It would be a shame to finish off the busy days (of diving and hiking) on Réunion without at least some kind of reward. Réunion thus offers you its savoury creole cuisine.
Do you like creole cuisine?
Do not leave the island without having tasted “Chez Loulou”’s reputable samosas at Saint-Gilles. A little greasy but divine. And don’t miss out on another local specialty: the sweet potato cake.
On your way to the “piton maido” you’ll come by “Chez Doudou”. Réunionese friends of mine recommended this restaurant and I have to say that I wasn’t disappointed: typical, savoury food. An excellent and copious meal, in a very warm and friendly atmosphere.
“Chez Racine”, situated in a humble little cabin, facing the Ermitage beach, you can eat delicious meals of all kinds, cooked with love. A meal costs between 5 and 6 euros, and the hostess is very welcoming, always with a nice word and a smile on her lips.
If you’re looking to buy nice souvenirs for your friends and family, you should pay a visit to the Saint-Paul market. Don’t leave the island without vanilla and rum. You can also buy all kinds of fruits and vegetables: mangos, avocados, lychees, all taste of the sun.
A typical beer from Réunion is the Dodo lé la. Not as good as our Belgian beers, but I still liked it.
Sweet potato cake recipe:
1/ Wash and cook the sweet potatoes (1 kg) in boiling water. Take off the heat when tender. Peel the potatoes and mash them with a fork.
2/ Heat the oven to 170°.
3/ Add the butter (250 g) and the eggs (5) to the still warm potatoes. Add the sugar (300 g), the flour (100 g), the rum (3 cl) and the vanilla extract (3 tsp.). Mix well until the dough is homogenous.
4/ Butter the baking pan and fill in the dough. Put into the oven and leave to bake for 40 minutes. Leave to cool before eating.
I hope you liked my Réunion-saga in three parts.
Now all that’s left to do is to wish you a nice trip!