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IS IT SOUSE OR SOUP!

Updated: Nov 13, 2021



The other day I was reading a beautiful article on Bahamian experiences, low and behold there was a section talking about our, “I don’t cook on Saturday dish”...SOUSE. You know when you party all night this is da best ting to eat (for hangover🤣) with the exception of Boil or Stew fish. What caught my attention was that our souse was described as SOUP!!! Well you know I perk right up and my mouth had a slight twist....ummm. Is it soup or souse????

The Culinary Pro states “Soups are either clear varieties based on broths and prepared stocks, or thick soups which are emulsified with starches and dairy products to give them more body. Soup categories also include ethnic or national soups based on popular cuisines including Minestrone, a hearty Italian vegetable soup, or Miso, a Japanese soup prepared with a light Dashi (seaweed) broth, as well as cold soups that essentially fall into thick or clear categories, including cold jellied consommés, or Vichyssoise, a cold puree of potato and leeks.

A broth soup is cooked with meats, poultry, fish, or vegetables, and further enhanced with a combination of aromatic vegetables including onions, celery, and carrots (mirepoix), along with herbs and spices, including parsley, bay leaf, thyme, and peppercorns.”

Bahamianology characterizes Souse as a light dish that is popular around the Caribbean. It is a clear broth of pickled pig trotters that is flavored with onion, garlic, lime, hot peppers and other spices. To tenderize the fatty meat, it is first cooked and then marinated for a long time with various seasonings so it becomes pickled.

So, what say you? Is it souse or soup. I am open for suggestions, please feel to educate me on this...

Talking about souse my husband was “jonesen” for some souse or do we call it soup and decided to check out a restaurant on Carmichael Road called CeAnne’s Islan’ Kitchen. We got chicken, Pigs feet and sheep tongue. Man, all I can say is “Dang” the souse was off da chain,” clean, clear water and just good. If you are ever in the area, give it a try and let me know.


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