced by Chinese, Indian, Dutch, French, Spanish, British, and Amerindian food. Local residents have also developed distinct dishes.

A popular Caribbean dish is seasoned jerk chicken. This spicy dish is unique, but it is similar to Louisiana Creole chicken. Chicken, goat, and curry are popular foods throughout the English influenced areas of the Caribbean, particularly Tobago, Trinidad, and Guyana. French food is popular in the French influenced areas of the Caribbean, Guadeloupe and Haiti, for example. Rice served with beans and different sauces is a staple food throughout the Caribbean. In fact, people in the West Indies refer to rice as “peas.”

A traditional goat stew is Montserrat’s recognized national dish and very popular in St. Nevis and Kitts. This popular stew is made with tomatoes, dumplings, green papaya, breadfruit, and goat meat. In the British Caribbean, a popular meal is pelau, a mixture of saltfish, beef, and chicken meat with rice, pigeon peas, and other vegetables. A prominent African influenced Caribbean dish, callaloo, combines leafy greens with okra.