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Heard of this tropical food?

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Heard of this tropical food?

MB (from Boston) | Aug 9, 2005 04:01 PM

You know the pain of travelling, trying some interesting new-to-you food, and then never being able to find it again when you get back home. Well, I've really outdone myself by learning of a food that's a specialty to Antigua, which I tried in Nevis last week. I figure it's worth a try:

It's called conki or conchi (in Nevis) and ducana in Antigua. Traditionally it comes wrapped in a banana leaf and the ingredients are grated sweet potato, coconut, sugar, flour and spices (like allspice, nutmeg, cinammon). I believe in St. Kitts/Nevis people tend to add a bit of pumpkin as well. It reminds me of candied yams, but the flavors are more reminiscent of a spice bread like pumpkin or banana and the texture is firm like a boiled dumpling. Not all that attractive as it ends up looking like an army green tube of dough, but darn it's tasty.

I'm curious if something similar might show up in South American/Latin or even Southeast Asian cooking, but I don't know much about these cuisines.

Has anyone seen/experienced something similar in Manhattan or the outer boroughs? Are there any Antiguan restaurants around? I travel to NYC often enough to make it a destination for my next trip.

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