Try the Mauritian wok action!
Do not hesitate to look for the chinese hawkers by
the roadside, selling steamed chinese dim sums, like "saw mai",
"niuk yan" (meat balls), "en pow niuk" (steamed
fish fingers) and "teo kon" (beancurd).
Chinatown (Port Louis) may be the best place to try
our chinese delicacies at various hawkers: Grospiti, James Snack,
Canton restaurant, Panda restaurant, La Flore Orientale and Le Poisson
The traditional fried egg noodles (similar to spaghetti)
are very common in most Chinese restaurants and a popular option
for lunch amongst us, locals! The noodles are made fresh, by hand
and cooked with chicken / beef / pork / seafood in soy sauce, sweet
sauce and "kiu choi". According to the Chinese, noodles
are a sign of long life, and is often served as the first dish in
An interesting dish which you will find nowhere in
Asia! It is served exactly as its name suggests, literally meaning
"upside down bowl". Once you 'uncover' your dish, it is
rice cooked with chicken, "kai lan" vegetables, dried
mushrooms in oyster sauce, with a fried egg sitting on top of the
Gato la cire
A traditional round cake, made with glutinous flour,
dark brown sugar and vegetable oil. The texture is sticky and brown
in colour, thus deserving its name which means "rubber cake".
"Gato la cire" is offered to family and friends on Chinese
New Year celebrated towards the end of January or beginning of February,
according to the lunar calendar.
This very Chinese-Mauritian snack is always present
during parties. Grated yam (taro) is mixed with finely chopped spring
onions and ginger and coated with bread crumbs. The paste obtained
is then fashioned into balls and deep fried until very crispy. For
added kick, dip in chili and chutney.
Cakes especially made on the occasion of the mooncake
festival during the month of September, the actual date depending
on the lunar calendar. The recipe is different from the ones available
in China and South East Asia.