Mauritian cuisine draws influences from Indian, Chinese, native African and French flavours, so the tastes and textures of local cuisine are both unique and delicious.
If you like snacks with a strong, distinct aroma and flavour, you'll absolutely enjoy Mauritian food. Often spicy and always tasty, there's so many street food snacks to try on your visit, which makes use of the local various spices and cultural influences from neighbouring nations.
One of the most popular street food dishes in Mauritius has got to be the Dholl Puri. It's a pancake-type of flatbread filled with yellow split peas, sometimes eaten alone or accompanied with curries and chutneys.
Also commonly referred to as 'chilli cakes' or 'chilli poppers', These deep-fried snacks are made with split peas, cumin, turmeric and chilli pepper, which makes them crunchy and powerful in flavour. Quite similar to the texture of falafel, the most authentic way to enjoy them is on bread.
If you attend any Mauritian parties, you're bound to see this snack served. Essentially, vindaye is a pickle made from turmeric, vinegar, fish and mustard and is usually enjoyed as an entree before the main meal of an evening.
Queen Victoria pineapples are an extremely popular sweet snack and are enjoyed both in their natural state and also as Anana Confit, chopped pineapple, mixed with a tamarind sauce and - you guessed it - chilli. It's a mix of flavours in each bite - sweet, savoury, spicy and sour all at once. Amazing.
For more Mauritian food ideas, tune into Brent Ownes Unwraps Mauritius, streaming from April 18, or watch Thursdays 9pm EDT on Lifestyle FOOD.