Fish tea

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Fish tea
Type Soup
Main ingredients yam, pumpkin, cassava, potatoes, bottlers, coconut milk
Cookbook: Fish tea  Media: Fish tea
A fish tea shack at Winifred Beach in Port Antonio, Jamaica

Fish tea is a spicy soup in Caribbean cuisine and Jamaican cuisine. It is similar to a fish bouillon and can take several hours to prepare. It includes ground yam, pumpkin, cassava, potatoes and "bottlers"[clarification needed], cooked until very soft. As much as 15 pounds of fish is added to make five gallons.[1] Carrots and cho–cho can also be added. It is flavored with coconut milk and seasoned with various ingredients that may include black pepper, salt, thyme, butter, scallion and season–all."[1][2]

Fish tea is similar to traditional "rundown", but instead of chunks the ingredients are boiled until they are in a "soupy liquid form".[1] Some believe it to be an aphrodisiac and it is associated with various legends and rumors:

  • "If you drink that fish tea, you’ll have to chain yourself to the bed post at night or else you’ll walk all night" (in search of adventure)[1][2]
  • "Men who haven’t fathered children all of a sudden produced twins"
  • "Once you take that fish tea you won't be able to walk a straight line."[1]

According to a Cayman Islands publication "those who taste the fish tea always seem to come back for more."[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f Fish Tea Cookoff a big part of East End Surf Challenge 10 January 2006 Camanian Compass
  2. ^ a b Alan Ebanks Surfers find it tea–licious 13 January 2009 Cay Compass